A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
BOVEY (NORTH), a parish in the hundred of TEIGNBRIDGE, county of DEVON, 1¾ mile (S. W. by S.) from Moreton-Hampstead, containing 603 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £22. 10. 5., and in the patronage of T. Smith and J. Pidsley, Esqrs., surviving trustees of Viscount Courtcnay. The church is dedicated to St. John. This place was formerly of greater importance; its lords exercised the power of inflicting punishment for capital crimes. The vicinity is noted for mines of tin, which are worked to a considerable extent. A fair for cattle is held on the Monday next after Midsummer-day. Ten children are instructed for £11 per annum, the produce of sundry bequests for that purpose.