from White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Devonshire (1850)
transcribed by Brian Randell
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. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £17. 1s. 3d., and in 1831 at
£350, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Frederick Pitman,
M.A., who has 145A. 2R. 3P. of glebe, and in 1849-'50 erected a large and
handsome Rectory House, in the Elizabethan style, at the cost of about £2000.
It stands on a commanding eminence, and has tasteful grounds. The tithes
were commuted in 1847 for £332.10s. per annum. The Parish Houses are ten
ancient tenements, which have long been vested with the overseers of the
poor; together with £50 left by a Mr. Potter, about 1586.
Anstey Bartw. parish clerk
Anstey Wm. vict. Northcote Arms
Mallett Hugh, Esq. Ash House
Manning Aaron, vict., Duke of York
Pitman Rev Fdk. M.A. Rectory
Arnold Thos. O.
Arnold Jane & My.
BOOT & SHOE MKS.