"STOCKLAND is a large scattered village and parish on the bold range of hills between the Otter and Yarty valleys, about 6 miles N.E. of Honiton, N.W. of Axminster, and S.E. of Chard. It contains 1328 inhabitants, and 5850 acres of land, and with its adjoining parochial chapelry of Dalwood, formed a detached member of Dorsetshire till 1842, when it was added to Devon by act of Parliament. It has a cattle fair on the Wednesday after June 11th, and comprises many scattered farmhouses, &c. The Rev. H.W. Marker is lord of the manor; but W. Tucker, Esq., Robert Davy, Esq., Josiah Anstice, Esq., Thomas Culverwell, Esq., the Rev. Wm. Michell, and many smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The CHURCH (St. Michael,) is a fine antique fabric, with a tower and six bells. . . . The Rev. H.R. Surtees is the present vicar, and has a good residence and 1¼A. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Whitchurch Hundred, originally in the Archdeaconry of Dorset and the Diocese of Bristol. It was transferred to the Diocese of Exeter in 1836 and to Devon in 1844.