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St. Mary's Church, Washfield

St. Mary's Church, Washfield - December 2007

© Richard J. Brine


Washfield, a scattered village picturesquely situated near one of the sources of the River Exe, two miles N.W of Tiverton, has in its parish 503 souls and 3235 acres of land, forming a detached member of West Budleigh Hundred. John F. Worth Esq. owns a great part of the soil and is lord of the manor. He has a pleasant seat here called Worth House where his family has been settled since the thirteenth century. Messrs John and Robert Melhuish, Thomas Daniel, William Talley and a few small owners have estates here.


The Church (St. Mary) is a gothic structure with a large tower and five bells. In the chancel are several neat mural monuments. The Rectory, valued in the king's Book at £19 17s 6d, and in 1831 at £409, is in the patronage of J. F. Worth, and incumbency of the Rev. John Pitman BCL of Broadhempston. The glebe is 26 acres and the Rectory House, occupied by the Curate, is a good residence with tasteful grounds. The tithes were commuted in 1837 for £407 per annum.


The National School, built in 1836, is attended by about 50 children. A cottage and 8½ acres of land given for the poor by Gregory and Baldwin Harris in 1651, are let for £14 a year. The poor have also the interest of £5 left by Francis Eveleigh; and two of the most godly poor parishioners have about £5 each yearly from Blagden's Charity, Tiverton.



Bockett, Rev. Joseph MA, Rector of Stoodleigh & Curate of Washfield

Cavill, John, wheelwright

Lucas, Elizabeth, corn miller

Pearce, William, gardener

Pook, Lucretia, schoolmistress

Tucker, Abraham & John, masons

Tucker, Simon, parish clerk

Worth, John F. Esq. Worth House

Worth, Miss Mary, Beachamp House


Ansty, John, Lower Pitt

Baldwin Edwin

Baldwin, Robert

Beedell, Thomas

Broomfield, Robert, Dryhill

Carter, Robert, Pilemore

Chave, William, Stanton

Coles, John

Davey, William, Great Harpridge

Elworthy, John, Endwardley

Gale, Henry, Church Pitt

Gale, John, Pountney

Hawkins, Edward, West Ramshen

Holway, Abel

Melhuish, John, Moor Hayes

Melhuish, Robert, Hatherland

Milford, John, Marsh

Moss, James, Great Winstow

Musgrove, John, Ennerford

Norrish, Thomas, Hatherland Mill

Poole, Thomas

Skinner, William, Parkhouse

Were, Peter, Cotley

Whitter, John, Badcott



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