A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
ASHWATER, a parish in the hundred of BLACK-TORRINGTON, county of DEVON, 6½ miles (S. E. by S.) from Holsworthy, containing 774 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £26. 6. 8., and in the patronage of the Rev. T. Melhuish. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, contains some interesting monuments. Fairs for cattle are held on the first Tuesday in May, and the first Monday after the 1st of August. Freestone of excellent quality is obtained in the vicinity.