"ASHBURY parish, 5 miles S.W. of Hatherleigh, has only 65 souls, and 1560 acres of land, nearly all the property and manor of John Morth Woollcombe, Esq., of Ashbury House, a fine old mansion, with tasteful grounds, where his family has been seated since 1685. The Church (St. Mary) is a small structure, which has lately been repewed, at the expense of Mr Woolcombe. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £5. 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £109, is in the patronage of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. H. Woolcombe, who is also rector of High Hampton and Pillaton. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Black Torrington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Ashbury, 1610-1635. Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-Registers of Devon, 1596-1644, and short notes on the extant pre-reformation registers of all the parishes in the county, from particulars furnished by the several incumbents thereof. Vol. 1 A-Bra. Exeter: W. Pollard (1908). [Full text]
Baptisms from Bishops Transcripts: Ashbury 1838-1844. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society (2013).
Burials from Bishops Transcripts: Ashbury 1842. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society (2013).
The Ashbury Tragedy - transcription by Rosemary Williams of a broadsheet poem about the murder in 1827 of Sarah and Edward Glass by Thomas Friend.
Hervey, W.R. "The Place where the Devil died of Cold": the histories of the united parishes of Northlew and Ashbury. "United by Order in Council". 24 March 1876 (typescript) (1876). [Exeter Cathedral Library]
Northlew History Group. The Book of Northlew with Ashbury : People of the Land, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (2002) 160 pp. [ISBN: 1841141976] [Index]
Williams, W.M. A West Country village: Ashworthy: family, kinship and land. London: Routledge Kegan Paul (1963) xxii, 229p: maps. [Ashworthy = Northlew and Ashbury]