Extract from the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72):
Ashwater, a village and a parish in Holsworthy district, Devon. The village stands 7 miles SSE of Holsworthy, and 21 SSW of Bideford r. station. It has a post office under Launceston, and fairs on the first Tuesday in May, and on the Monday after 1 Aug. The parish includes also the hamlet of Quoditch. Acres, 8,587. Real property, £3,887. Pop., 803. Houses, 161. The property is subdivided. Good building-stone is quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £700. Patron, W. W. Melhuish, Esq. The church is an old structure, with lofty pinnacled tower; and contains several monuments and a very fine ancient font. There are two chapels of Bible Christians.