Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for SHEEPWASH

SHEEPWASH, a village and a parish in Torrington district, Devon. The village stands on the river Torridge, 1¾ mile N of Highampton, and 10½ N N W of Okehampton r. station; was anciently called Sepawasse and Ship-wash; was formerly a market town; was nearly destroyed by fire in 1743; and has now a post-office under Highampton, North Devon, and fairs on the Thursday before the third Saturday of March and the Thursday before 10 Oct. The parish comprises 1, 971 acres. Real property, £2,023. Pop., 527. Houses, 103. The manor belongs to Lord Clinton. Upcott-Avenell mansion belonged formerly to the Hollands; and, with great portion of the land, belongs now to G. L. Coham, Esq. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Shebbear. The church is ancient. There are chapels for Baptists and Bible Christians.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Sheepwash Ch/CP       Torrington PLU/RegD       Devon AncC
Place names: SEPAWASSE     |     SHEEPWASH     |     SHIP WASH
Place: Sheepwash

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