[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"PYWORTHY, a parish in the hundred of Black Torrington, county Devon, 2 miles S.W. of Holsworthy, its post town. The village, which is considerable, is situated on the Bude canal. In the neighbourhood are several barrows which have been opened, and in which sepulchral urns were found. The surface is hilly, and about half the land is moor and marsh, the remainder being good arable and pasture. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £370, and the glebe comprises 185 acres. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £360. The church, dedicated to St. Swithin, has a lofty tower, containing five bells. In the interior is an arch of great antiquity. The parochial charities produce about £12 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes. The Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Bible Christians have each a place of worship."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003