"BROAD CLIST, or Broad Clyst, is a pleasant village, in the picturesque valley of the small river Clist, 5 miles N.E. of Exeter. . . . its extensive parish has about 2650 inhabitants, and 10,270 acres of land, extending several miles along the valleys of the rivers Clist and Culm, and comprising many scattered farm-houses, several handsome seats, and the small villages of Beer, Budlake, Westwood, Church Hill, and Black Dog; the latter of which has been built on the Common, since the enclosure in 1832. . . . The manor was held by the Crown at Domesday Survey, but was granted by Henry I. to the Novant family, from whom it passed to the Chudleigh, Arundell, Morice, and other families. In 1808 it was purchased by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bart., M.P., who owns more than half the parish, and resides at KILLERTON HOUSE, a large and handsome mansion, delightfully seated in an extensive and well-wooded deer park . . . . The Church (St. John,) is a large antique fabric, with a lofty tower and six bells. It has a good organ and several neat monuments. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Cliston Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter. Columb John is a private chapel of the Acland family; St Paul, Westwood is a modern chapel (1874).