Marwood (St. Michael)

MARWOOD (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Barnstaple, hundred of Braunton, Braunton and N. divisions of Devon, 4 miles (N. W.) from Barnstaple; containing 1012 inhabitants. The parish comprises 5403a. 31p., of which 400 acres are woodland, 700 common, and the remainder arable and pasture; the soil is a light loam, resting on schist rock. The surface is pleasingly undulated, and the lower grounds are watered by two small brooks. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £24. 8. 6½.; net income, £328; patrons, the Master and Fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge. The church, a handsome structure in the later English style, with a square embattled tower, has an ancient wooden screen inscribed with the name of Sir John Beapul. There were formerly two chapels in the parish, one at Patsford, and the other at Whitefield. Judge Littleton is said to have been born at Middle Marwood.

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

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