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Chudleigh, a market town and parish 5 miles northeast of Ilsington, and 9 miles south southwest of Exeter, anciently called Chidleighe, formerly the residence of the bishops of Exeter. In the year 1309, Bishop STAPLETON procured for it the grant of a weekly market, and an annual fair. In 1807, nearly half of the town was destroyed by fire; situated on an eminence near the eastern bank of the river Teign, and the trade formerly consisted principally in the manufacture of woollen cloth; the living a vicarage, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Bishop of Exeter, and in the patronage of the parishioners possessing freehold property; the church is dedicated to St. Martin; and a free grammar school was founded in 1668, by Mr. John PYNSENT, of Combe in the county of Surrey. Chudleigh confers the title of baron on the family of CLIFFORD.

1668 Chudleigh, Devonshire Administration of Estate of Henry COOMBE (See Index to Devonshire Wills & Admins, p. 45)

1696 Chudleigh, Devonshire Administration of Estate of George COOMBE (See Index to Devonshire Wills & Admins, p. 48)


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