Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870
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Transcribed by David GALE
Checked by Val HENDERSON
Pages 370 - 371
INSTOW is a village, parish, and small watering place in Barnstaple union, containing by the census of 1861, 614 inhabitants and 1916 acres, in the deanery and archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Fremington, North Devonshire; 3 miles north-east from Bideford, 6 west from Barnstaple, on the road between those places, pleasantly situated near the estuary of the rivers Taw and Torridge, and on the Bideford extension of the North Devon Railway, at which it has a station. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. William Francis Dashwood Lang, B.A., is valued at £194 per annum, with residence and 31 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of Mrs. Margaret Caroline Clevland. The church is an ancient Gothic edifice, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south aisles, and transept, with tower and three bells. There is a National School for children of both sexes, and the Wesleyans have a place of worship here, with day-school attached. The poor have charitable bequests producing £2 10s. per annum. Mrs. Clevland is lady of the manor, and chief owner of the soil.
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