Place:Iddesleigh, Devon, England

Alt namesEdeslegasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 82
Edeslegesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 82
Iwesleisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 82
Ywesleiasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 82
Coordinates50.85°N 4.033°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoShebbear Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Okehampton Rural, Devon, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1974
West Devon District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

From 1894 until 1974 Iddesleigh was a parish in the Okehampton Rural District and since 1974 local administration is dealt with by the West Devon District.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Iddesleigh has ancient origins and is listed in the Domesday Book. The village lies on the B3217 road, roughly central in its parish of around 2,900 acres, about eight miles north of the town of Okehampton. In 2001, the population of the parish was 198, down from 335 in 1901, and 441 in 1801.

Iddesleigh has been described as an attractive small village, built of "cob and thatch", with good views of Dartmoor to the south. Its church is a grade I listed building and there are a number of other listed buildings in the parish.

Sir Stafford Northcote (1818-1887) owned most of the parish at one time and took the title of Earl of Iddesleigh, though he never lived here. Ash House, a grade II listed building in the south of the parish, was the seat of the Mallet family from 1530 to 1881.

There has been a settlement at Barwick, in the southeast corner of the parish, since at least the early 15th century: a document dated 1440 refers to it as Berewyke. There are two listed buildings here. Little Barwick is a late 15th-century building with 17th-century and later alterations—its most notable feature is its medieval full cruck trusses, unusual in Devon. South Barwick Farmhouse dates from the first part of the 17th century. Barwick had a stud farm breeding shire horses before World War I. Michael Morpurgo, the author of the book War Horse on which the stage play of the same name is based, has lived in Iddesleigh since the 1970s.

The parish church, dedicated to St James, is at the western edge of the village, and is a grade I listed building. With 13th-century origins, but mostly dating from the 15th century, it has wagon roofs in its nave and north aisle. A recumbent effigy of a knight with a plain shield, lying under an arch has been dated to c. 1250 and is believed to be of a squire of Iddesleigh, a member of the locally-notable Sully family.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Iddesleigh.

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