Sheepwash is a chapelry of Shebbear Ancient Parish in Devon.
Parish church: St. Lawrence
Parish registers begin: 1674
Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, and Society of Friends/Quaker.
Parishes adjacent to Sheepwash
Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870
Sheepwash, a village and a parish in Torrington district, Devon. The village stands on the river Torridge, 1 ¾ mile N of Highampton, and 10 ½ NNW of Okehampton r. station; was anciently called Sepawasse and Shipwash; was formerly a market town; was nearly destroyed by fire in 1743; and has now a post-office under Highampton, North Devon, and fairs on the Thursday before the third Saturday of March and the Thursday before 10 Oct. The parish comprises 1,971 acres. Real property, £2,023. Pop., 527. Houses, 103. The manor belongs to Lord Clinton. Upcott-Avenell mansion belonged formerly to the Hollands; and, with great portion of the land, belongs now to G. L. Coham, Esq. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Shebbear. The church is ancient. There are chapels for Baptists and Bible Christians.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848
SHEEPWASH (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Torrington, hundred of Shebbear, Black Torrington and Shebbear, and N. divisions of Devon, 4 miles (W. N. W.) from Hatherleigh; containing 497 inhabitants. It comprises 1771 acres, of which 1360 are arable and pasture, and 230 woodland, coppice, and common; the soil is various, and the surface hilly. The river Torridge sometimes inundates the lower grounds of the parish. The village suffered great damage from a fire in 1743; it had formerly a market and three annual fairs. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Shebbear: the impropriate tithes have been commuted for £110, and the vicarial for £99. The church is a neat structure with a tower. There is a place of worship for Baptists. In the parish are the remains of a large mansion called Upcott Avenel, to which a chapel was annexed.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848
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- County: Devon
- Civil Registration District: Torrington
- Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
- Diocese: Exeter
- Rural Deanery: Torrington
- Poor Law Union: Torrington
- Hundred: Shebbear
- Province: Canterbury