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West Down


A Topographical Dictionary of England


 Samuel Lewis (1831)

Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)

DOWN (WEST), a parish in the hundred of BRAUNTON, county of DEVON, 4 miles (S.) from Ilfracombe, containing 562 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £8.14. 9., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, contains a monument to the memory of Sir J. Stowford, a justice of the common pleas in 1343, for the welfare of whose soul the prior of Wells founded a chantry, and endowed it with a stipend for the maintenance of a priest.