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

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  SLAPTON is a village and parish in Kingsbride union, containing, by the census of 1861, 681 inhabitants, and 3430 acres; in the deanery of Woodleigh, archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Coleridge, South Devonshire; 7½ miles south-west from Dartmouth, 7½ east from Kingsbridge, and 12 south from Totnes, on the sea coast overlooking Start Bay. The vicarage, in the incumbancy of the Rev. Richard Antram, M.A., is values at £96 per annum, and is in the patronage of trustees. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. James, consisting of nave, chancel, and north and south aisles, with tower and five bells. A Collegiate Church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with a perpetual chantry of five priests, and a rector and clerks, was founded here, in 1373, by Sir Guy de Briant, or Brent, who appropriated to its use the parish church of Poundstock, in Cornwall, to which Loddiswell was added in the year 1413. One of the priests was the minister of Slapton; it was dissolved in 1545. A fine moss-covered tower, of the Pointed period, situate in the garden of the Rev. Richard Thomas Blagden, M.A., at the top of the village, is all that remains of the Collegiate Church. The Bible Christians and Wesleyans have places of worship here. This manor was formerly held of the Bishop of Exeter, by the Earl of Devon, on condition of acting as steward at the installation feast of new bishop. The correspondence between Bishop Stapleton and Hugh de Courtenay, Earl of Devon, on this subject, is dated from Newton Plympton. There is a school for children of both sexes, which has an endowment, out of which there is also a fund for apprenticing poor children.

Clergy and Gentry.

Antram Rev. Richard, M.A., vicar, Hill cottage

Blagden Rev. Richard Thomas, M.A. (curate in sole charge of Street), Priory house

Bastard Richard, Esq., Prospect house

Bowden Mr. Edward

Bowden Mrs. Susan

Crozier Acheson, Esq., R.N., Mingles

Hayward Charles, Esq., Start

Issell Mr. Thomas, Vine cottage

Kellond Mr. William

Paige Miss Ann

Tucker Richard Paige, Esq., Start

Wakeham Mr. Edward, Bowden

Trades and Professions.

Andrews William Luscombe, farmer, South grounds

Bastard Wm., farmer, Higher Coltscombe

Bastard Wm., miller, Deer Bridge mill

Bowles Joseph, carpenter

Brown John, farmer, Clove valley

Buckbit John, miller, Garabridge mill

Came Richard, miller, North mill

Cawse Richard, farmer, Dereswell

Ching John Symonds, farmer

Ellis Eli, farmer, Scareswell

Fairweather Henry, farmer, Lower Coltscombe

Foale Philip, farmer, Alston

Fogwill William, mason

Grills John, jun., farmer, Pittiford

Hayman Philip, farmer, Goldswell

Head John, machine maker

Hodge Henry Page, farmer, Buckland

Hyne Roger, blacksmith and parish clerk

Ingram Richard, farmer, Alston

Jarvis Abraham, farmer, Lower Heathfield

Jeffrey Robert, baker, "Queen's Arms"

Knowles Robert, thatcher

Knowles Thomas, shoemaker

Lambert John, shoemaker

Lee James, baker and shopkeeper

Michelmore John, carpenter

Mortimer Joshua, tailor

Murch Henry, farmer, Higher Heathfield

Norrish George, mason

Norrish Timothy, mason

Paige Robert, farmer, Dittiscombe

Parker Nathaniel Wilkinson, "The Sands" family and commercial hotel and posting house

Pepperell John, butcher

Pepperell John, shoemaker and sub-postmaster

Pepperell Robert, painter and glazier, "Tower" inn

Pike Robert, tailor

Putt Robert, farmer, Newton

Soper John, butcher and shopkeeper

Soper John, painter and glazier

Tozer John Langley, farmer, Loworthy

Tucker Charles, jun., farmer. Pool

Tucker Crispin, farmer, Pool

Tucker John, farmer, Thorn

Tucker Richard Paige, surgeon, Start

Walters James, farmer, Blackland

Weeks Mrs. Elizabeth, day school

Weeks John, mason

White William, farmer, Hansel

Willing William, miller, Lower North mill

Wills Edward, shopkeeper

Wills Richard, blacksmith


Post Office - John Pepperell, sub-postmaster. Letters from Dartmouth arrive at 10.10 a.m.; dispatched at 3.45 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Torcross


Free School - Edward Street, master


Carrier - Jas. Lee, to Dartmouth, Friday; Kingsbridge, Wednesday and Saturday






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