Monkleigh  Devon


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.

Monkleigh through time

Monkleigh is now part of Torridge district. Click here for graphs and data of how Torridge has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Monkleigh itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Monkleigh, in Torridge and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th September 2021

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