"IDDESLEIGH or IDSLEIGH, on the east side of the picturesque valley of the river Torridge, 4 miles N.N.E. of Hatherleigh, is a village and parish, containing 545 souls and 2962 acres of land. Sir S.H. Northcote, Bart., is lord of the manor, and owner of about 2000 acres, formerly held by the Sully and Bingham families. Ash is the seat and property of Hugh Mallett, Esq., and has been long held by his family. The mansion is a handsome modern building, more than a mile from the village, on the banks of the river Okement. The Rev. P. Johnson, Wm. Arnold, W. Parker, and a few smaller freeholders have estates in the parish. The Church (St. James,) has a tower and four bells, and has lately been renovated and partly rebuilt at the cost of about £400. In the chancel is the effigy of a crusader, supposed to represent Sir John Sully." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Shebbear Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.
The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Linda Garnett, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: 1841 surname indices; 1891 census, 1901 census on fiche; PRs: Bapt 1653-1857; Marr. 1653-1837; Burials 1653-1903; Banns 1754-1901.)
Dingley, Dave. Bremelcumb, a short history of Brimblecombe. The author (2012) 46pp. [WSL ref: px631/IDD/DIN]
Downton, Barry. Iddesleigh: a parish in Devon. Iddesleigh: Iddesleigh Society (1893) 24pp: ill,map. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/IDD/0001/IDD] [Obtainable from the author] (Index) - a 32-page 2004 edition is now available.
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Iddesleigh, Devon. Typescript (1962) 12 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Dingley, Dave. Ash: a history of the estate in Iddesleigh, Devon Dave Dingley, Winkleigh, Devon (2008) 130pp. [Westcountry Studies Library, DRO and NDRO] [Medieval & post-medieval history of Ash House & estate, with much data on the Mallet and Smyth-Osbourne families]