In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hawkchurch like this:
HAWKCHURCH, a village and a parish in the district of Axminster and county of Dorset. The village stands near the boundary with Devon, the river Axe, and the Yeovil and Exeter railway, 3¼ miles NE by E of Axminster; and has a post office under Axminster. The parish comprises the tythings of Wyldecourt and Phillyholme. Acres, 4, 130. Real property, £4, 736. Pop., 705. Houses, 151. The manor belonged to Cerne abbey; and was given, at the dissolution, to John Leigh. Lambert's Castle Hill rises to an altitude of about 990 feet; and has traces of a Roman camp. ...
The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £600.* Patron, the Rev. E. Cay Adams. The church was rebuilt in 1862, on the site and after the model of a previous one; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with vestry, porch, and tower; and shows different styles in good amalgamation-the nave, Norman, the aisles and chancel, decorated English, the tower, perpendicular English.
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 Hawkchurch 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 Hawkchurch and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hawkchurch, in East Devon and Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th January 2017
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