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MERTON IN WHITE'S DIRECTORY OF 1850

 

"MERTON, a neat village near Lord Clinton's park, 7 miles N. by W. of Hatherleigh, has in its parish 763 souls, and 3738 acres of land, including the hamlets of Smithacott and Little Potheridge, and many scattered houses.

 

Lord Clinton is lord of the manor of Merton, and owner of a great part of the parish. The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle hold the manor of Potheridge, where the Monks were long seated, and where the mansion was rebuilt by Gen. Monk, (Duke of Abemarle,) about 1670, but was mostly pulled down after the death of the Duchess in 1734, though the magnificent stables are still standing. 

 

Archdeacon Stevens, and a few smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (All Saints,) is a handsome structure, which was restored and beautified about four years ago. One of the windows is richly emblazoned with stained glass, and a new organ has been erected. The rectory is in the  the patronage  of Lord Clinton and incumbency of the Rev. J. C. Kempe BA. A neat National School was built by Lord Clinton some four years ago.

 

Lord Clinton's National School

Lord Clinton's National School

© Richard J. Brine

 

RESIDENTS

Burnett, Alex, steward to Lord Clinton

Down, William, wheelwright and smith

Gordon, John ,shopkeeper

Kempe, Rev. James Cory BA., the Rectory

Lewis, George, victualler, the Malt Scoop

Mills, John, schoolmaster

Smith, Thomas cooper

Stanbury, William Miller. Westmoor

FARMERS

Anstey, Thomas

Ashton, Joseph

Ashton, Thomas

Chummings, John

Collihole, William

Coplestone, Samuel

Ford, John

Ford, Robert,

Goldsworthy G.

Gordon James

Gorodon, John

Leverton George

Luxton, John

Neno, Charles

Pope, William

Routcliffe, Andrew

Snell, William

Ward, Bartholomew.

 

POST OFFICE: at Jeremiah Smith's. Letters despatched

1.30 pm.

 

 
 
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