A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
HEMYOCK, a parish in the hundred of HEMYOCK, county of DEVON, 5¼ miles (S.) from Wellington, containing 1159 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £32. 0. 7½., and in the patronage of Mrs. Hutton. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. Here are the remains of an ancient castle, which is said to have been garrisoned by the parliamentary forces during the civil war: the east entrance has a pointed door-way, and there are the relics of five towers. A school was endowed by Mrs. Waldron, in 1749, for teaching five poor children to read. At the northern extremity of the parish is a large cairn, called Simon's barrow.