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[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
"EXBOURNE, a parish in the hundred of Black Torrington, county Devon, 3½ miles S.E. of Hatherleigh, and 24 N.W. of Exeter, its post town. A tributary of the river Okement, or Ock, passes through the parish. The Copplestone station on the North Devon line is about 12 miles S.W. of the village. The soil is chiefly clay, but in parts a rich red loam. The meadows are very fine. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £261. The church is an ancient structure, built of granite. It is dedicated to St. Mary, and contains some old monuments. The charities amount to about £2 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes. A fair is held on the third Monday in April."