Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870
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SLAPTON is a village and parish in Kingsbride union, containing, by the census of 1861, 681 inhabitants, and 3430 acres; in the deanery of Woodleigh, archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Coleridge, South Devonshire; 7½ miles south-west from Dartmouth, 7½ east from Kingsbridge, and 12 south from Totnes, on the sea coast overlooking Start Bay. The vicarage, in the incumbancy of the Rev. Richard Antram, M.A., is values at £96 per annum, and is in the patronage of trustees. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. James, consisting of nave, chancel, and north and south aisles, with tower and five bells. A Collegiate Church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with a perpetual chantry of five priests, and a rector and clerks, was founded here, in 1373, by Sir Guy de Briant, or Brent, who appropriated to its use the parish church of Poundstock, in Cornwall, to which Loddiswell was added in the year 1413. One of the priests was the minister of Slapton; it was dissolved in 1545. A fine moss-covered tower, of the Pointed period, situate in the garden of the Rev. Richard Thomas Blagden, M.A., at the top of the village, is all that remains of the Collegiate Church. The Bible Christians and Wesleyans have places of worship here. This manor was formerly held of the Bishop of Exeter, by the Earl of Devon, on condition of acting as steward at the installation feast of new bishop. The correspondence between Bishop Stapleton and Hugh de Courtenay, Earl of Devon, on this subject, is dated from Newton Plympton. There is a school for children of both sexes, which has an endowment, out of which there is also a fund for apprenticing poor children.
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