A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
ROCKBEAR, a parish in the eastern division of the hundred of BUDLEIGH, county of DEVON, 5¼ miles (W.) from Ottery St. Mary, containing, with part of the tything of Rawleigh, 443 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £9, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter, The church is dedicated to St. Mary. Lawrence Colesworthy, in 1702, bequeathed £4 per annum for teaching poor children.
RAWLEIGH, a tything partly in the parishes of BICTON and ROCKBEAR, eastern division of the hundred of BUDLEIGH, and partly in the parish of WHIMPLE, hundred of CLISTON, county of DEVON. The population is returned with the parishes.