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

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Transcribed by Sybil CAMERON

Checked by Val HENDERSON

Pages 502 - 503 

  DEAN-PRIOR is a village and parish in Totnes union, containing, by the census of 1861, 422 inhabitants, and 4165 acres; in the deanery and archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Stanborough, South Devonshire; 4 ½ miles sonth-west* from Ashburton, on the main road from Exeter to Plymouth. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Edward Chatterton Orpen, M.A., is valued at £282 per annum, with residence and 93 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of Lord Churston, who is also impropriator of the rectorial tithes, which were commuted, in 1853, at £153 13s. 10d., and the vicarial at £228 per annum. The church is a handsome edifice, dedicated to St. George, consisting of nave, north and south aisles, with porch and tower, and has been rebuilt with the exception of the tower. There is a school for children of both sexes, supported by Lord Churston.

DEAN-CHURCH, DEAN-COMBE and DEAN-TOWN are hamlets, forming part and parcel of this parish.


Orpen Rev. Edward Chatterton, M.A., The Vicarage


Trades and Professions.

Abbott William, sub-postmaster

Blight John, farrier, Dean town

Boyer William, carpenter

Bradridge John Henry, farmer, Nurston

Chaffe Wm. Cooke, blacksmith, Dean town

Coulton Wm. Richard, farmer, Dean court

Edmonds Silvanus, farmer, Tor Dean

Foale Thomas, shoemaker, Dean town

Ford John, farmer, Skerriton

Furze Mrs. Mary Elizabeth S., farmer, Arislade

Hamling Henry, farmer, land agent and surveyor, and agent to Lord Churston, Well park

Hoare Charles, butcher and farmer, White’s farm

Hoare John, wheelwright and parish clerk, Dean town


Horwell John, tailor and shop keeper, Dean town

Hosking John, farmer, White Oxen

Lewis William, farmer, Dean Combe

Lock Henry, carpenter, Dean town

Meatherell Henry, miller, Dean mill

Merrifield Richard, shopkeeper, Dean town

Merrifield Richard, jnr., "Buller’s Arms," Dean town

Parnell William, farmer, Reddiclive

Pearse Thomas, farmer, Zempson

Pyle William, farmer, Redcraft

Tollick Jacob, nurseryman, Dean town

Tollick John, nurseryman, Dean town

Wakeham Thomas, farmer, Moor’s head


Post Office – William Abbott, sub-postmaster. Letters from Ashburton arrive at 8 a.m.; dispatched on week days at 5.10 p.m.; on Sundays at 11.40 a.m. The nearest money order office is at Buckfastleigh.


Transcript Notes.

* should read south-west




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