Ashbury is a parish 5 miles S.W. of Hatherleigh, in Okehampton union, county court district, and rural deanery, Totnes archdeaconry, Black Torrington hundred, Hatherleigh petty sessional division and Okehampton polling district of South Devon. The parish had 50 inhabitants (26 males and 24 females) in 1871, living in 8 houses, on 1700 acres of land. Nearly all the parish is the manor and property of the Ven. Henry Woollcombe, Archdeacon of Barnstaple, who lives at Ashbury House, a fine old mansion with tasteful grounds, where his family has been seated since 1685.
Transcribed from History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devon, by William White, 2nd edition, 1878-9