"WHIMPLE, a pleasant vilage, with several neat houses, on a declivity, 4½ miles W.N.W. of Ottery St Mary, and 8½ miles N.E. by E. of Exeter, has in its parish 3028A. 3R. 13P. of land, and 816 inhabitants, including 128 on STRETE RALEIGH tithing. The parish also includes the small hamlets of Slewton, Perreton, and Cobdon, and many scattered farmhouses, &. A fair for sheep, &., is held in the vilage on the Monday after Michaelmas day. Thomas W. Buller, Esq., is lord of the manors of Whimple, Strete Raleigh, and Cobdon, formerly held by the Englefield, Clist, Pudding, Raleigh, Gould and other families. Abm. Smith, Esq., Geo. Brooke, Esq., Jas. Davy, Esq., Mr. J.S. Wish, the Rev. Jas. S. Townsend, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Mary,) is a neat structure in the perpendicular style, and was all rebuilt, except the tower, in 1845, . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £30, and in 1831 at £386, is in the patronage of Mrs. Sanders, and incumbency of the Rev. Lloyd Sanders, M.A., who has a neat and commodious residence and 67A. 3R. 14P. of glebe. . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Cliston Hundred, the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.