Rashleigh Barton was the local manor house and was the biggest employer in the village. It was not an arable farm, farming cattle on a grand scale. Being built in 1196 (or earlier); Rashleigh Barton has seen many changes-not only on a farming scale but on an architectural one as well.
In the hearth tax returns of 1664, it was shown to be home to large number of people. It shows that there were no fewer than twelve hearths in Rashleigh Barton; this made it one of the largest collections of hearths in Devon. The workmen used to work from dawn to dusk, six days a week, leaving the richer men to a life of hunting and gentleman farming alongside elerical duties.