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ASHBURY IN WHITE'S HISTORY, GAZETTEER AND DIRECTORY OF DEVON 1878

 

The church of St Mary the Virgin at Ashbury

The church of St Mary the Virgin at Ashbury

Now a redundant church cared for by the Woollcombe family descendents.

©Richard J. Brine

 

Ashbury is a parish 5 miles SW of Hatherleigh, in Okehampton union, county court district and rural deanery, Totnes archdeaconry, Black Torrington hundred, Hatherleigh petty sessional division and Okehampton polling district of South Devon. The parish had 50 inhabitants (26 males and 24 females) in 1871, living in 8 houses, on 1700 acres of land. Nearly all the parish is the manor and property of the Venerable Henry Woollcombe, Archdeacon of Barnstaple, who lives at Ashbury House, a fine old mansion with tasteful grounds, where his family has been seated since 1685.

 

The church (St. Mary the Virgin) is very ancient  and consists of chancel, nave and west tower containing three bells. The church is beautifully situated in the picturesque park of the Woollcombe family. It was rebuilt on the old foundations, and on the original plan, by the Venerable Archdeacon Woollcombe, in  1871. The Register dates from 1612. The living, a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 13s 4d is in the patronage of the Crown; the tithes amount to £73 and there is a glebe of 189 acres. In 1876, the benefice was united to the adjoining parish of Northlew, and the united living is held by the Rev. Thomas England.

 

Post from Exbourne, but Hatherleigh is the nearest Money Order Office. Okehampton is the nearest Railway Station, but it is expected that the station on the Holsworthy extension will soon be opened.

 

RESIDENTS

Copp, Caleb, farmer, Wadland

Hutchings, James, parish clerk

Vallance, Daniel, farmer, Stoney

Voaden, William, farmer, Pinnacle

Wood, John, farmer, Scobchester

Woollcombe, Henry Esq. JP, Ashbury House

 

 
 
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