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Chawleigh is a parish and village on the south side of the Little Dart Valley, 2 miles south east of Chulmleigh, is in the Crediton  Union and County court district, South Moulton petty sessional division, Chulmleigh polling district of North Devon, the Tawton Hundred, Barnstaple, archdeaconry, and Chulmleigh Rural deanery.

Its parish had 750 inhabitants in 1871, comprising 156 families, living in 150 houses, on 5020 acres of land. The Earl of Portsmouth is Lord of the Manor, the other landowners are Sir George Stuvley, Sir F. Williams and Messrs R. Reed, T. Reed and R. May.


Chawleigh has two cattle fairs, one on May 6 and the other on the Tuesday before the last Thursday in October. Eggesford market is held on the second Wednesday in each month, near the Fox and Hounds Hotel, in this parish and is an important cattle and general market.


The church of St James is an old building in the early English style, and consists of nave, chancel, aisles and embattled tower containing six bells and a clock. A handsome but dilapidated screen divides the chancel, and the Chenson Aisle.  The church has been recently restored and reseated by the feoffees of the church property, assisted by the Earl of Portsmouth; the chancel being restored by the Rector. The living is a rectory, valued in the King Book at £25, in the patronage of the Earl of Portsmouth, and incumbency of the Rev P. F. Clay, MA,  of Newton Abbot. The Reverend J. Vowler Tanner who lives at Eggesford, is the curate in charge. The Glebe is 95 acres and there is a dilapidated rectory house. The Tithes are commuted at £470 a year. The Independents and Bible Christians have chapels here.


The school Board for the United district of Chawleigh and Cheldon was formed 19 February 1873, and consists of the Earl of Portsmouth (chairman), the Reverend Vowler Tanner (vice), and Messrs. R. Reed, H. Reed and  and W. Short. Mr J Hannaford is their clerk and resides at Chulmleigh. The Board schools are the property of the feoffees of the church property who let the schools and the master's house to the School Board for a nominal rent, reserving the right to use the schoolroom for the Church Sunday school.


24 acres of land and houses let for about £90 a year, are vested in 12 trustees for the repair and uses of church; and the dividends of £300 left by the late Dr May of Exeter and invested in 3% Consuls, are divided among the poor of the parish yearly on 4 December at the discretion of the ministers, churchwardens, and overseers. The poor parishioners have also three pounds yearly from various bequests.


POST from Chulmleigh, which is the nearest money order office. There is a wall letterbox cleared at 6:20 pm week days only. Eggesford is the nearest railway station.




John Adams, farmer, Glebe.

Eliza Adworthy (Mrs) Victialler, the Royal Oak

John Bartlett, stationmaster, Eggesford

John Radford, boot and shoemaker

George W. Challice, schoolmaster.

William Challice, farmer, Leaches

William Clark, agent to Ward, Cann & Co. Jamesweek.

Rev. Pelham Clay MA; , Rector, Newton Abbot.

Philip Dart, mason

William Dart mason.

John Davey, farmer, Week Mills.

William Davey, farmer and Miller, Stone Mills.

James Dilling. farmer and agricultural implement maker

William Edworthy, farmer,.Duckham

Edmund Ford, farmer, Moortown.

George Goss, thatcher

Richard Grinney  farmer

John Harris, farmer, Little Burridge

Edward Holmes, farmer and victualler, the Fox and Hounds.

Richard Josland tailor. draper and grocer

William Josland, parish clerk, the Rectory

Jacob Kemp, farmer, Great Burridge

Willianm Kemp, farmer, West Leigh

James Kennedy, farmer, Ford

John Ley, farmer

Mary Newcombe, (Mrs), farmer & butcher

Richard Partridge, farmer, West Leigh

Henry Phillips, farmer East Leigh

James Highweek, farmer,  Fiddlecott

George Reed, farmer Pounsford

Henry Reed, farmer, Nethercott

Richard Reed, farmer, West Leigh

Thomas Reed, farmer,Toatley

John Sage, mason

Thomas Sage, builder and shopkeeper.

Anthony Saunders, farmer, Tonifield

John Saunders, shoemaker

John Saunders jnr, shoemaker

John Saunders, farmer, Barton

Maria  Saunders, (Mrs) farmer, Nutson

Mary Saunders (Mrs), farmer, Week

William Saunders, farmer,Chenson

William Simmons, shopkeeper.

Thomas Snell, shoemaker

Thomas Snell, farmer, Little Hilltown

Samuel Trick, farmer, South Cott

John Vicary, farmer, Hilltown

Ward, Cann and Co, manure and general merchants.

John Webber, farmer and victualler, the Portsmouth Hotel.

William Webber, cooper.

William Webber, blacksmith and ironmonger.

John Whitfield, baker


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