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

"BICKLEIGH, a parish in the hundred of Hayridge, in the county of Devon, 3 miles to the S. of Tiverton, its post town. It is situated on the banks of the river Exe, which is here joined by the Dart. The former is crossed by a bridge. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, of the value of £420, in the patronage of Sir W. P. Carew, Bart. The church is dedicated to St. Mary, and contains monuments of the Carew family, whose seat was Bickleigh Court, which no longer exists. The noted Bamfylde More Carew, styled King of the Gipsies, was a member of this family, his father being rector of the parish at the time of his birth, in 1693. The eccentric wanderer died here in 1758. The charitable endowments of the parish amount to £28 a year."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003