Instow (St. John the Baptist)
INSTOW (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Barnstaple, hundred of Fremington, Brauntou and N. divisions of Devon, 3 miles (N. N. E.) from Bideford; containing 557 inhabitants. It is bounded on the north by the navigable river Taw, and on the west by the Torridge; and comprises by measurement 1605 acres. The village is pleasantly situated at the confluence of the rivers, and on the new road from Barnstaple to Bideford, which affords some picturesque views of the bay, with Lundy Island and the lighthouses. There are some quarries of freestone. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £12. 17. 3½.; net income, £292; patron, A. S. Willett, Esq.: the glebe comprises 30 acres. The church is an ancient structure. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. Here are several springs of chalybeate water.
Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.