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Pridhamsleigh is first recorded (by the name leigh meaning wood) in a boundry dispute of 1219. A tithe pavement was recorded on the property in 1281 , when the family name Proudhomme (proud man), which gave the site the first part of the place name is first recorded. It was valued at the sum of 10 shillings (50p) in the taxation of Pope Nicholas of c. 1291.
In 1343 John de Proudhome was granted the right for mass to be celebrated at the manor at a porable alter (not a chapel). There was therefore a substantial farmhouse at Pridhamsleigh by the late 13th and 14th centuries.
The fortunes of Pridhamsleigh changed dramatically in the eary 17th century, when it was aquired by the Gould family, ancesters of the celebrated Victorian the Rev. Sabine baring Gould. The Goulds were an important Devon family throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries. In the late 18th century Edward Gould (sometimes known as "Edward the Scamp") sank deeply into debt by gambling, disposing of the manor in 1760 and dying of poverty in 1788.