Dunsford (St. Mary)
DUNSFORD (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of St. Thomas, hundred of Wonford, Crockernwell and S. divisions of Devon, 7 miles (W. by S.) from Exeter; containing 925 inhabitants. In the parliamentary war, the manor-house of Great Fulford, here, erected in the time of Elizabeth, was garrisoned for the king by Colonel Sir Francis Fulford, whose family have resided at this place since the Conquest; but the garrison surrendered to Fairfax, in 1645. The parish comprises 5878a. 2r. 5p., of which 4900 acres are arable and pasture, 300 coppice and woodland, and 600 covered with furze. A fair is held on the Monday after September 8th. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £19. 10., and in the gift of Baldwin Fulford, Esq., who, with others, is impropriator: the great tithes have been commuted for £245, and the vicarial for £365; the glebe comprises 7 acres, with a house. The church has a plain Norman doorway. A house of industry was built in 1828, at an expense of £700.
Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.