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

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Transcribed by Elizabeth Glover HOWARD

Checked by Val HENDERSON

Pages 406 - 407

  CLOVELLY is a village and parish in Bideford union, containing, by the census of 1861, 825 inhabitants, and 3502 acres; in the deanery and hundred of Hartland, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, North Devonshire, 5 miles east from Hartland, and 11 south-west from Bideford, romantically situated on the side of a steep rock adjoining Bideford Bay; the houses being built on the side of the rock one above another, it is nearly a succession of steps from the beach through the village. The neighbourhood abounds in most romantic scenery. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. James John Chichester, B.A., is valued at £200 per annum, with residence and 78 acres of glebe land, and is the patronage of Neville H. Fane, Esq. The church is an ancient Saxon edifice, dedicated to All Saints, consisting of nave, chancel, and aisle, with Saxon porch and tower containing four bells. There is a small school for children of both sexes. This place was formerly noted for its extensive herring fishery, but which has of late years considerably decreased; it is however, still a fishing station. The National Life Boat Institution on the 18th June, 1870, established a life-boat here for the use of this portion of the Bristol Channel.

CLOVELLY DYKES, on the south side of the village, are the remains of a Roman encampment, who are supposed to have had a station here.

CLOVELLY COURT is most beautifully situated, commanding magnificent views of the neighbourhood. It is the seat of Neville H. Fane, Esq., who is lord of the manor and chief owner of the soil.

Clergy and Gentry.

CHICHESTER Rev. James John, B.A., The Rectory

COOKE* Louis Richards, Esq.

FANE Neville Hamlyn, Esq., Clovelly court

Trades and Professions.

ASHTON William. farmer, Buscot

BARTLETT Jaman, farmer, Hugglepit

BARTLETT Thomas, farmer and collector of taxes, Kenerland

BECKLAKE Samuel, butcher, Wrinklebury

BEER James, shopkeeper

BERRIMAN James, yeoman, "New Inn"

BURMAN Richard, blacksmith

BURNARD Daniel, farmer

BURROWS Joseph, farmer, Highworthy

CHING John, farmer, East Dicks

COOK* Louis Richards, surgeon and agent in the Admiralty

DANNELL John , schoolmaster and parish clerk

EDDY John, farmer, West Dicks

HARRIS John, shipowner

HEARD Mrs. Eleanor, apartments

HOCKRIDGE Thomas, farmer, Eastcott

HOCKRIDGE Thomas, jun., farmer, Bunsham

HOWARD John, carpenter, shopkeeper and postmaster

JENNINGS William, beer retailer

JEWELL John , master mariner

JEWELL John, shopkeeper

JEWELL Joseph, farmer, Braggerton

JEWELL Samuel, carrier

JEWELL Willliam , farmer, Lower Slerra

JEWELL Mrs. W., farmer, Wrinklebury

JONES Miss Ann , draper

MARSHALL Mrs. Harriet, apartments

MILL John, boatbuilder, apartments

MILL Mrs. Mary Ann, apartments

PARSONS John, tailor

PARSONS Joseph, farmer, Higher Slerra

PIDLER Alexander, shoemaker

ROBINS Henry, refreshment rooms

SLEE Thomas, farmer, Dowland

STONEMAN John, carpenter

VINE Samuel, master mariner, "Red Lion "

WHITFIELD Edward, master mariner

WHITFIELD John, master mariner, apartments


Post office and Electric Telegraph Office - John Howard, postmaster. Letter from Bideford arrive at 11 a.m.; dispatched at 2.40 p.m. Money orders granted and paid and Savings Bank business transacted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Coast Guard Station - John Bumby, chief officer


Infant School - Mrs Diana Evans, mistress.

Transcript notes.

* Noted COOKE and COOK







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