In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Sheepwash like this:
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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Sheepwash, in Torridge and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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