[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"GOODLEIGH, a parish in the hundred of Braunton, county Devon, 2 miles N.E. of Barnstaple, its post town, and 9 N.W. of South Molton. The North Devon branch of the London and South-Western line has a station within 2 miles of the village. The river Yeo, a tributary of the Taw, flows by the parish on its N. side. It includes the hamlet of Northleigh. There are several cherry orchards. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £252. The church is an ancient stone structure, dedicated to St. Gregory. It contains monuments of the Acland and other families. There are charities of about £2 per annum. The Independents have a chapel, and there are two schools, belonging respectively to the church and chapel. Miss Incledon is lady of the manor. "

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003