"DAWLISH, or Daulish, is a large and handsome village, and bathing place, delightfully situated near a fine bay of the English Channel, between Exmouth and Teignmouth . . . and at the beginning of the present century was only a small fishing village. It lies in a picturesque valley opening to the sea, and a rivulet, which runs through its principal street, is crossed in several places by small bridges of stone or iron. . . . The Parish of Dawlish had only 1424 inhabitants in 1801, but in 1841 they had increased to 3132. It contains about 5017 acres of land, rising boldly from the valley and the beach, and including the small hamlets of Cockwood, Middlewood, Westwood, Holcombe, East Town, Shattern, and Lithwell. . . . Large quantities of mackerel, herring, and other fish are taken on the coast, and the neighbourhood is celebrated for orchards and excellent cider. The Parish Church (St. Gregory,) is at the upper end of the village, three quarters of a mile from the beach, and was all rebuilt, except the tower, in 1824-'5, at the cost of about £6000. it is a large and handsome structure in the early English style, and will seat more than 1500 hearers." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Exminster Hundred, under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of of Exeter. Starcross is a modern parish formed from parts of Dawlish and Kenton.