Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870
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Transcribed by Elizabeth Glover HOWARD
Checked by Val HENDERSON
OTTERTON is a village and parish in St. Thomas`s union, containing, by the census of 1861, 1140 inhabitants, and 3479 acres; in the deanery of Aylesbeare, archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, hundred of East Pudleigh*, East Devonshire, on the east bank of the river Otter, near to the sea coast ; 3½ miles south-west from Sidmouth, 3 north-east from Budleigh Salterton, and 12 south-east from Exeter. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Richard Williams, B.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1846, at £336 per annum, with residence and 25 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of the trustees of the late Lord Rolle, who are also impropriators of the rectorial tithes, which were commuted at £370 11s. 3d. per annum. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Michael, with tower and five bells, and is about to be pulled down, and a new one built at the expense of Lady Rolle. There is a school for children of both sexes, the schoolhouse having originally formed a portion of a monastery ; and a new school for infants is in the course of erection by Lady Rolle. The poor have charitable bequests producing about £10 10s. per annum. The trustees of the late Lord Rolle are lords of the manor and principal landowners.
NORTHMOSTOWN, PASSIFORD**, PITSON, and PINN are hamlets forming part and parcel of this parish.
* Should read East Budleigh
** Noted spelling variation Passford and Passiford
*** Noted not in alphabetical order
*4 Noted double entry? and not in alphabetical order
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