A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
BOW, or NYMETT-TRACEY, a parish (formerly a market-town) in the hundred of NORTH TAWTON with WINKLEY, county of DEVON, 7¼ miles (W. by N.) from Crediton, containing 872 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £19. 8. 9., and in the patronage of J. Marshall, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Bartholomew. A market and a fair were granted to Henry Tracey, lord of the manor, in 1258; the former has been discontinued, but fairs for cattle are held on the third Thursday in March, Ascension-day, and November 22nd. John Gould, in 1682, endowed a school with £8. 10. per annum, and a house for the use of the master, who instructs ten children gratuitously.