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.
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 Monkleigh has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Torridge. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Monkleigh and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Monkleigh, in Torridge and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th May 2015
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