"DOLTON, or DOWLTON, 6 miles N. by E. of Hatherleigh, and 4 miles N.W. by W. of Winkleigh, has in its parish 922 souls, and 3476 acres of land; and has two cattle fairs, on the Wednesday before the 25th of March, and the Thursday before the 1st of October. Mr. Thos. Owen is lord of the manor, anciently called Dueltone, but the soil belongs to many proprietors. Halsdon House is the seat of J.H. Furse, Esq., whose family has been seated there since 1680. The Church (St. Edmund,) is a venerable structure, with a tower and five bells, and the living is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £20. 16s. 8d., and in 1831 at £363. The Rev. Peter Johnson, B.D., is patron, and the Rev. Wm. Karslake is the incumbent, and has a fine old residence, and 121A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1844 for £388. 7s. 7d. per annum. The Baptists and Plymouth Brethren have small chapels here. The poor have the dividends of £117. 19s. 10d. four per cent stock, left by Grace Jenn in 1809, and the interest of £24. 10s. left by unknown donors.." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in North Tawton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.