Chumleigh  Devon


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

CHULMLEIGH, or Chumleigh, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district in South Molton district, Devon. The town stands on a gentle eminence, at the right side of the river Taw, on the Roman road from Exeter, 3 miles NE of Eggesford r. station, and 8 S by W of South Molton. It was the scene of a skirmish, in 1645, between the royalists and the parliamentarians. ...

It has a head post office, ‡ of the name of Chulmleigh, North Devon, three inns, a parish church, two dissenting chapels, and two charity schools; and is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place. The church is later English; consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with a square massive tower; has an elegant carved oak screen, and a fine stone font; and was repaired in 1852. Markets are held on Wednesdays; and fairs on Easter Wednesday and the last Wednesday of July. -The parish comprises 8, 815 acres. Real property, £7, 644. Pop., 1, 705. Houses, 344. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged to the Courtenays and the Russells; and passed to the Rev. P. Johnson. Stone manor belongs to the Earl of Portsmouth; and Elstone manor, to Earl Fortescue. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £415. Patron, the Rev. R. Hole.—The sub-district contains eleven parishes. Acres, 35, 286. Pop., 5, 062. Houses, 1, 020.

Chumleigh through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 17th June 2024

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