"BICKLEIGH is a small village on the western side of the river Plym, in the picturesque vale to which it gives name, six miles N. by E. of Plymouth. Its parish contains 469 souls, and 2980 acres of land, including the village of Jump, and many scattered houses. Bickleigh Vale is much resorted to by anglers and the lovers of woodland scenery, who find excellent entertainment at Maristow Inn. . . . The manor was long held by Buckland Abbey, and afterwards by the Slannings, Modyfords, and Heywoods, the latter of whom sold it to S.M.M. Lopes in 1798. . . . The Church was rebuilt by Sir R. Lopes, in 1839, except the tower, which has six bells. The interior is neatly fitted up, and the east window is enriched with stained glass. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Includes the hamlet of Roborough. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.
Morris, Anna Bonathan. A Letter from India, 1851, Devon Family Historian, vol. 142, (2012) pp.6-7. [By William Bonathan aka Bailey (b. Bickleigh 1821)]
Helmore, Peter M.R. Thomas Matthews from Bickleigh, Devon Family Historian, vol. 96, (Nov 2000) pp. 3-8. [Thomas Matthews (1868-1938) served in Burma, India, and South Africa with the Devonshire Regiment]
Jones, Winslow. The Slannings of Leye, Bickleigh, and Maristow. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 19 (1887), pp. 451-66. [Includes pedigrees, 16-18th c.] [Index]
Jones, Winslow. The Slannings of Leye, Bickleigh, and Maristow. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 20 (1888), pp. 304-305. [Index]
Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. I: Bickleigh - Families of SLANNING and LOPES] [Index]
Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.