Ashton (St. John the Baptist)
ASHTON (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of St. Thomas, hundred of Exminster, Teignbridge and S. divisions of Devon, 4 miles (N. by W.) from Chudleigh; containing 319 inhabitants. It comprises 1726a. 3r. 5p., of which about 200 acres are furze and fir plantations. The sudden inundations of the river Teign, which bounds the parish on the east, frequently occasion much damage. Several mines of manganese are worked by contractors from Cornwall, who pay to the lord of the manor a duty on the tonnage; and large quantities of the mineral are supplied to the Manchester and other manufacturers, for bleaching their goods. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £11. 10. 2½.; patron and incumbent, the Rev. George Ware, whose tithes have been commuted for £256, and who has a glebe of 50 acres. The church contains a very finely carved wooden screen and rood-loft.