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FILLEIGH

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"FILLEIGH, a parish in the hundred of Braunton, county Devon, 4 miles N.W. of South Molton, its post town, and 8 S.E. of Barnstaple. The South Molton Road station on the South-Western line is about 3 miles to the S.W. of the village. It is situated on the river Bray, and is intersected by the road from South Molton to Barnstaple. The soil abounds with blue limestone, which is quarried for building purposes. About one third of the land is arable, the rest meadow and pasture, with 70 acres of woodland. It abounds with varied scenery, and is enriched with several fine plantations. The living is a rectory annexed to that of East Brickland, in the diocese of Exeter. The church is a small stone edifice in the Gothic style, dedicated to St. Paul, and has a brass of one of the Fortescue family. The charities are small. There is a National school for both sexes. Castle Hill, a noble mansion, in an extensive park, is the seat of Earl Fortescue, who is lord of the manor. The grounds, which contain a beautiful sheet of water, are tastefully laid out."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003