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WINKLEIGH

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"WINKLEIGH, a parish in the hundred of the same name, county Devon, 6 miles S.W. of Chulmleigh, 21 N.W. of Exeter, and 4 W. of the Eggesford railway station. It is intersected by the new road from Torrington to Exeter, and, with the tything of Loosebeare, forms a distinct hundred. It is in parts well wooded and fertile, but includes a large tract of barren moor. The soil is dunland, upon a subsoil of clay and rock. Courts leet and baron are held annually. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, value £312, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to All Saints, commands a view embracing 24 parish churches and the distant hills of Dartmoor. The Wesleyans, Independents, and Bible Christians have chapels. The charities produce about £20 per annum. There are National schools, also an endowed almshouse, called Gidley's, for widows. Fairs are held on the first Monday after 7th July, and the first Wednesday in October for cattle. The Rev. P. Johnson, of Winkleigh Court, is lord of the manor."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003