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

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 Transcribed by David GALE

Checked by Val HENDERSON


Pages 374 - 376

  NORTHAM is a parish in Bideford Union, comprising the town of APPLEDORE, and the new thriving watering place of WESTWARD HO! containing altogether, by the census of 1861, 3687 inhabitants, and 4190 acres; in the deanery of Hartland, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Shelbear, North Devonshire; 1 mile south-west from Instow Railway Station, and 1½ north-west from Bideford; pleasantly situated on elevated ground overlooking Bideford Bay, with Lundy Island in the distance. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Isaac Henry Gossett. M. A., is valued at £275 per annum, with residence, and is in the patronage of the Dean and Canon of Windsor. The church is a fine ancient edifice, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in the Early Perpendicular style, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle, north chancel aisle, and south transept, with tower and six bells, and has lately been completely restored. The Independents and Wesleyans have places of worship here. There is a school for children of both sexes, which was founded and endowed by the late Mrs Thorold, with house and 11¾ acres of land, the schoolhouse having been a religious establishment previous to the Reformation; there is also an Infant School. There is a revel or village feast annually on Whit Monday. There are charitable bequests for the benefit of the poor, producing about £120 per annum, and almshouses for four poor widows and four old maids. The remains of an old building exist at Kenwith Castle, where the Danish ensign was captured, on the defeat of Hubba and his forces by the Saxons under King Alfred.


Clergy and Gentry

Ball Edward M. C., Esq., Glen Elms

Bedford Major-General, Orchard Hill

Birdwood Major-General, Glenburnie house

Bisshopp Lady M. A., Cleveland house

Bowen Mrs., Diddywell

Brook Mrs., Highfield house

Brune Mrs. Ernest P., Glentower

Charlewood Capt. Edwd. P., R.N., Durrant

Clarke James, Esq., Meadowville

Clark Rev. Thomas A. (Congregational)

Cock Mr. Thomas

Cox Mr. George, Olive cottage

Cox Mr. Stephen, Richmond villa

Dunn The Misses, Elmfield

Evans Thomas, Esq., Woodlands villa

Evans Mr. Thomas F., Bay View terrace

Gain Mr. William

Gordon James, Esq.

Gossett Rev. James Henry, The Priory, Westward Ho!

Heathcott Cockshott, Esq., Raleigh house

Hodges Mrs., Underborough house

How John, Esq., J.P., Woodville

Hurden Rev. John, B.A., curate

Hutchinson Lieut.-General Wm. Nelson, Wellesbourne

Incledon Miss, Lenwood

Keats Admiral William, R.N., Port hill

Keats William Rochfort, Esq., Port hill

Large Miss, Hill side

Letheram Mr. Richard

List Miss, Orchard hill

Lloyd Miss, Cross house

McGregor Mrs., Halls-annery house

Maclean Major-General A. N., Glenferns

Macleod Mrs. D., Glenferns

Oliver John C., Esq., Rose hill

Patterson Talbot, Esq., Melville house

Peel Mr. Joseph, Northam house

Phillips Mrs. Reuben, Bay View terrace

Pickard Mr. William, Orchard hill

Poulden Mrs. E. F., Stanhope lodge

Prust Mrs., Torridge lodge

Pynsent Thomas, Esq., Lakenham

Redman Mrs., Springfield

Rodd John, Esq., Reed house

Sandercock Henry, Esq., Ardmore

Sergeant Mrs., Fordlands

Smith Mrs. Christmas, Glenfern

Thompson Providence H. H., Esq., The Retreat

Walker Captain, R.N., Quarry

Wheeler, Lieut.-Col. John Ross, Conybeare

Wilmot Paul, Esq., Cliff house

Wren Adderley Barton, Esq., J.P., Lenwood house

Wren Major Thomas, Lenwood house


Trades and Professions

Balhatchet James, coach proprietor, apartments, Bay View terrace

Beer William, farmer, Pinley

Bellew Thomas, farmer, Middix

Berryman William, limeburner and ship-owner, Cleve house

Browning Thomas, tailor, Sydney cottage

Burden Henry, farmer, Cliff farm

Causey George, butcher

Causey Henry, farmer


Chapple John, butcher

Cobbledick Mrs. Jane, apartments, Springfield terrace

Cock James, butcher and farmer, Ashbridge

Cook Edward, "Golden Lion"

Cook Thomas, builder

Cox John, shipbuilder, steam sawmill proprietor, Clay park

Craggie Robert, farmer, Wooda

Davis William, blacksmith and ironmonger

Fulford John, butcher

Hake Mrs. George, ladies' boarding school, Rock house

Harknett Thomas, gardener, apartments, Bay View terrace

Harris John, dairyman and market gardener

Heard John, grocer

Hoare William, farmer, Marshford farm

Hortop Thomas, boot and shoemaker

Kelly Thos., horseletter, "Kingsley" hotel

Lock George, baker

Lock Thomas, builder, Locksley house

Mill George, farmer, Bullhead

Mill Mrs. James, apartments, Adelaide cottage

Mill John, farmer, Tadworthy

Moore George, parish clerk

Nancekevill William, apartments, Bay View terrace

Olivier John J. C., Rose hill

Parkhouse John, farmer, Wooda farm

Pearce John, farmer, Underborough

Pengilly Henry, painter and glazier

Penhorwood John, "King's Head" inn

Penhorwood William, farmer, Diddywell

Pickard Bartholomew, farmer, Burrow house

Pickard Giles, farmer

Pickard William, farmer, Bidna

Pickard William, grocer

Prior Robert, farmer, Underborough

Prior William, painter, Bay View terrace

Restarick Henry, rope manufacturer and timber measurer, Bank side

Sanders Thomas, mason

Saunders Robert, tailor

Spearman Richard, butcher and farmer, Commons farm

Torridge Brick and Tile Works-James Mills, manager

Tucker George, farmer, Watertown farm

Turner George Wm., master mariner, Bay View terrace

Ward Mrs. F., milliner

Warren Thomas, farmer

Westaway Thomas, farmer, Ventown

William Henry, builder, assistant overseer, and collector of taxes

Williams John, master mariner, Mugford

Williams Mrs., shopkeeper

YEO THOMAS, builder and contractor, and at Appledore. See advertisement)


Post Office-Miss Ann Davison, postmistress. Letters from Bideford at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; dispatched at 5.55 p.m. Bideford and Appledore are the nearest order offices


National School - William Veal, master; Mrs. Cecilia Veal, mistress; Miss Kate Grogan, assistant mistress

Infant School - Mrs. Ann Pengilly, mistress