From White's Devonshire Directory of 1850
MERTON, a neat village near Lord Clinton's park, 7 miles N. by W. of Hatherleigh, has in its parish 763 souls, and 3738 acres of land, including the hamlets of Smithacott and Little Potheridge, and many scattered houses. Lord Clinton is lord of the manor of Merton, and owner of a great part of the parish. The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle hold the manor of Potheridge, where the Monks were long seated, and where the mansion was rebuilt by Gen. Monk, (Duke of Abemarle,) about 1670, but was mostly pulled down after the death of the Duchess in 1734, though the magnificent stables are still standing. Archdeacon Stevens, and a few smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (All Saints,) is a handsome structure, which was restored and beautified about four years ago. One of the windows is richly emblazoned with stained glass, and a new organ has been erected. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £29. 15s. 7 ½d., and in 1831 at £424, is in the patronage of Lord Clinton, and incumbency of the Rev. J. C. Kempe, B.A., who has 65A. of glebe, and a handsome residence. The tithes were commuted in 1843 for £365 per annum. A neat National School was built by Lord Clinton, about four years ago. The rector has 20s. and the poor 5s. per annum, left by Thomas Langdon, in 1727.
Burnett Alex. steward to Ld. Clinton
Down Wm. wheelwright & smith
Gordon John, shopkeeper
Kempe Rev. Jas. Cory, B.A. Rectory
Lewis Geo. shopr. & vict. Malt Scoop
Mills John, schoolmaster
Smith Thomas, cooper, &c.
Stanbury Wm. miller, Westmoor
BOOT & SHOE MKS.
POST OFFICE at Jeremiah Smith's. Letters desp. 1½ afternoon
Brian Randell, 26 Aug 1999