A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
COCKINGTON, a parish (formerly a market-town) in the hundred of HAYTOR, county of DEVON, 2½ miles (W.) from Torbay, containing 280 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, with that of Tor-Moham annexed, in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese of Exeter, endowed with £200 private benefaction, £400 royal bounty, and £1900 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Rev. Roger Mallock. The church contains an octagonal font and a wooden screen. Queen Elizabeth leased the rectory of Tor-Moham, and the church of Cockington, to Sir George Cary, who, in 1609, erected almshouses here for seven poor persons, with an endowment of £30 per annum, paid out of the rental of Cockington and Chilston manors: the old buildings were taken down in 1810, and new ones erected on a more convenient site. Cockington is said to have received the privilege of a market and a fair about the year 1297.