A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
IDDESLEIGH, a parish in the hundred of SHEBBEAR, county of DEVON, 3¾ miles (N. E. by N.) from Hatherleigh, containing 482 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £17. 1, 3., and in the patronage of H. Harris, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. James, contains a monumental effigy of a crusader, supposed to represent Sir J. Sully, whose family once possessed this manor. The Rev. William Tasker, a poet and dramatist, was born here in 1740 he died in 1800.