"CULMSTOCK, a large village in the picturesque valley of the river Culm 7 miles N.E. of Collumpton, and 6 miles S.S.W. of Wellington, has in its parish 1446 souls, and 4530 acres of land, rising boldly from the valley, and including the hamlets of Upcott, Nicholshayne, Prescot, and Northend. . . . An old beacon, on a lofty hill, is still in good condition, and was occasionally used during the late wars. The manor has long been vested in the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, who are also appropriators of the rectory, and patrons of the Vicarage, valued in K.B. at £16, and in 1831 at £329, and now in the incumbency of the Rev. J.W. Karslake, who has a good residence ad 3A. of glebe. . . The Church (All Saints,) is an ancient structure, with a tower, containing five bells, and having a yew tree growing out of one of its sides. In the parish are three Chapels, belonging to the Quakers, Baptists, and Wesleyans. The parish has a National School, and is mostly leasehold under the Dean and Chapter; but R.H. Clark, Esq., and a few smaller owners, have estates here." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Hemyock Hundred, under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter.