"POWDERHAM is a picturesque parish of scattered houses on the western side of the broad estuary of the Exe, opposite Lympstone, 6 miles S.S.E. of Exeter, and 2 miles N. of Starcross Railway Station. It contains 318 inhabitants, and 1452A. 1R. 26P. of land, belonging to the Earl of Devon, of POWDERHAM CASTLE, which stands in an extensive and well-wooded deer park, which rises in bold swelling hills between and near the confluence of the Exe and the Kenn, . . . The Castle was probably built either before the Norman Conquest, to prevent the Danes from coming up the river to Exeter; or else by William de On, a noble Norman, to whom the conqueror gave Powderham. The Castle was garrisoned for the King in the early part of the struggle between Charles I. and the Parliament, and was long an object of contention between the two parties; changing hands twice or thrice during the war. . . . The CHURCH (St. Clement,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells, and has recently been renovated and beautified, . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £27. 3s. 6½d., and in 1831 at £493, is in the patronage of the Earl of Devon, and incumbency of the Rev. Danl. Nantes, M.A., who has 91A. 3R. 28P. of glebe, and a handsome residence with beautiful grounds, overlooking the estuary. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Exminster Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.