Clyst St Mary (and Clyst Sackville)
A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
CLIST (ST. MARY), a parish in the eastern division of the hundred of BUDLEIGH, county of DEVON, 2¼ miles (N. E. by N.) from Topsham, containing 145 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £5. 1. 3., and in the patronage of the Rev. Thomas Strong. This parish is memorable for having been the scene of one of the principal contests between the adherents of the old religion and the Reformers, in 1549, when the former were defeated, and pursued with great slaughter through the village to the heath adjoining. This parish is entitled to an annuity of £3 per annum from an estate called Holbrook, in the parish of Clist-Honiton, bequeathed by Thomas Weare for the education of six poor children.
CLIST-SACKVILLE, a chapelry in the parishes of CLIST ST. MARY, FARRINGDON, and SOWTON, eastern division of the hundred of BUDLEIGH, county of DEVON, 2¼ miles (N. by E.) from Topsham. The population is returned with the parishes of Farringdon and Sowton. The chapel, which was dedicated to St. Gabriel, has been demolished. This place was mortgaged by Sir Ralph Sackville to Walter Brownscomb, Bishop of Exeter, to enable him to proceed with Edward I. on a crusade to the Holy Land, promising to refund the money at a fixed period, and to defray all charges on the estate during his absence; on which the bishop erected a palace, still standing, and fenced the ground at great charge, so that the expense exceeded the value of the land, in consequence of which it remained with him and his successors, until Bishop Vesey alienated it to the Earl of Bedford.