A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
BRENT (SOUTH), a parish (formerly a market town) in the hundred of STANBOROUGH, county of DEVON, 7¾ miles (S. W. by S.) from Ashburton, containing 1401 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese, of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £29. 14. 4½., and in the patronage of the Rev. George Baker. The church is dedicated to St. Patrick. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The manor anciently belonged to the abbot of Buckfastleigh, who possessed the power of inflicting punishment for capital crimes. The river Avon pursues its course for six miles through the parish: there were formerly tin-works on Brent moor, but they have ceased operation. The market was held on Friday, but it has fallen into disuse: there are fairs for cattle on the last Tuesday in April and September. A court leet and a court baron are held for the manor. About fifty poor children are taught reading, for an annual sum of £13. 4., arising from land given by John Wilcocks, and subsequently by Thomas Acland, in 1733.