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

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Transcribed by Val HENDERSON

Checked by William COOKE

Page 384

  ROBOROUGH is a village and parish in Torrington union, containing, by the census of 1861, 478 inhabitants, and 3114 acres; in the deanery of Torrington, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Fremington, North Devonshire; 4 miles south-west from the Portsmouth Arms Station, on the North Devon Railway, 6 east fron Great Torrington, 6 south from Umberleigh Station, and 10 south-east from Bideford. The rectory is in the incumbency of the Rev. William Walter Gurney, LL.B., who was collated thereto more than thirty years ago, and at whose demise it reverts to the heir of the Rev. Samuel May. The tithes were commuted, in 1842, at £271 per annum, with residence and 55 acres of glebe land. The church, which is dedicated to St. Peter, consists of nave, chancel, and aisle, with tower and six bells, and has recently been restored and partially rebuilt, at a cost of £900. There is a Parochial School for children of both sexes, and the Wesleyans have a place of worship here. Charles W. Hole, Esq., is lord of the manor, and he and the Hon. Mark Rolle are the chief landowners.

Clergy and Gentry.

Gurney Rev. William Walter, LL.B., Rectory

Hudleston John Nichols, M.D., Ebberley house

Trades and Professions.

Alford John, farmer, Robertson

Allen John, farmer, Ebberley farm

Badcock John, farmer, Coombe

Bealey John, blacksmith and farmer

Bealey Richard, blacksmith

Bealey Thomas, farmer, Villavin

Bishop William Scott, Parochial schoolmaster, and registrar of births and deaths for Bickington district

Blackmore William, farmer

Clarke E.P., baker

Clarke James, farmer and mason

Clement Abraham, farmer, Thelbridge

Croscombe Robert Henry, shopkeeper

Down Thomas, farmer, Great Barlington

Featherstone William, miller and farmer

Ford James, "George" inn

Gayton William, shoemaker

Harris Andrew, farmer

Harris James, farmer, Handfords

Hudleston John Nichols, M.D., Ebberley house

Isaac John, shoemaker

Lake Richard, miller, Coombe mills

Lemon William, farmer, Villavin

Maynard John, "New Inn"

Maynard William, tailor

Page John, farmer, Lower Barlington

Pardon Henry, carpenter

Pardon John, carpenter and parish clerk

Pincombe Robert, shoemaker

Reed Richard, farmer, Parkins

Rockhy Thomas, wheelwright

Squire Brothers, farmers, Sugworthy

Squire Francis, farmer, Wansley

Squire John, mason

Wadland Henry, farmer, Owlacombe

Wedlake Thomas, farmer, Cliston


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


Registrar of Births and Deaths for High Bickington District - Wm. Scott Bishop


Parochial School - William Scott Bishop, master; Mary Bealey; mistress






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