"UPOTTERY, or Up-Ottery, is a pleasant village, in the picturesque valley of the river Otter, a few miles from its source, and 5 miles N.E. by N. of Honiton, Its parish contains 991 souls, and 5830A. 3R. 23P. of land, including the Rawridge tithing, and many scattered farms, and extending to the borders of Somersetshire. Here is a cattle fair on October 17th, and an annual ploughing match. Viscount Sidmouth is lord of the manor and owner of a great part of the parish, and resides at the large new Manor House, which has been lately erected at great expense. . . . The manor was given by the Conqueror to Ralph de Pomeroy, and was afterwards given to the church of Rouen, from which it passed to Sir Nicholas Cheyney, in the reign of Henry III. It afterwards passed to the Willoughby, Blount, and Popham families, and was purchased of the latter by Dr. Addington, father of the late Viscount Sidmouth. The CHURCH (St. Mary,) is a fine antique structure, with a tower and five bells. . . . The Dean and Chapter of Exeter are patrons of the vicarage, . . . The Rev. George Lowe, M.A. is the vicar, and in 1843'-4, erected a new Vicarage House, in Elizabethan style, at the cost of about £1600. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Axminster Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.