At the time of writing, the author had recently been appointed Vicar of Stockleigh English and had decided to explore the history of his new parish as well as that of neighbouring Stockleigh Pomeroy. Stockleigh according to Polwhele, means "village place", while the suffixes in each case refer to the ancient families of English (de Engleis) and de Pomeroy. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the New York Public Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.