Iddesleigh 1850


from White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Devonshire (1850)

                   transcribed by Brian Randell

IDDESLEIGH or IDSLEIGH, on the east side of the picturesque valley of the 
river Torridge, 4 miles N.N.E. of Hatherleigh, is a village and parish, 
containing 545 souls and 2962 acres of land. Sir S. H. Northcote, Bart., is 
lord of the manor, and owner of about 2000 acres, formerly held by the Sully 
and Bingham families. Ash is the seat and property of Hugh Mallett, Esq., 
and has been long held by his family. The mansion is a handsome modern 
building, more than a mile from the village, on the banks of the river 
Okement. The Rev. P. Johnson, Wm. Arnold, W. Parker, and a few smaller 
freeholders have estates in the parish. The Church (St. James,) has a tower 
and four bells, and has lately been renovated and partly rebuilt at the cost of 
about £400. In the chancel is the effigy of a crusader, supposed to represent 
Sir John Sully. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £17. 1s. 3d., and in 1831 at 
£350, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Frederick Pitman, 
M.A., who has 145A. 2R. 3P. of glebe, and in 1849-'50 erected a large and 
handsome Rectory House, in the Elizabethan style, at the cost of about £2000. 
It stands on a commanding eminence, and has tasteful grounds. The tithes 
were commuted in 1847 for £332.10s. per annum. The Parish Houses are ten 
ancient tenements, which have long been vested with the overseers of the 
poor; together with £50 left by a Mr. Potter, about 1586.

Anstey Bartw. parish clerk
Anstey Wm. vict. Northcote Arms
Mallett Hugh, Esq. Ash House
Manning Aaron, vict., Duke of York 
Pitman Rev Fdk. M.A. Rectory 

Arnold Wm. 
Arnold Thos. O. 
Arnold Robert 
Arnold Jane & My.
Brook Philip 
Brook Tphna.
Channing Cornls. 
Cox Samuel
Goss Thomas
Lethern John
Paddon George
Parker Wm.
Piper Samuel
Ward John
Ward Wm.
Weekes Wm. 

Avery Wm.
Simmons Saml.

Clatworthy Thos.
Westcott Thos.

Ansty George
Hale Wm.
Brian Randell, 26 Aug 1999