[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
"SHEEP WASH, a parish in the hundred of Shebbear, county Devon, 5 miles N.W. of Hatherleigh. Exeter is its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the Torridge, which sometimes inundates the lower ground. It was formerly an extensive market town, but suffered great damage from a fire in 1743. Many of the female inhabitants are employed in glove-making. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £110, and the vicarial for £99. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the vicarage of Shebbear, in the diocese of Exeter. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, is an ancient structure, with a tower containing a clock and one bell. The Baptist and Bible Christians have each a place of worship. Lord Clinton is lord of the manor and principal landowner. Annual fairs are held on the Thursday prior to the third Saturday in March, and on the Thursday prior to the 10th October."