Broadhembury  Devon


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Broadhembury like this:

BROADHEMBURY, a village and a parish in Honiton district, Devon. The village stands in a fertile valley, 5 miles ESE of Collumpton r. station, and 6 NW of Honiton; and has a post office under Honiton. It was formerly a market-town; and it still has a fair on the second Monday of Dec. The parish includes also the hamlets of Collaton, Luton, Dilford, and Kerswell. ...

Acres, 4,703. Real property, £5,961. Pop., 817. Houses, 164. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Tovington family; was given to Dunkeswell Abbey; and passed, in the time of Elizabeth, to the family of Drave. A Cluniac Abbey stood at Kerswell; and was subordinate to Montacute priory in Somerset. An ancient entrenchment, called Hembury fort, crowns a bold spur of high land; commands an extensive prospect; comprises an oval area, engirt by three well-preserved, lofty ramparts; seems to have been formed by the Britons, but was occupied by the Romans; and is thought, by some antiquaries, to have been the Roman station Moridunum. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £269.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is a fine ancient edifice; consists of nave, chancel, and south aisle, with pinnacled western tower; and contains a neat oak screen, a Saxon font, and monuments of several families. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £30. Toplady was vicar.

Broadhembury through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 02nd March 2021

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