Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for COLLUMPTON, or Cullompton

COLLUMPTON, or Cullompton, a town, a parish, and a sub-district in Tiverton district, Devon. The town stands on the river Culme and on the Bristol and Exeter railway, in a fine valley, amid charming scenery, 12½ miles NE of Exeter; consists chiefly of two main streets; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; and has a head post office, ‡ a railway station with telegraph, a banking office, three chief inns, a town-hall, a parish church, four dissenting chapels, and charities £223. The town hall is a recent erection; and includes a library, a reading room , and a lecture-room. The church is a noble pile, partly of the 15th century; consists of aisled nave, aisled chancel, and a side chapel, with imposing lofty western tower; and contains a gorgeous screen and rood-loft, with elaborate carvings. A weekly market is held on Saturday; and fairs on the first Wednesday of May and Nov. Woollen manufacture was formerly extensive but has declined; and industry is now carried on in tan-yards, paper-mills, corn-mills, and a church-bell foundry. Pop., 2, 205. Houses, 520. The parish comprises 7, 370 acres. Real property, £16, 848. Pop., 3, 185. Houses, 702. The property is subdivided. The manor was bequeathed by King Alfred to his son Ethelward; passed, in 1278, to Buckland abbey; and belongs now to W.Grant, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £400.* Patron, Rev. J. Oldham.—The sub-district contains four parishes. Acres, 12, 077. Pop., 4, 482. Houses, 946.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a town, a parish, and a sub-district"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Cullompton CP/AP       Cullompton SubD       Devon AncC
Place: Cullompton

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