"DODBROOKE, at the head of the Salcombe estuary, forms part of the town of KINGSBRIDGE. . . . It had 1229 inhabitants in 1841, but comprises only 343A. 1R. 39P. of land. It has a cattle market on the third Wednesday of every month, and a fair on the Wednesday before Palm Sunday. . . . DODBROOKE is more ancient than Kingsbridge. and at Domesday Survey it belonged to the widow of Edward the Confessor, under whom the manor and the parish were held by the De Dodbrooke family. The manor passed successively to the Fitz Roald, Fitz Alan, Champernowne, Northleigh, Coxe, Southcote and Hodges families, and is now held by John Froude, Esq.; but W.J. Clark, Esq., J.K. Gillard, esq., and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish, mostly freehold. . . . DODBOROOKE CHURCH (St. Thomas-a-Becket,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and four bells, and was repaired a few years ago. The benefice is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £8. 11s. 4d., and in 1831 at £183, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. S.T. Mosse, M.A., who has 30 acres of glebe and a large and handsome residence, erected in 1834. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Coleridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.