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

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Transcribed by Val HENDERSON

Checked by William COOKE

Pages 306 - 307

  ATHERINGTON is a village and parish in Barnstaple union, containing, by the census of 1861, 598 inhabitants, and 3326 acres; in the deanery and archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of North Tawson and Winkleigh, North Devonshire; 7 miles north-east from Torrington, 7 south-east from Barnstaple, 8½ south-west from South Molton, and about 1 mile from Umberleigh Station on the North Devon Railway. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. James Arthur, B.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1839, at £416 per annum, with residence and 205A. 3R. 21P. of land. There is also a manor, containing about 100 acres, attached to the rectory. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Mary, consisting of nave, chancel, and aisle, and a fine ancient carved oak screen which was brought from Umberleigh Chapel. The Baptists and Wesylans have places of worship here. There is an Endowed School for children of both sexes, and also one belonging to the Baptists.

UMBERLEIGH is a hamlet of this parish, in the valley of the Taw, and on the North Devon Railway, at which it has a station. A chantry chapel formerly existed here, but it was disused in 1800, and the remains are now used for farm purposes. Arthur Bassett, Esq., is lord of the manor of Umberleigh, which includes this parish; also the adjoining one of High Bickington.

LANGRIDGE is also a hamlet forming part and parcel of this parish.

Clergy and Gentry.

Arthur Rev. James, B.A., J.P., Rectory

Cawsey Mrs. Ann, Rose cottage

Hurdlestone —, Esq., Umberleigh house

Trades and Professions.

Andrew John, farmer, Umberleigh Barton

Arthur William, farmer, Eastacombe

Ashford James, mason

Bedford William, farmer, Wootton

Beer James, farmer and fruiterer

Beer John, shoemaker

Beer Thomas, farmer, Little Weir

Beer William, carpenter and sub-postmaster

Beer Wm., farmer and fruiterer, Prospect cottage

Beer William, thatcher

Beer William, shopkeeper

Blackmore Robert, farmer, Bartridge

Brown Mrs. Jane, shopkeeper

Brown John, farmer and fruiterer

Brownscombe John, maltster, farmer, assistant overseer, and collector of income and assessed taxes, "Carpenters' Arms" inn

Burgess William, farmer, "Rising Sun, Umberleigh bridge

Cawsey Robert, farmer and manure merchant, Burroitt Barton

Clarke John, blacksmith

Delbridge John, farmer, Chantry farm

Delbridge William, farmer, Fishley Rock

Down Mrs. Elizabeth, farmer, Over Weir

Down John, farmer, Little Hall

Down Thomas, farmer, Snows, Langridge

Dowse William Charles, stationmaster, Umberleigh

Guard George, shopkeeper, Umberleigh

Guard Henry, miller and farmer, Umberleigh mill and salmon fishery

Guard John, farmer and coal merchant and manure merchant

Hancock William, farmer, Higher house

Hardings Joslin James, farmer, Langridge

Harris George, mason

Harris John, farmer, Bremridge

Harris Thomas, mason

Jones Richard, farmer, South Knowle

Joslin Francis, farmer, Green's lodge, Langridge

Joslin Wm., farmer, Wanhills, Langridge

Lang John, mason

Lang Samuel, mason

Lemon John, farmer, Wixland

Loosemore William, blacksmith

Mayne Frederick, shoemaker

Milton Mrs. Agnes, farmer, Wessey

Milton John, shoemaker

Ratcliffe John, Baptist schoolmaster

Reed William, farmer, Lemons

Richardson William, "White Hart"

Sage Mrs. Mary, farmer, Banberrys

Tossell Thomas, farmer, Giffords

Tucker William, farmer, North Knowle

Wonnacott Wm., butcher and shopkeeper


Post Office - William Beer, sub-postmaster. Letters from Barnstaple at 9.30 a.m.; dispatched at 3.30 p.m. Box closes at 3.20 p.m. A foot-post also leaves daily for Barnscombe* at 10 a.m.; leaving Yarnscombe at 2 p.m. Barnstaple is the nearest money order office


Endowed School - Miss L. Pooley, mistress

Baptist School - John Ratcliffe, master; Mrs. Marian Ratcliffe, mistress


Railway Station, Umberleigh — Wm. Chas. Dowse, stationmaster

Transcript Notes.

* should read Yarnscombe





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