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Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870

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Transcribed by David GALE

Checked by Val HENDERSON

Pages 359 - 360

  ABBOTSHAM is a village and parish in Bideford union, containing, by the census of 1861, 365 inhabitants, and 1758 acres; in the deanery of Hartland, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, hundred of Shebbear, North Devonshire: 2½ miles south-west from Bideford, on the coast between Barnstaple Bay and the river Torridge. The cliffs overlooking the bay are much frequented in summer. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Edward Dansey, M.A., is valued at £120 per annum, with residence and 36 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of Edward Urch Vidal, Esq. It was attached to the monastery of Tavistock until the dissolution by Henry VIII. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Helen, in the Early English style, consisting of nave, chancel, south transept, and tower with four bells. The Baptists have a place of worship here, and there is a National School for children of both sexes. The poor have charitable bequests producing £10 per annum. Edward Urch Vidal, Esq., J.P., is lord of the manor, and he and the Rev. Edward Dansey and Messrs. Turner are the principal owners of the soil.

Clergy and Gentry.

Bassett Mr. William, Bow wood

Brown Colonel St. Barbe, Riccard's hill

Dansey Rev. Edward, M.A., vicar, Kenwith lodge

Hugo The Misses, Coombe cottage

Trebell Mr. Thomas

Turner Mr. John, Coombe

Vidal Edwd. Urch, Esq., J.P., Cornborough

Wren Capt. Robert Fellows, The Vicarage

Trades and Professions.

Barton Barnabas, farmer, Kenwith

Brown James, farmer, East Puse hill

Cork John, farmer, West Puse hill

Fulford William, parish clerk

Glover Thomas Henry, mason and sub-postmaster

Glover William, mason

Grant Robert, blacksmith

Heywood Joseph, farmer, Lake

James Martin, blacksmith

Littlejohn William, "Heart of Oak"

Moase Edward, wheelwright

Pettle John, farmer, Lotham

Pickard Miss Elizabeth, farmer, Pitt farm

Pridham Thomas, "New Inn"

Turner Charles, farmer, The Barton

Turner John, yeoman, Coombe


Post Office - Thomas Henry Glover, sub-postmaster. Letters from Bideford at 8.15 a.m.; dispatched at 5.40 p.m. Bideford is the nearest money order office.


National School - Miss Emma Geary, mistress





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