"BUCKLAND-BREWER, a large village, 5 miles W. by N. of Great Torrington, has in its parish 1103 souls and 5652 acres of land, including the hamlets of Bilsford, Galsworthy, and Tithacot, and many scattered houses. It had formerly a weekly market on Wednesday, granted to the abbot of Dunkeswell in 1290, but it has long been obsolete. Two fairs are held in the village, on Whit-Tuesday and the third Monday in November. The trustees of the late Lord Rolle are lords of the manor, which was given by the Brewer or Briwere family to Tor and Dunkeswell Abbeys. Mrs. and the Rev. J.M. Stevens, J.H. Lee, Esq., and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Mary and St. Benedict,) is a large antique structure, with a lofty tower and five bells. It stands on an eminence, commanding a view of the Bristol Channel." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Shebbear Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.