[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003
"THORVERTON, a parish in the hundred of Hayridge, county Devon, 8 miles N. of Exeter, 5 from the Hele station, on the Great Western railway, and 7 S.W. of Cullompton, its post town. The village is situated on the road from Exeter to Tiverton, and near the river Exe, which bounds the parish on the E. At East Roddon is a house called "No Man's Chapel," built on the site of a church. The soil is clay and sand, with a subsoil of red rock, which is quarried. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £507, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket, was built in the reign of John, and has a tower and five bells. There are several stained windows, and some old monuments to the Tuckfield family. The parochial charities produce about £62 per annum. There are National schools for both sexes, a free school for girls, and a Sunday-school. The Baptists have a chapel. The Dean and Chapter of Exeter, J. H. Hippisley, and the representatives of the late G. S. Fursdon, are lords of the manor. Fairs for cattle occur on the last Monday in February, and the Monday following the 18th July."