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 396 - 397
WOOLFARDISWORTHY (commonly called WOOLSWORTHY), is a village and parish in Bideford union, containing, by the census of 1861, 776 inhabitants, and 5798 acres; in the deanery and hundred of Hartland, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, North Devonshire ; 6½ miles south-east from Hartland and 8 south-west from Bideford. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. William Holderness, late chaplain ot the Convict Establishments at Portland and Dartmoor, is valued at £60 per annum, with residence, and is in the patronage of Mrs. L.E. Hawkes. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south aisles, with tower and six bells. The Wesleyans and Bible Christians have places of worship here. In 1747, John Burdon left £10, the interest to be distributed amongst the poor annually. Sir G. Stucley is lord of the manor.
BUCK MILLS (the original name of this manor was BOKISH) is a hamlet, partly in this parish and partly in Parkham, in which a new church, dedicated to St. Ann, has been erected and endowed by Mrs. Elwes. The living is a perpetual curacy in the incumbency of the Rev. John Henry Kirwan, M.A., and the patronage of Mrs. Elwes.
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