"CHITTLEHAMPTON, a large and pleasant village, 5½ miles W. of South Molton, and 6½ miles S.E. of Barnstaple, has in its parish 1893 inhabitants, and 8720 acres of land, extending westward to the Taw Valley, and including the village of Chittleham-holt, and the hamlets of Ambow, Bidicot, Brightley, Stowford, Newton, and Head, and many scattered farmhouses, &c. There is some beautiful scenery on the banks of the Taw, particularly near Head Wood. A fair is held in the village on the third Saturday in March. The manor of Chittlehampton belongs to the heirs of the late Lord Rolle, and was formerly held by the Fitzhamon, Spenser, Dauberry, Pollard, and Venner families. The manor of Chittleham-holt belongs to John Brown, Esq., whose son has a pleasant seat here. Hudscot, a neat mansion with pleasant grounds, is the seat of the sister of the late Lord Rolle. J. Tanner, the Rev. P. Johnson, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Hieritha,) is a large and handsome structure, in the perpendicular style, with a fine tower and six bells. Its tutelary saint is said to have been interred here. It contains several handsome monuments, and has a finely carved stone pulpit." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
In South Molton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple and Diocese of Exeter. Included the outlier of Chittlehamholt.