"CLYST ST. MARY, a small parish and scattered village, 4 miles E.S.E. of Exeter, in the vale of the small river Clyst, has only 197 souls, and 582A. 3R. 35p., of land, belonging to H. Porter, S. Barnes, J. Guitton, and Robt. Davy, Esqrs., Miss Pidsley, and a few smaller owners. Winslade House, a large stone mansion, on an eminence, with tasteful grounds, is the seat of Henry Porter, Esq, and has been greatly improved in the during the last seven years at the cost of about £10,000. It has three beautiful terraces in front, and was formerly the seat of the Spicer and Porcher families.
The Church (Virgin Mary,) is a cruciform structure, with a tower and three bells, and its chancel was rebuilt about 40 years ago. The Rectory is in the patronage of Thomas Strong, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. E. Strong, M.A., who has a good residence and 32A of glebe. The parish has a small National School. This is a parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and Dioese of Exeter. Part of the village is in the parish of Sowton."