Cullompton  Devon


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Cullompton like this:

COLLUMPTON, or Cullompton, a town, a parish, and a sub-district in Tiverton district, Devon. The town stands on the river Culme and on the Bristol and Exeter railway, in a fine valley, amid charming scenery, 12½ miles NE of Exeter; consists chiefly of two main streets; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; and has a head post office, ‡ a railway station with telegraph, a banking office, three chief inns, a town-hall, a parish church, four dissenting chapels, and charities £223. ...

The town hall is a recent erection; and includes a library, a reading room , and a lecture-room. The church is a noble pile, partly of the 15th century; consists of aisled nave, aisled chancel, and a side chapel, with imposing lofty western tower; and contains a gorgeous screen and rood-loft, with elaborate carvings. A weekly market is held on Saturday; and fairs on the first Wednesday of May and Nov. Woollen manufacture was formerly extensive but has declined; and industry is now carried on in tan-yards, paper-mills, corn-mills, and a church-bell foundry. Pop., 2, 205. Houses, 520. The parish comprises 7, 370 acres. Real property, £16, 848. Pop., 3, 185. Houses, 702. The property is subdivided. The manor was bequeathed by King Alfred to his son Ethelward; passed, in 1278, to Buckland abbey; and belongs now to W.Grant, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £400.* Patron, Rev. J. Oldham.—The sub-district contains four parishes. Acres, 12, 077. Pop., 4, 482. Houses, 946.

Cullompton through time

Cullompton is now part of Mid Devon district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mid Devon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Cullompton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cullompton in Mid Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd July 2024

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