"THORVERTON, a large village, pleasantly situated on the west side of the Exe valley, about 7 miles N. of Exeter, and E. by N. of Crediton, has in its parish 1445 inhabitants, and 4063 acres of land, including the hamlets of Raddon, Yellowford, or Yoldford; and many scattered houses. It has two annual fairs, one on the last Monday in February, chiefly for fat sheep, and the other on the Monday after July 18th, for lambs, of which upwards of 40,000 are frequently sold, principally for rearing. The Dean and Chapter of Exeter are lords of the manor of Thorverton, and owners of 13092A., . . . J.H. Hippisley, Esq., is lord of the manor of East Raddon, and owner of 1226A.; Mrs. Fursdon owns 624½A., and the rest of the parish belongs to Lord Clinton and other freeholders. The manor and church of Thorverton were given by Henry II. to St. Martin's Abbey, in Tours; and in the farm-house called Chapel St. Martin, may be seen the remains of a Roman Catholic chapel. The Church (St. Thomas a-Becket,) is a large and handsome Gothic structure, with a tower and five bells. . . . The Dean and Chapter of Exeter are appropriators of the great tithes, and patrons of the Vicarage, . . . now in the incumbency of the Rev. J.D. Coleridge, LL.D., who has 27 aces of glebe, and a handsome residence, . .. . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Hayridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter, 7 miles S.W. of Cullompton. There was a medieval chapel at Raddon (rebuilt 1896, removed 1925).