Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870
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Transcribed by Elizabeth Glover HOWARD
Checked by Val HENDERSON
Pages 622 - 623
PETROCKSTOW (or STOW ST PETROCK) is a village and parish in Torrington union, containing, by the census of 1861, 613 inhabitants, and 4000 acres; in the deanery of Torrington, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Shebbear, North Devonshire; 2 miles north from Hatherleigh, and 7½ from Torrington, on the main road between those places. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. Louis Woollcombe, M.A., had the tithes commuted at £271 per annum, with residence and 49 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of Lord Clinton. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Petrock, in the mixed style of architecture, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south aisles, with tower and five bells. A handsome stained glass window has recently been placed in the church, to the memory of M.r and Mrs. Risdon, by their two daughters. The Bible Christians and the Wesleyans have places of worship here. There is a National School for children of both sexes, which was erected, at a cost of £700, by Lord Clinton, in 1842. Lord Clinton is lord of the manor, and his lordship and Henry Perkin Bonifant, Esq., are the chief landowners.
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