A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
BUDLEIGH (EAST), a parish (formerly a market town) in the eastern division of the hundred of BUDLEIGH, county of DEVON, 4½ miles (W. S. W.) from Sidmouth, containing 1706 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Withycombe-Rawleigh annexed, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £30, and in the patronage of Lord Rolle. The church is dedicated to All Saints. There is a meeting-house for Independents. The river Otter flows through the parish. The antiquity of this place is evinced by its having given name to the hundred: the market was formerly held on Sunday, and afterwards on Monday, but it has been Wholly discontinued: a pleasure fair is held annually on Easter-Tuesday. Budleigh-Salterton, in this parish; is rising into repute as a watering-place; hot and cold baths have been built, and there is comfortable accommodations for visitors. A chapel of ease has been erected at the expense of Lord Rolle; and there is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. At Poer-Hayes is an old mansion, noted as the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh, in 1552, who was beheaded in 1618, besides some remains of an ancient chapel, dedicated to St. James.