"HUNTSHAM, a parish of scattered houses, 5 miles N.N.E. of Tiverton, has only 157 souls and 2930 acres of land. The Rev. E.B. Troyte, LL.D., is lord of the manor, owner of a great part of the soil, and patron and incumbent of the rectory, valued in K.B. at £10. 12s. 11d., and in 1831 at £260. He has a pleasant seat here called Huntsham House, and 49A. 2R. 14P. of glebe; but the Parsonage is in a decayed condition. The tithes were commuted in 1842 for £187 per annum. The manor was formerly held by the Stanton, Dunsland, Beare, and Lucas families, the latter of whom sold it to the Troytes. The Church is an ancient ivy mantled structure, with a tower and three bells. It has a fine old screen, and the seats have all variously carved ends, and bear the date, 1534." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Tiverton Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.
A local census of Huntsham, of 1860, listing housholders and household numbers, is held at the Devon Record Office (DRO 1131A/PO 5).
The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is David Wall, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: RR Sellman's transcript of Parish Register; Commercial Directories 1850s-1930s.)
Greenslade, Olive L. Huntsham, Coterose Ltd. (Printer), Bampton (1981) 20 pp.
The Huntsham Book, Huntsham Society (2005) 262 pp. [Contents & Index] [The geographical scope of the book covers Huntsham Parish and neighbouring parts of Tiverton, Bampton, Hockworthy and Uplowman Parishes. The History section includes 25 pages on the Acland Troytes of Huntsham Court, while appendices include lists of clergy, teachers, tradesmen and postmasters.] [Now available on CD - enquiries to David Wall]
The Huntsham Society (founded in 2001) aims to: (i) explore, document, record, conserve and disseminate the local and natural history of Huntsham, (ii) create and maintain an information resource for the benefit and education of the local community, and (iii) foster interest in conservation issues. Contact: David Wall. It has published The Huntsham Book - see above under History.