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Little Torrington.

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

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Transcribed by David GALE

Checked by Val HENDERSON

Page 405

  TORRINGTON (LITTLE) is a village and parish in Torrington union, containing, by the census of 1861, 563 inhabitants, and 2880 acres; in the deanery of Torrington, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Shebbear, North Devonshire; 2 miles south of Great Torrington, 8 south-east from Bideford, and 15 west from Eggesford Railway Station. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. George DeCarteret Guille, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1839, at £400 per annum, with residence and 44 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of the Hon. Mark Rolle. The church, dedicated to St. Giles, is in the Perpendicular style, and consists of nave, chancel, aisle, and porch, with tower and five bells; it was rebuilt in 1857. The Bible Christians and Wesleyans have places of worship here. There are charitable bequests producing about £35 per annum. The representatives of Mrs. Stevens are lords of the manors of Little Torrington and Taddiport, and with the Hon. Mark Rolle, Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bart., Peter T. Johnson, Esq., and Miss Buckingham, the principal landowners.

TADDIPORT is a hamlet of this parish, which contains an ancient chapel, which was formerly attached to a Lepers' Hospital there. There is also a Parochial School for children of both sexes, and an Infant School.

Clergy and Gentry.

Guille Rev. George De Carteret, M.A., Rectory

Johnson George, Esq., J.P., Cross

Scott Captain John Osborne, Smytham


Trades and Professions.

Arnold Nicholas, shoemaker

Banbery William, farmer, Cocksilly

Bartlett John, farmer

Blake Andrew, tailor, Taddiport

Broad Thomas, carpenter and wheelwright

Broad William, blacksmith, Taddiport

Cawsey John, farmer, Woodland

Clement Abraham, cooper, Taddiport

Clement Henry, cooper, Taddiport

Copp William, "Gribble" inn

Cottle Hugh, farmer, Hunsham

Ford John, farmer, Cleave

Gammon John, farmer, Southhole

Gard John, farmer, Omen

Gordon William, wheelwright, Spite Fate

Gribble George, blacksmith

Hackwill Miss Grace, farmer, Smytham

Heal Philip, farmer, Bowden

How Thomas, farmer, East Ford

Judd William, farmer, Hollam

Lane Josiah, farmer, Smallbridge

Martin Robert, farmer, Undercleave

Martin William, farmer, Taddiport

Quance John, farmer, West Ford

Rocky Thomas, wheelwright, Boatfield

Routcliffe Samuel, farmer, Broadridge

Routcliffe Samuel and John, farmers, East Bagbear

Sillifant John, mason, Taddiport

Snell Anthony, farmer, South Frizenham

Wannell Robert, "Buckingham Arms"

Ward Mrs. W., farmer, West Bagbear

Wilson Joseph, farmer, South hill


Letters from Great Torrington, which is also the nearest money order office


Parochial School - Samuel Daw, master; Mrs. Daw, mistress

Infants' School - Mrs. Ann Blake, mistress






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