In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Burlescombe like this:
BURLESCOMBE, a parish in the district of Wellington and county of Devon; under Blackdown, on the Roman Port way from Somerset to Exeter, and on the Great Western canal and the Bristol and Exeter railway 5 miles SW of Wellington. It has a station on the railway, and it includes the tything of Appledore and the hamlet of Westleigh; the former of which has a post office, of the name of Appledore, North Devon. Acres, 3,768. Real property, £6,229; of which £700 are in quarries Pop., 856. ...
Houses, 175. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to E. A. Sandford, Esq An Augustinian priory was founded at Canonsleigh in the time of Henry II., by William de Clarville; conveyed, in 1284, to Maud, Countess of Gloucester, and changed by her into a nunnery; passed, after the dissolution, through a number of hands; and belongs now to the family of Browne. Some small remains of it, including a massive Tudor gateway, still exist. Limestone of superior quality abounds; and great quantities of it are sent off by canal and railway. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £255.* Patron, Rev. T.Tanner. The church is chiefly of the time of Henry VII.; was renovated in 1843; and contains a beautiful ancient screen, and fine monuments of the Ayshfords. An ancient chapel stands on the Ayshford estate; and was recently restored.
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 Burlescombe has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Mid Devon. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Burlescombe and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Burlescombe in Mid Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th August 2016
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