"MONKLEIGH, 3 miles W.N.W. of Great Torrington, is a village and parish, containing 699 souls, and 2177 acres of land, formerly belonging to Montacute Priory, in Somersetshire. The Rev. J.T.P. Coffin is now lord of the manor, which was given to his family after the Reformation; but a great part of the parish belongs to Wm. Tardrew, Esq., and John Saltren Willett, Esq.; the former of whom resides at Annery, a fine old mansion which has been much altered and modernized, and was for a long period the seat of the Hankford family. J.S. Willett, Esq., resides at Petticombe, and here are several smaller landowners. Sir Wm. Hankford, who died at Annery, in 1422, is said to have been the Lord Chief Justice who committed Prince Henry to the Tower, for striking him a blow on the bench." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Shebbear Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Monkleigh County Primary School. Centenary exhibition Monkleigh:1875-1975: collection of extracts from the Manor records 1282- 1936 of the Portledge Estate. Typescript  23p. [Barnstaple Library - 333.332/MON 1/MON]