ASHTON, a scattered village and parish on an acclivity, rising from a small rivulet, four miles N. by W. of Chudleigh, has 319 souls and 1709A. 3R. 5P. of land, mostly belonging to Viscount Exmouth, the lord of the manor. The Chudleighs were lords of the manor, and were seated here, from 1320 till about 1750, and the remains of their mansion may be seen in a farm house. Sir Geo. Chudleigh was created a baronet in 1620, but the title became extinct on the death of Sir James, who was killed at Ostend, in 1745. Their house, which had been garrisoned for the King, was taken by the Parliamentarians, Dec. 29th, 1645. The Church (St John) is an ancient fabric, with a tower and six bells. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Exminster Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.
Howard, Elizabeth. From Lead to Gold, Devon Family Historian, vol. 102, (May 2002) pp.21-22. [About Mary Ann Harris, née Satterley, b. Ashton 1834, who emigrated to Canada in about 1857, and her family's life there.]
MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Cresswell, B.F. Notes on the Churches of the Deanery of Kenn, Devon, (1912) pp. 27-28. [Extracts]
Dwelly, E. (ed.). Devon M. I. vol. 1., being all the monumental inscriptions in the parishes of Countisbury, Brendon, Martinhoe, etc. pp. v. 226. E. Dwelly: Fleet, (1918). 8o. BL 9918.aaa.1. [SoG Library]