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Wembworthy (St. Michael)

WEMBWORTHY (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Crediton, hundred of North Tawton, South Molton and N. divisions of Devon, 3½ miles (S. S. W.) from Chulmleigh; containing 418 inhabitants. The parish is situated nearly in the centre of the county; the scenery is agreeably diversified, and enlivened with the handsome residence of Eggesford, the seat of the Hon. Newton Fellowes, near which is a circular encampment surrounded by a fosse. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £11. 13. 4., and in the gift of the Rev. P. Johnson and others: the tithes have been commuted for £165. 12., and the glebe comprises 40 acres. The church has been almost entirely rebuilt, at the expense of the Hon. N. Fellowes. Dr. Burton, author of the Pentalogia and other learned works, was a native of Wembworthy.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.