"BUTTERLEIGH is a small village and parish, 3 miles S.S.E. of Tiverton, containing only 155 souls, and 2479 acres of land, rising boldly from a tributary of the river Exe. The manor was held for a long period by the Pulleyn and Courtenay families, the latter of whom sold it in 1600 to Sir Simon Leach. It was afterwards dismembered, and now belongs to Wm. Hole, Esq., George Barne, Esq., Mr. John Pitt, and a few smaller freeholders. The Church is a plain antique fabric, with a tower and three bells. . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £10. 8s. 6d., and in 1831 at £180, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. John Pike Jones, vicar of Alveton, Staffordshire, for whom the Rev. M. Thorne, M.A. officiates. The Parsonage is a neat residence in a picturesque valley, and the glebe is 58A. 2R. 26P. The tithes were commuted in 1837 for £95 per annum. The poor have 28s. a year out of Butterleigh mills, left by Robert Winn, in 1800." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Cliston Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.