"DUNKESWELL, which gives name to a deanery, is a small village, in a narrow picturesque valley, near the source of a rivulet, 6 miles N.N.W. of Honiton. Its parish is boldly diversified with hill and dale, and comprises 536 souls, and about 4000 acres of land, including an open turf moor of about 100 acres, and many scattered houses. Mrs. E.P. Simcoe owns a great part of the soil, and is lady of the manor. She has a pleasant seat at the south end of the parish, called Wolford Lodge, 4 miles N.N.W. of Honiton. This mansion was the seat of the late General Simcoe, and near it there was anciently a church called Wolfer Church, which was granted by King John to DUNKESWELL ABBEY, which was founded at the north end of the parish, by Wm. Lord Brewer, in 1201, for Cistercian monks . . . . There are still some slight vestiges of the abbey, and on its site a handsome District Church has lately been erected by Mrs. Simcoe, . . . The Parish Church (St. Nicholas,) is in the centre of the parish, about two miles south of the new Abbey Church. It was rebuilt in 1817, and is a small cruciform structure, with a tower and three bells. . . .." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Hemyock Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.