[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003
"SOUTH BRENT, a parish in the hundred of Stanborough, in the county of Devon, 6 miles to the W. of Totnes. Ashburton is its post town. It is situated in a pleasant and fertile district on the banks of the river Avon, and is a station on the South Devon railway. Brent was anciently a market town, and the manor was held by the abbots of Buckfastleigh, who had a gallows here, and the power of inflicting capital punishment. There is a picturesque waterfall close to the bridge over the Avon. On the neighbouring common, tin was once worked. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, of the value of £822, in the patronage of the Rev. N. Cole, incumbent. The church is dedicated to St. Patrick. The Wesleyans have a chapel in the village. The charitable endowments, consisting of the parish lands, and bequests for education by John Wilcocks and Thomas Acland, produce about £140 per annum.