Uffculme (St. Mary)

UFFCULME (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Tiverton, hundred of Bampton, Collumpton and N. divisions of Devon, 4¾ miles (N. E.) from Collumpton; containing 2011 inhabitants. This is a decayed market-town, and during the last century a great quantity of serge was made here; there are still some flannels manufactured; and fairs are held on the Wednesday in Passion-week, June 29th, and the middle Wednesday in September. The parish comprises 5545 acres, of which 179 are common or waste. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £18. 0. 2½., and in the patronage of the Prebendary of Uffculme in Salisbury Cathedral: the great tithes have been commuted for £427. 11., and the vicarial for £455. 16. The church has a rich wooden screen. There are places of worship for Baptists and Independents; also a free grammar school founded in 1701, by Nicholas Ashford, with £1200, of which £400 were expended in building the schoolhouse. Bradfield Hall, in the parish, is a perfect ancient mansion, containing several curious apartments, and to which a chapel was formerly attached. On a common in the neighbourhood is a place called Pixy Garden, an old earthwork.

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

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