A Topographical Dictionary of England


 Samuel Lewis (1831)

Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)

MAMHEAD, a parish in the hundred of EXMINSTER, county of DEVON, 4¾ miles (E. by N.) from Chudleigh, containing 320 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £10. 17. 6., and in the patronage of the Crown, by reason of lunacy. A school here is supported by annual donations, amounting to about £8. On Mamhead point is an obelisk of Portland stone, one hundred feet high, erected by Thomas Balle, Esq., of Mamhead House, in whose grounds are some noble specimens of the Quercus Ilex, and other rare exotics introduced by him from the continent.