A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
WIDWORTHY, a parish in the hundred of COLYTON, county of DEVON, 3½ miles (E. by S.) from Honiton, containing 274 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king's books at £11. 16. 0½., and in the patronage of J. T. B. Marwood, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Cuthbert, contains the effigy of a knight in armour, and a fine monument, by Bacon, to the memory of James Marwood, Esq., a liberal benefactor to the parish. Near it is an old earthwork, and in the north-east part of the parish are vestiges of an ancient intrenchment. Benedictus Marwood, Esq., in 1742, gave £100, and the Rev. Joseph Somaster, in 1770, left £50, to be applied for the education of poor children. At Wilmington, in this parish, a fair is held on the morrow of the festival of St. Matthew.