White's Devonshire Directory of 1850
Transcribed by Debbie Kennett
"ASHREIGNY, or Ring's Ash, is a village and parish, 4 miles W. by S. of Chulmleigh, and contains 1088 souls, and 5586 acres of fertile land, including the hamlets of Riddlecombe, and Hayes. The Rev. P.T. Johnson, B.D., is lord of the manor, formerly belonging to the Reigny and other families, but part of the soil belongs to the Hon. Newton Fellowes, Mrs. Pyncombe's Trustees, Miss Carew, The Rev. S. Alford, the Rev. W.P. Thomas, and a few smaller owners. Here is an annual fair on the Wednesday after January 30th. The Church (St. James,) is an ancient structure with a tower and six bells; and the living is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £24, and in 1831 at £402. The Rev. P.T. Johnson is patron, and the Rev. G. Johnson is the incumbent, and has a good residence and 78A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1841 for £460 per annum. Here is a Wesleyan Chapel, and the parish has £10 a year from Mrs. Pyncombe's charity, for schooling poor children."
Barlow Rev George, curate