In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Monkleigh like this:
MONKLEIGH, a village and a parish in Bideford district, Devon. The village stands on high ground, above the river Torridge, 3 miles NW by W of Torrington, and 4¼ S by E of Bideford r. station; belonged to Montacute monastery; and took thence the name of Monkleigh, by corruption of Monk-Leasne. ...
The parish comprises 2,177 acres. Post town, Torrington, North Devon. Real property, £2,369. Pop., 627. Houses, 125. The property is divided among four. The manor passed by purchase, after the Reformation, to the Coffins. Annery House, a fine mansion overlooking the picturesque village of Wear-Gifford, belonged formerly to Chief-Justice Sir W. Hankford, and belongs now to Mrs. Tardrew. Petticombe is the seat of J. S. Willett, Esq. There is a large earthenware manufactory. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £150.* Patron, J. S. Willett, Esq. The church is ancient, in fair condition; has a S aisle belonging to the Annery estate, and rebuilt in 1829; and contains a screen, two brasses, a monument to Sir W. Hankford, and a tablet to Major A. S. Willett who served and died in the Crimea. There a re a Wesleyan chapel, and a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Monkleigh, in Torridge and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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