"HARPFORD, a scattered village in the picturesque valley of the small river Sid, 3½ miles N.W. by W. of Sidmouth, and 10½ miles E. by S. of Exeter, has in its parish 305 souls and 1518 acres of land, including the hamlets of Bowd, or Bowood, Sotherton, and Burrow, each about a mile from the church. Harpford Wood contains about 400 acres, and exhibits some picturesque scenery formed by the hills of Ottery and Sidmouth. The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle are lords of the manor and owners of a great part of the parish; and the rest belongs to the Rev. J. Sydenham, Henry Peppin, Miss L.H. Peppin, Mr. Thomas Stocker, and a few smaller owners. The manor was anciently held by the noble family of Dinham, and their old mansion, now a farm-house, called Court Place, is traditionally said to have been the county gaol, before its removal to Bicton. The Church (St. Gregory,) is a venerable fabric, with a tower and three bells, and was appropriated in 1205 to the Abbey of St Michael de Monte, and afterwards to Sion monastery. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £18. 11s. 3d., and in 1831 at £239, with that of Venn-Ottery annexed to it, is in the patronage of the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle, and incumbency of the Rev. J.C. Fisher, M.A., . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter. Part of the Otter Valley area.