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                        Cadbury Castle                        
Cadbury Castle Earthworks


Cadbury, a small village and parish, on the declivities and crown of a bold eminence, 6 miles NE of Crediton and SSW of Tiverton, contains 251 souls and about 2000 acres of land. It gives name to the Deanery of Cadbury which comprises 18 parishes. On the crown of a lofty hill is an ancient entrenchment called Cadbury Castle, commanding  extensive views of the of the surrounding country and the coast. It is of an oval figure and was the rendezvous of Sir Thomas Fairfax's army on December 26th 1645. The centre of it was excavated a few years ago, when many antique ornaments were found, including armlets of fine bronze, rings of jet, coloured beads, a signet ring &c.


Cadbury Church in the 1850s

Cadbury Church in the 1850s  


Mrs Fursdon is lady of the manor and has a pleasant seat here, called Fursdson House with finely wooded grounds; but part of the parish belongs to Messrs Turner, Kemp and Townsend, and a few smaller freeholders. The Church (St Michael) is a substantial fabric of the 15th century, with a tower and four bells and contains a Norman font.


The vicarage is endowed with part of the great tithes and is in the patronage of  the Lord Chancellor,in the incumbency of the Rev. N. F. Lightfoot who has about 6 acres of glebe and a good residence  which was considerably enlarged in 1846, at the cost of nearly £900. Mrs Fursdon in impropriator of that portion of the great tithes which formerly belonged to St Nicholas's Priory, Exeter. Her portion of the tithes was commuted in 1842 for £5 and the vicar's for £172 10s per annum. The parish is entitled to send a poor person to the almshouses at Broad Clyst. The poor Parishioners have the dividends of £6o 9s 1d, new four per cent stock, purchased with money left by George Turner, John Ambrose and other donors.



John Dart, tailor, school master and Post Office

Amy G. Dart, school mistress

Robert Edgland, carpenter

George Elsworthy, parish clerk

James Elsworthy, sexton

Mrfs Hatrriet Fursdon , Fursdon House

Rev. Nicholas Fraser Lightfoot.

Richard Pooke, victualler, Castle Inn

Thomas Pooke carpenter

Henry Pope, blacksmith

James Powe, shoemaker


John Henry Back

John Hill

Richard Manley

Lydia Scott

William Sharland, Chapeltown

Thomas Vicary, Turley

POST OFFICE at John Dart's. Letters from Tiverton.


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