Huish, in mid-Devon, is a small hamlet, parish and former manor situated approximately one mile south-east of Merton, five and a half miles from Hatherleigh, and about seven from Torrington. It was a member of the historic hundred of Shebbear and was in the deanery of Torrington. The small village of Newbridge is in this parish. It contains St James the Less Church and the mansion and home farm of Heanton Satchville, the seat of Baron Clinton. The mansion-house of Heanton Satchville, built in 1782 and called "Innes House" until 1812, is situated a few hundred yards to the north of the church in extensive parkland, which runs down to the west bank of the River Torridge.
St James the Less Church
The church was heavily restored in 1873 by Charles Henry Rolle Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 20th Baron Clinton (1834–1904) to the designs of George Edmund Street. Only the medieval tower remains unaltered. It contains monuments to the families of Yeo and of the Barons Clinton.
Descent of the manor
Samuel Lysons wrote in 1822 as follows (apparently relying on Tristram Risdon: "Huish, or Hewish, Huish, or Hewish, anciently Hiwis, gave name to the equestrian (i.e. knightly) family of Hiwis, whose heiress married Chief Justice Tresilian, in the reign of Richard II, and afterwards Sir John Colshill. The manor of Huish passed afterwards, by purchase, to a branch of the Yeo family" (of Heanton Satchville, Petrockstowe, adjacent to the west) "who resided at this place for many generations. It was sold by Edward Rooe Yeo, Esq., M.P., the last of this branch of the family, to Mr. John Dufty, of whom it was purchased, 1782, by Sir James Norcliffe Innes (d.1823), Bart., now Duke of Roxburgh, who when Sir James Innes built a new house on the estate for his own residence, called Innes House. Huish was sold by Innes ostensibly to Richard Eales, Esq., of the City of Exeter, Clerk of the Peace for the County of Devon(as the following mortgage deed testifies: (Devon Record Office 48/22/11/6 22 June 1807)
"Huish, Assignment for residue of 2 terms of 1000 years. (1) Sir James Norcliffe Innes Ker late called Sir James Norcliffe Innes of Huish, Bart. (2) William Hole of Barnstaple, gent., and Revd. Peter Wellington Furze of Dowland, clerk. (3) William Nation of the City of Exeter, banker and John Hutchings of the said City, banker. (4) Rt. Hon. John Lord Rolle, baron Rolle of Stevenstone. (5) Richard Eales of Exeter, esq. (6) John Edge Manning of Exeter, gent. Manor and lordship of Huish and the right of presentation to the Church of Huish. [Details specified]; To secure £10,000 and interest to (4) and subject thereto. In trust for William Naton, esq., and to attend the inheritance".
Thus Innes had obtained a loan from Lord Rolle and had conveyed the property to him and his associates as mortgage security. The holders of the security (including apparently Lord Rolle) sold it, in about 1812, to Robert Trefusis, 18th Baron Clinton (d.1832), whose property and seat it now is". In 1812 following its purchase by Lord Clinton it was renamed "Heanton Satchville", after his former seat in Petrockstowe parish which burned down in 1795. The new Heanton Satchville in Huish also burned down on 18 December 1932  and was rebuilt in 1937-8 by Lord Clinton to the design of Sir Walter and Michael Tapper, in the late 17th-century style, in an H-shape, with modillion cornice and sash-windows.Bicton House, inherited from Mark Rolle (d.1907) had nevertheless remained Lord Clinton's principal seat until his death in 1957.
The last in the line of Yeo of Huish was Edward Roe Yeo (1742–1782), MP for Coventry twice, 1774–1780 and 27 Feb. 1781-23 Dec. 1782. He was the son of George Yeo of Huish by his wife Ann Beresford, daughter of Edward Beresford (d.1736) of Sudbrooke Holme, Sudbrooke, West Lindsey, Lincolnshire. He was educated at Eton College 1758-60, and at Exeter College, Oxford 1761. He trained as a lawyer in the Middle Temple, 1751. He died unmarried on 23 December 1782. According to Tristram Risdon writing in about 1630 the first of the family to purchase Huish was Leonard Yeo "a flourishing branch of the Heanton house", who married Arminell Beresford, the daughter of Christopher Beresford of London. His descendant Leonard Yeo, whose mother was a co-heiress of "Smith" (Risdon is not more precise), owned the manor in Risdon's time (c. 1630) and married a daughter of the Fortescue family of Weare Giffard. His son married the daughter of Sir Robert Bassett, knight.
- Quoted from: 'Parishes: Hockworthy - Huxham', Magna Britannia: volume 6: Devonshire (1822), pp. 273-287. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50580 Date accessed: 05 March 2012.
- Hoskins, W.G., Devon, 1954
- "Access to Archives". The National Archives. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- Quoted (with additions) from: 'Parishes: Hockworthy - Huxham', Magna Britannia: volume 6: Devonshire (1822), pp. 273-287. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50580 Date accessed: 05 March 2012.
- Lauder, Devon Families, p.73
- Pevsner, Buildings of England: Devon, London, 1991, p.497
- Delderfield, Eric R., West Country Historic Houses and their Families, Newton Abbot, 1968, pp.79-82, Heanton Satchville, p.80
- House purchased 1759 by Ellison family, rebuilt in Georgian style, demolished 1921; History of Parliament biog. in error re location of the estate
- History of Parliament biography
- Risdon, 1810 edition, pp.265-6; Additional notes to 1810 edition, p.419