"GITTISHAM, a small straggling village on a picturesque declivity, near the source of the river Sid, about 3 miles from Ottery St Mary and Honiton, and 14 miles E.N.E. of Exeter, has in its parish 376 souls and 2067A. 2R. 5P. of land, rising in bold hills from the Otter and Sid valleys. The knightly family of De Lumine held the manor in the reign of Henry II., and it afterwards passed to the Willingtons, Beaumonts, and the Putts. It passed from the late Rev. Thos. Putt to the Rev. Henry Wm. Marker, the present lord of the manor, and owner of most of the parish, who has a pleasant seat here called Combe House, a large stone mansion in the Elizabethan style, standing on a commanding eminence in a well-wooded park, overlooking the Otter valley. . . . The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells, and contains some fine monuments to the Beaumont and Putt families. . . . In the churchyard is a large elm tree, the hollow trunk of which is 30 feet in circumference. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £21. 8s. 11½d., and in 1831 at £320, is in the patronage of the Rev. H.W. Marker, and the incumbency of Rev. Thomas John Marker, M.A., who has a large residence with pleasant grounds, and 47A. 1R. 6P. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.