"POLTIMORE, 4 miles N.E. of Exeter, includes the small hamlet of RATSLOE, and contains 264 inhabitants, and 1430 acres of land, all the property and manor of Lord Poltimore, who resides occasionally at POLTIM0RE HOUSE, a large square cemented mansion in a beautiful park, stocked with deer, and encompassed by verdant and well-wooded hills. . . . At Domesday Survey, the manor of Poltimore was held in demense by Haimerius de Arcis, but it soon afterwards passed to the Poltimores, who conveyed it in the reign of of Edward I. to Simon Lord Montacute, who sold it to Wm. Pointington, a canon of Exeter. The latter gave it to his pupil, John Bampfylde, or Baumfeld, an ancestor of its present owner. In 1641, John Bampfylde, Esq., was created a baronet, and the late Sir Charles Warvick Bampfylde was the fifth baronet of his family. . . . Lord Goring, who had been quartered at Poltimore with 1500 horse, retired into Essex on the approach of Sir Thomas Fairfax, in October, 1645, when Poltimore House was garrisoned by the latter, with the consent of its owner. The treaty for the surrender of Exeter is said to have been opened here on the 3rd of April, 1646. Sir Coplestone Bampfylde was an active promoter of the restoration of Charles II., and was the first sheriff of Devon after the king's return. . . . The Church (St. Mary,) is an ancient cruciform structure, with a tower and six bells." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Wonford Hundred, the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.