Doddiscombsleigh

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Doddiscombsleigh
St Michaels Church, Doddiscombsleigh - geograph.org.uk - 1308300.jpg
St Michaels Church, Doddiscombsleigh
Doddiscombsleigh is located in Devon
Doddiscombsleigh
Doddiscombsleigh
Location within Devon
Area2.61 sq mi (6.8 km2)
OS grid referenceSX8586
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEXETER
Postcode districtEX6
Dialling code01647
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Devon
50°40′N 3°37′W / 50.66°N 03.62°W / 50.66; -03.62Coordinates: 50°40′N 3°37′W / 50.66°N 03.62°W / 50.66; -03.62

Doddiscombsleigh (anciently Doddescombe Leigh[1]) is a small settlement in Devon, England. It is 5 miles (8 km) southwest of the city of Exeter and one mile East of the River Teign and the Teign Valley.

Geography[edit]

Despite its proximity to the city, the village is difficult to find, as it is surrounded by twisting-narrow-lanes and deep valleys, tucked away in the shelter of the Haldon Hills. The village is accessed via minor roads which are predominately single track with passing places. The A38 passes within 3 miles at Haldon Hill. The war memorial has the OS grid reference SX 855 865 and for sat nav users the postcode is EX6 7PS.

The parish is 2,391 acres in size.[2]

Geologically, the village placed on the outer perimeter of the metamorphic aureole surrounding Dartmoor. There is a fault running along the valley in the region which became heavily mineralised with metalliferous ores. This made the area well known historically for its mining activities. In Doddiscombsleigh there were many manganese workings,[3] and Jasper could be found.[2]

Landmarks[edit]

Parish Church[edit]

The C of E parish church of St Michael is in the village and is a grade I listed building. St Michael’s contains the greatest collection of medieval stained glass to be found in situ anywhere in Devon, apart from that in the Great East Window of Exeter Cathedral. The panels in St Michael’s, which were installed c1480, were all produced in the 15th century by the same glazing workshop as some of the glass at Exeter Cathedral.[4]

These panels left Exeter over five hundred years ago - around the time of the Wars of the Roses - transported out of the city during the late Middle Ages on a cart and hauled up and down the precipitous Haldon Hill, before being installed in the church for which they were made. And they remain there today, rare survivals of perhaps the most fragile of medieval art forms.

The church was extensively restored and rebuilt by the architect Edward Ashworth in the late 1870s.[4]

Town Barton[edit]

Town Barton - which lies between the church of St Michael and The NoBody Inn is the historic Manor house; also known as the Capital Messuage or Mansion House of Doddiscombsleigh. The current building in a 17th-century grade II listed building.[5]

The first record of Town Barton was in the Domesday Book of 1086 when Doddiscombsleigh was known as Terra Godeboldi under the reign of one Godbold the Bowman. Town Barton was the Capital Barton (Manor House) for Godbold`s Domesday Estates.

This makes it one of the very rare instances of a property truly being specifically traceable to where a Doomsday owner dwelt. The manor of Doddiscombsleigh was also known as Legh-Peverel, but the name was dropped when the manor changed hands, with a Sir Ralph Doddescomb being recorded as living in the old mansion house in the reign of Henry III (1216-1272).

Town Barton was renowned for its twenty acres of apple orchards which produced "remarkably fine cider", no doubt supplying the local hostelleries.

The NoBody Inn[edit]

The sign for the Nobody Inn

The cottage that is now The NoBody Inn was listed as a "dwelling houses” or “messuage" in 1837, however, from the early 1600s at least, it was the village's unofficial Church House. Originally called Pophill Howse, details are sparse until 1752 when it was owned by Stephen Diggines "the church carpenter". The Inn has had a curious role in the parish. It did not ‘formally’ become The New Inn until 1838, although it is believed to have been ‘informally’ established in the late 18th century to provide ‘liquid refreshments’ for the many men who worked in the mines of the hills at Ashton, Doddiscombsleigh and Christow in their efforts to satisfy the huge demand for manganese for use in the potteries and for bleaching.[6]

The name of the pub came from 1952 when the inn’s landlord died, and the undertaker and the pallbearers they failed to notice that there was no body in the coffin when it was buried in the village churchyard. That day the undertaker noticed that they still had the body. They telephoned the inn during the wake and the mourners were told of the mishap. The empty coffin was duly dug-up and re-bueried.[7]

An alternative explanation is that a landlord of the inn was in the habit of leaving his potman in charge of the inn when he went out on business. The potman was either shy or lazy, and when travellers came knocking at the inn door seeking refreshment would shout "There's nobody in!"

This multi-award-winning inn is renowned both nationally and internationally and is especially recognised for its extensive whisky selection and fine food.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

Media related to Doddiscombsleigh at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.256
  2. ^ a b GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Doddiscombsleigh, in Teignbridge and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time
  3. ^ Andrew Westcott (2003). "MANGANESE MINING In Doddiscombesleigh - A study of the remains of the old undocumented manganese workings around this village in South-West England". QSL.net.
  4. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Michael (1333908)". National Heritage List for England.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Town Barton (1097777)". National Heritage List for England.
  6. ^ "History". www.nobodyinn.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  7. ^ Adam Edwards (16 October 2004). "Pint to pint: Nobody Inn". The Daily Telegraph.