In 1880, Peter Orlando Hutchinson published his "History of Sidmouth" - a book on which he had worked for years and which is full of information about East Devon and covers a wide variety of subjects.
In his chapter on lace-making, he draws on a number of sources to name the leading lace-making families of the district:
"Dr Smiles, when speaking of the Flemings and of the French, who have settled in England at different times to avoid persecution says:
In the lace towns of the West of England such names as RAYMOND, SPILLER, BROCK, STOCKER, CROOT, ROCKETT AND KETTLE are still common and the same trade has been carried on in their families for many generations. The Walloon groups who settled in Wiltshire as clothworkers more than three hundred years since, are still known as "the guppys".
The name of GUPPY is well-known in Sidmouth and in Sidbury, and to the above list, I may add the names of RONCESVALLES at Sidbury, now commonly spelt ROUNCEVAL; ROLAND, now usually spelt ROWLAND - the first syllable as pronounced by the country people to rhyme with "cow". Also the names of MAER, DARE, SELLEK or SELLICK, TWOSE (pronounced TOOSE) and CHOWN.
The names of CHICK*, DENBY* HAYMAN*and RADFORD* are among the leading dealers or merchants in Sidmouth who buy up the lace made by the women and girls."