A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
BICTON, a parish in the eastern division of the hundred of BUDLEIGH, county of DEVON, 3¾ miles (W. S. W.) from Sidmouth, containing, with a portion of the tything of Rawleigh, 204 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £12. 13. 4., and in the patronage of Lord Rolle. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. According to Mr. Polwhele, the possessor of the manor of Bicton is obliged to "find a county gaol."
RAWLEIGH, a tything partly in the parishes of BICTON and ROCKBEAR, eastern division of the hundred of BUDLEIGH, and partly in the parish of WHIMPLE, hundred of CLISTON, county of DEVON. The population is returned with the parishes.