Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870

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  ASHCOMBE is a village and parish in the St Thomas's union, containing by the census of 1861, 212 inhabitants, and 1932 acres; in the deanery of Kenn, archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, hundred of Exminster, East Devonshire; 3 miles east from Chudleigh, 5 north from Teignmouth, and 9 south from Exeter. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. Wilmot Henry Palk, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1842, at £242 per annum, with residence and 31 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor. The church is a fine ancient edifice, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle, and tower with three bells; a new font of Bath stone and marble base with oak cover, designed by H. Woodyer, Esq., and an organ by Mr. Dicher of Exeter, placed under the tower arch, were added to the church in 1869. There is a school for children of both sexes, and in 1802 Robert Moalle bequeathed £3 per annum for schooling poor children. Sir Lydston Newman, Bart., is lord of the manor and chief landowner.


Palk Rev. Wilmot Henry, M.A., J.P., rector, The Parsonage

Trades and Professions.

Adams William Carrel, farmer, Langdon Barton, Lower Ashcombe

Advent William, tailor and organist, Lower Ashcombe

Bussell John, miller, Lower Ashcombe

Cornelius John and William, farmers, Woodhouse, Middle Ashcombe

Coysh Mrs. Mary, blacksmith and tobacconist


Hill Christopher, farmer, Ashcombe Barton

Pudner John, carpenter

Trent William, farmer, Charlwood


Letters from Dawlish, which is the nearest money order office to Middle and Lower Ashcombe. Chudleigh is the nearest money order for Ashcombe.


National School - Mrs. L. Advent, mistress