"SEATON and BEER, the former a pleasant retired village and sea bathing place, on the western side of the mouth of the river Axe, and the latter a large fishing village, about a mile to the west, on a small cove or creek, which runs to the English Channel through a deep narrow glen; are distant from 2½ to 3½ miles S. of Colyton, and from 19 to 20 miles E. of Exeter. They are in the parish of Seaton, which contains 4120 acres of land, and had 1497 inhabitants in 1801, and 1996 in 1841, of whom 765 were in Seaton, and 1231 in Beer tithing. . . . Beer was formerly notorious for smuggling, and was the birthplace of that celebrated smuggler, "Jack Rattenbury, the Rob Roy of the West," . . . Great quantities of fish are caught at Beer, and many of the women and girls are employed in making lace. . . . The scenery on the coast from here to Sidmouth, is probably the finest on the southern shores of Devon. . . . Sir W.C. Trevelyan, Bart., is lord of the manor of Seaton, . . . The Walronds were long seated at Bovey House, and were lords of the manor of Beer, which passed with their heiress to the late Lord Rolle, whose trustees now hold it . . . Seaton Church (St. Gregory,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and four bells; and the living is a vicarage, . . . now held by the Rev. C.J. Glascott, B.A. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Colyton Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.