"DUNCHIDEOCK, a small scattered village and parish, in a picturesque valley, 4 miles S.W. of Exeter, has only 208 souls, and 950 acres of land. Sir L.V. Palk is lord of the manor, but the greater part of the soil belongs to James Pitman, Esq, of Dunchideock House, a large mansion, with pleasant grounds, on a bold acclivity. The Church (Holy Trinity,) was partly rebuilt in 1669, and has a tower and three bells. It contains a handsome monument in memory of General Stringer Lawrence, who died in 1775. He has also a monument in Westminster Abbey, erected by the East India Company, in gratitude for his services in India, and the peace which he concluded at Carnatic. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £14. 17s. 1d., and in 1831 at £327, with that of Shillingford St. George annexed to it, is in the patronage of Sir L.V. Palk, and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Palk, B.C.L., who resides at Shillingford, there being neither Parsonage nor glebe here. . . . Here is a small School, supported chiefly by the rector.." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Exminster Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.