Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870
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Transcribed by David GALE
Checked by Val HENDERSON
Pages 414 - 415
WEAR GIFFORD is a village and parish in Torrington union, containing, by the census of 1861, 494 inhabitants, and 1587 acres; in the deanery of Hartland, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Shebbear, North Devonshire; 3 miles north-west from Torrington, and 4 south from Bideford, pleasantly situated on the east bank of the river Torridge, which abounds with fish; and in the summer this village is a favourite resort of boating parties from Bideford, who frequent the strawberry gardens here. The line of railway now in the course of construction from Bideford to Torrington passes within 100 yards of the village. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. Charles William Sillifant, M.A., is valued at £180 per annum, with residence and six acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of Earl Fortescue. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south aisles, with tower and five bells. There is a National School for children of both sexes, which was partially endowed by John Lovering in 1671, who also left some charitable bequests for the benefit of the poor of this and other places. This manor was possessed for several centuries by the Gifford family, hence its name. It passed by marriage to the son of the Lord Chancellor, Sir John Fortescue, during the reign of Henry VI., from whom it has descended to Earl Fortescue, who is now lord of the manor, and he and the Hon. Mark Kerr Rolle are the chief landowners.
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