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Burlescombe, a parish in the east division, partly in the hundred of Halberton, but chiefly in the hundred of Bampton, is 1-1/4 miles southeast of Holcombe Rogus, 2-1/2 miles northeast of Uffculme, less than four miles northeast of Uplowman, and 4-1/2 miles northeast of Willand, with 1073 inhabitants in 1830, the living a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter... endowed with 200 private benefaction, and 200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of William Ayshford SANDFORD, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains several ancient monuments. A priory for Augustine canons was founded at Leigh, thence called Canonleigh, in this parish, by Walter CLAVELL, in the time of Henry II., in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Etheldreda: the society, in the beginning of the reign of Edward I., was changed by Matilda de Clare, Countess of Hereford and Gloucester, for an abbess and nuns of the same order, whose number, in the 26th of Henry VIII., was eighteen, and the revenue 202. 15. 3. In 1286, the abbess obtained a licence for a weekly market to be held here. The gateway, and the ruins of the eastern wing of the abbey, are visible in the grounds belonging to Mr. BROWNE. There is a small chapel at Ashford, in which divine service is performed eight times during summer, a special endowment charged on the Court estate having been given for that purpose...

Ashford is a hamlet in that part of the parish of Burlescombe which is in the hundred of Halberton, the population returned with Burlescombe.

South Appledore is a hamlet in that part of the parish of Burlescombe which is in the hundred of Bampton, the population returned with the parish. Parliament maintained a fort at Appledore in 1645.

1332 Appledore. Devonshire Lay Subsidy Rolls. William de COMBE 8d

5 Feb 1642 Burlescombe, Devon, England. Married: Jana COOMBE and Morricius EDMONDS. (Source: Vital Records Index, British Isles, FHL Number 6340824, Dates: 1580-1736)

6 Jan 1659 Burlescombe, Devon, England. Married: Robert COOMBE and Mary WEBBER. (Source: Vital Records Index, British Isles, FHL Number 6340824, Dates: 1580-1736)

2 Feb 1699 Burlescombe, Devon, England. Married: Maria COOMBE and Thomas WITHERS (Source: Vital Records Index, British Isles, FHL Number 6340824, Dates: 1580-1736)

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