"EXBOURNE, a pleasant village and parish, on the east side of the picturesque valley of the river Okement, 5 miles E.S.E. of Hatherleigh, has 593 inhabitants, and 2280A. of land. Here is a cattle fair on the 3rd Monday in April. The assignees of Joseph Risdon, Esq., are lords of the manor, but most of the soil belongs to John Tattershall, S. and R. Westlake, and other freeholders. The Church (St. Mary,) has a tower and five bells, and the rectory, valued in K.B. at £27. 11s. 8d., and in 1831 at £299, is in the gift of John Hudson, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. H. Brailsford, L.L.B., who has a good residence, built nine years ago. The tithes have been commuted for £275 per annum. The School was built in 1839. The poor have the interest of £18, left by several donors.." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Black Torrington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.