In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Broad Clyst like this:
BROAD CLIST, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict in St. Thomas' district, Devon. The village stands on the river Clist, adjacent to the Bristol and Exeter railway, 5 miles NNE of Exeter; and has a station on the railway, a post office‡ under Exeter, and fairs on the first Monday of April and Sept. It was burnt, in 1001, by the Danes. The parish includes also the hamlets of Dog and Westwood. Acres, 9,188. Real property, £14,380. Pop., 2,318. Houses, 468. The property is divided among a few. ...
The manor belonged, at Domesday, to the Crown; was given by Henry I. to the Novant family; passed to the Chudleighs, the Arundells, and others: and belongs now to Sir T. D. Acland, Bart. Killerton, on which is Killerton House, the seat of Sir T. D. Acland, belonged once to a family of its own name; passed through several hands; and was purchased, about the middle of the 17th century, by the Aclands. Columbjohn, now also the property of Sir T. D. Acland, belonged at one time to the Earls of Devon, and passed through several families. A mansion on it, built by the Earls of Devon, and afterwards supplanted by a new one, was garrisoned, during the civil war, for Charles I.; and became the headquarters of Fairfax, when his army was stationed at Silverton. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £407. Patron, Sir T. Acland. The church is later English; has a lofty tower; and was repaired in 1833. There is a domestic chapel in the park of Killerton House. A suite of alms-houses has £24 a year; and other charities £45.-The subdistrict contains four parishes. Acres, 14,992. Pop., 3,537. Houses, 713
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Broad Clyst has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Devon. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Broad Clyst and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Broad Clyst in East Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th October 2014
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