A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
BELSTONE, a parish in the hundred of BLACK-TORRINGTON, county of DEVON, 3 miles (E. S. E.) from Oakhampton, containing 157 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £9. 0. 1., endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £300 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Rev. John Hole. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains the remains of a cucking stool. The rivers Ockment and Taw, having their sources in Dartmoor, flow through the parish, in which several copper mines were formerly worked.