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MESHAW IN WHITE'S DIRECTORY OF 1850

 

The parish church, Meshaw

Meshaw parish church

© Richard J. Brine

 

Meshaw is a small village, at the foot of a declevity, nearly 6 miles S.E. bu S of South Molton, and 14 Miles N.W. by W of Tiverton. Its parish increased its population from 166 in 1831 to 305 and 1841 and comprises 1770 acres of land, part of which was an open moor some 20 years ago, but which is now enclosed and cultivated. It is a hilly district over which a new road was cut about ten years ago.

 

The manor was held by the Avanells in the 13th and 14th centuries. The greater share now belongs to Richard Preston Esq. and the rest belongs to John Brown, William Adams, Robert Eastmond and a few smaller freeholders.

 

The church of St John the Baptist was mostly rebuilt in 1838, except the tower which has four bells. It is a small structure and contains a handsome monument of James Courtenay who died in 1683 at Meshaw House, now occupied by  a farmer. The living is a rectory in the patronage of the Rev. W. Karslake.  In the village is a National School, and on the Moor is a school and chapel belonging to the Bible Christians, which was built in 1839.

 

RESIDENTS

John Boundy, shopkeeper and Clerk

Humphrey Cockram, thatcher

John Cockram, mason

Robert Eastmond, corn miller

Simon Fewings, tailor, Moor

John Hooper, wheelwright

Karslake, Rev. William Heberden BA

Ley, William carpenter

Mayne, William, victualler, the New Inn, Moor

Moore, John. blacksmith

Poole, William , shopkeeper

Pyke, Fanny, schoolmistress

Rudd, John, schoolmaster and shopkeeper

Saunders, Robert, victualler, the Gidley Arms

BOOT & SHOE MAKERS

Garnsey, William

Joslin, Robert, Moor

Saxton, Robert

FARMERS

Boundy, George

Brown, John

Buckingham, Elizabeth,

Cockram, George

Fewings, John

Friemd, Samuel

Kemp, John

Stoneman, Robert

Ware, Thomas

Webber, Elizabeth, South Hall

Webber, John, Meshaw House

 

 

 
 
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