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High Bickington

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

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Transcribed by Val HENDERSON

Checked by William COOKE

Pages 409 - 410

  HIGH BICKINGTON is a village and parish in Torrington union, containing, by the census of 1861, 738 inhabitants, and 4194 acres; in the deanery and archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of North Tawton, North Devonshire; 2 miles from the Portsmouth Arms Station on the North Devon Railway, 8 east from Great Torrington, and 9 south-east from Barnstaple. The rectory, in the patronage and incumbancy of the Rev. Alfred Langdon, B.A., is valued at £475 per annum, with residence and 160 acres of glebe land. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to Saint Mary, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle, and south porch. The Baptists have a place of worship here. There is a parochial school for children of both sexes, to which £50 per year was awarded by a decree in Chancery in 1855 out of the Pincombe Trust Estates, for the education of children in the principles of the Established Church. The poor have charitable bequests producing £8 per annum. The Hon. Mark Rolle, the Pincombe Trustees, and John Bremridge, Esq., are the chief landowners; and there is a manor attached to the rectory, of which the rector is lord. A cattle fair is held annually on the Monday after the 14th May.

Clergy and Gentry.

Bremridge John, Esq., Little Silver

Crocker Mr. John

Dodds Mrs.

Houchen Major, Nether grove**

Langdon Rev. Alfred, B.A., The Rectory

Wilkinson Mrs.


Trades and Professions.

Alford Lewis, farmer, Vauterhill

Bealey Thomas, farmer

Bedford Richard, farmer, Pokelakes

Bird John, mason

Boundy Thomas, farmer, Shutley

Bragg John, farmer, Paws

Brownscombe Charles, maltster

Brownscombe William, "Golden Lion"

Case Samuel, farmer, Marwood

Clements Abraham, farmer, High Downs

Coats Richard, "Black Horse"

Cole Abraham, farmer, Little Silver

Cole Joseph, farmer, Yardgate

Cole Samuel, farmer, Culver house

Cook George*, farmer, Langley Barton

Cowman John, farmer, Seckington

Darch Grace, grocer

Davey William, stonemason

Down John, carpenter

Down Samuel, farmer, Shutley

Down Thomas, farmer, Southwood

Dunn William C., farmer, Great Deptford

German William, farmer, Middlewood

Gill Robert, farmer

Gooding Henry, tailor and shopkeeper

Gooding Leonard, farmer, Loveham

Gooding Thomas, farmer, Lee

Goss Simon, farmer, Seckington

Govier Samuel, farmer, Stawford

Gurnett James, gamekeeper


Harris Eli, farmer, Broad Park

Harris James, farmer, Lee Barton

Harris Robert, farmer

Harris — farmer, Holt

Heal John, blacksmith

Heaman John, grocer and blacksmith

Jerman Philip, mason

Jones William, grocer

Kelly James, tailor

Lake William, farmer, Heal Town

Manning William, farmer, Broadwood

Milton Thomas, carpenter, Kingford

Mullings W., parochial schoolmaster

Paddon Robert, farmer, Heal Town

Payne Miss A.M., dressmaker

Payne Robert, shoemaker

Pidler George, carpenter

Pidler Samuel, blacksmith

Pike James, farmer

Purchase — farmer, Dobbs

Richards Henry, farmer, Snape

Richards William, shoemaker

Slee Bernard, farmer, Libbeton

Slee John, butcher

Squire Arthur, farmer, Witherhill

Squire Ephraim, farmer, Northwood

Symons Thomas, farmer, South Heal

Tucker James, farmer, Deptford

Turner John, farmer, Dadlands

Turner Mrs., dressmaker

Turner William, shoemaker

Webber John, farmer

Webber John, farmer, Gratley

Woolacott Samuel, farmer

Woolaway William, miller, Palley's mills


Post Office - Miss Bealey, sub-postmistress. Letters from Chumleigh at 9.30 a.m.; dispatched at 4 p.m. Chumleigh is the nearest money order office


Endowed Parochial School - W. Mullings, master; Mrs. Ann Gomm, mistress

Transcript Notes.

* George COOK should read George COOKE

** Nether grove - modern spelling Nethergrove (now one word).




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