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A Topographical Dictionary of England


 Samuel Lewis (1831)

Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)

DODBROKE, a market-town and parish in the hundred of COLERIDGE, county of DEVON, ½ a mile (E.) from Kingsbridge, containing 885 inhabitants. This place derives its name from the Dod, a small stream by which it is separated from the town of Kingsbridge; it is a place of some antiquity, and in the time of Edward the Confessor was the property of Brietrie, sheriff for the county. It obtained, in the reign of Henry III., the grant of a weekly market, and an annual fair for two days on the festival of St. Mary Magdalene. The town, situated on the declivity of a hill, is indifferently built, but well supplied with water: it is noted for its white ale, a beverage peculiar to this part of Devonshire, which is ready for use on the day after it is brewed, and in this parish is subject to tithe, in lieu of which, the rector receives a commutation of ten-pence from each inn-keeper. The market, formerly held regularly, is now held only on the third Wednesday in every month; there is a cattle fair on the Wednesday before Palm-Sunday. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £8. 11. 4., and in the patronage of the Rev. Dr. Owen. The church, dedicated to St. Thomas à Becket, is built on rising ground, at the extremity of the town; it is an ancient structure, strengthened with buttresses, and embattled, and contains an ancient stone font in the early English style, and a wooden screen finely carved. Dr. Wolcott, the satirical poet, more generally known by the assumed name of Peter Pindar, was a native of this place.