"BICKINGTON, (HIGH) 8 miles E. by N. of Torrington, and N.W. of Chulmleigh, has in its parish 895 souls, and 3993 acres of land, including North and South Hele, Stowford, and other scattered farms. It had formerly a market every Wednesday, which was discontinued about 1725, and it still has a cattle fair on the Monday after May 14th. The parish is in several manors, and belongs to A. Bassett, Esq., Mrs. Pyncombe's Trustees, the Rev. W.P. Stowell, John Bremridge, Esq., the Rev. P. Johnson, and a few smaller owners. The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower and six bells, and the rectory, valued in K.B. at £39. 7s. 7d., and in 1831 at £532, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. W.P. Stowell, who has a pleasant residence and 157A. 3R. 34P. of glebe. The Baptists have a chapel here, and the poor have the interest of £40 left by Joshua Tucker, in 1721. The parish school has £10 a year from Mrs. Pyncombe's Charity." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in North Tawton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.