Transcribed from a notebook belonging to George Hole, Rector of Doddiscombsleigh
Note in the Rector's hand:
"At the time when French invasion was talked of, I found the following note made in the handwriting of my uncle, Mr. Thomas Hole, which I take the trouble of copying on account of the mention made of "waste ground called Bowling green or Sporting Place, belonging to ye Parishioners."
We, the underwritten proprietors of stock of the parish of Doddiscombsleigh, do fix upon for the proper place of assembly for the cattle, carts and horses of our parish, the waste ground in our parish known by the name of the Bowling Green or the Sporting Place.
(Then follows the signatures of the following):
This was extracted from a book of the population of the parish made in 1811 where are the original signatures.
G. Hole, May 1823"
(The population in 1821 was 356 (all ages) being 191 Males and 165 females.)