Whitchurch is in the West Devon local authority area, and within Tavistock Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. Due to the expansion of Tavistock in recent years, it is now considered part of Tavistock, but historically, it was part of Roborough Hundred. It is believed that a church was present in Whitchurch as early as the 11th century, and most likely built from the white elvan found at nearby Roborough Down. This may be the derivation of the village's name. The main church currently standing in Whitchurch - St. Andrew - is for the most part a 15th century building made from granite as well as elvan. 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 Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.