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A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
WHITCHURCH, a parish in the hundred of ROBOROUGH, county of DEVON, l¼ mile (S. E.) from Tavistock, containing 692 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £16. 5. 5., and in the patronage of the Rev. Peter Sleeman. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. A chantry chapel was founded, in 1300, by the abbot of Tavistock. Francis Pengelly, Esq., in 1719, left £6 per annum for teaching six poor children. The Tavistock races are held annually on Whitchurch down.