Chittlehampton (St. Urith)

CHITTLEHAMPTON (St. Urith), a parish, in the union and hundred of South Molton, South Molton and N. divisions of Devon, 5¼ miles (W.) from South Molton; containing 1893 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the river Taw, and intersected by the new Exeter road, comprises 8673 acres, of which 150 are common or waste. It is enlivened with some beautiful scenery on the banks of the river, especially at Head Wood; and the grounds of Hudscott, one of the seats of the Rolle family, add materially to the interest of the view. Culm is obtained within its limits, and limestone is found, imbedded in thick slate or flagstone. A fair is held on the third Thursday in March. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £34. 18. 11½.; net income, £413; patrons and impropriators, the family of Rolle. The church is in the later English style, and has a handsome embattled tower: the pulpit is richly ornamented with figures of saints and with foliage finely carved, and the window above the altar is embellished with painted glass; there are some beautiful monuments to the Giffards and the Rolle family. A chapel, dedicated to St. John, was built in 1838, by subscription, aided by a grant of £200 from the Incorporated Society, and was endowed by Lord Rolle, who also built a residence for the minister. At Brightley are to be seen some remains of an ancient mansion and a chapel.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

Navigation

Preface
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z