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MODBURY IN ROBSON'S DIRECTORY OF 1839

 

Modbury is a small town on the river Erme, 12½ miles E from Plymouth, on the road to Dartmouth, and 35 miles SW from Exeter. In 1831 it contained 2116 inhabitants and had an annual rateable value of some £12500. It occupies the bottom and declivities of a valley and consists principally of four streets running in the direction of the cardinal points and crossing each other at right angles in the market place. 

 

At the market, on Thursday much business is done in corn and malt; and on Saturday is a market for meat. A Fair id held on May 14th, if not on a Friday or Saturday; otherwise on the following Tuesday for cattle, cloth and shoes. Here is a hat and plush manufactory; the woollen trade which has much declined, consists chiefly of articles for the East India Company.

 

The town is governed by a portreeve and two constables elected annually by the Court Leet, and the petty sessions are held here. The church, dedicated to St  George is a spacious and handsome edifice with a spire about 134 feet in height. The living is a vicarage in the patronage of Eton College. A Benedictine Priory existed here in the reign of Stephen, and on the west side of the church are some remains of the the conventual building now converted to a barn. 

 

Modbury Court House was formerly the seat of the Champernowne family who lived here in great splendour from the time of Edward II to the close of the 17th century. The parish of Modbury is in the Kingsbridge Union.

 

Modbury - the main street in 2000

Modbury's main street in 2000

© Richard J. Brine

 

Henry Andrews
  Land Surveyor
John Andrews, The Modbury Inn
  Currier
John Andrews
  Solicitor
Richard Andrews
  Grocer, Earthenware dealer
Martin Ashley
  Currier
John Avent juniorf
  Solicitor & Insurance Agent
Nicholas B Avent
  Surgeon
William Bailey
  Baker
John Boon
  Plymouth Inn
Nicholas Boon
  Shopkeeper
Robert Boon
  Tailor
Philip Boon
  Tailor
John Brown, Shipham Mill
  Miller
John Brown
  Watch and Clock Maker
Catherine Burren
  Shopkeeper
James Carpenter
  Chemist
John Chipman, Devonport Inn
  Victualler
James Coaker
  Tailor
John Coaker
  Gardener
Edward Colliver
  Cooper
Elizabeth Cove
  Straw hat maker
George Cove
  Cooper
John Cove
  Shoemaker
Richard Cove
  Cooper
Robert Cove
  Tailor
William Croyte
  Butcher
Francis Cridland
  Tanner & Maltster
Samuel Crocker
  Shopkeeper
Richard Cuming
  Baker
George Daw, Fire Agent
  Printer & Bookseller
William Elliott
  Beer Retailer
John Fice, Cotlas Mill
  Miller
S. Fice, New Mill
  Miller
James Flashman
  Shopkeeper
William Flashman
  Painter & Glazier
John Flashman
  Grocer & Tea dealer
James Fox
  Shoemaker
James Fox
  Blacksmith
Richard Fox
  Smith & Farrier
Abraham Frost, Registrar of BMD
  Schoolmaster
Anthony Gee
  Tailor
James Gest
  Surgeon and Oculist
Thomas Gill
  Grocer
Sylvanus Gillard Asst. Registrar
  Linen draper
John W Harris
  Maltster
Josiah Horswell
  Shopkeeper
Robert Hosgood
  Haircutter
Richard Hoskings, Insurance Agent
  Grocer and tea dealer
Arthur Jenkins
  Shopkeeper
Thomas Kelly
  Solicitor
Henry King
  Butcher
John Knowsley
  Draper and Hosier
George Lakeman
  Surgeon
George Langworthy
  Surgeon
William S Langworthy
  Surgeon
William Froude Langworthy
  Surgeon
Josias Lear
  Tinman
Sarah Luscombe
  Beer Retailer
Robert Lyndon, The Dartmouth Inn
  Brewer and maltster
Edward Mathews, The Union Inn
  Victualler
Ann Mitchell, The London Inn
  Victualler
John Oldray, The Maltman's Arms
  Victualler
William Paddon
  Watch & Clock maker
Francis Pearce
  Saddle & Harness maker
George Prideaux, Insurance Agent
  Iron monger & general shopkeeper
Thomas Prout, The Ropemaker's Arms
  Victualler
Thomas Prout
  Rope and Bag maker
Richard Putt
  Shopkeeper
James Randall
  Painter & Plumber
David Roberts
  Shopkeeper
I.T.Savery
  Solicitor
Servington Savery
  Solicitor
John Scoble
  Baker
Elizabeth Sheppeard
  Beer Retailer
George Sheppeard
  Draper and Hosier
John Sheppeard
  Hatmaker
Thomas Spry
  Tea Dealer
George Prideaux
  Stamp distributor
John Steer
  Hatter
William Steer
  Shopkeeper
Edward Stidworthy, Exeter Inn
  Brewer and Maltster
Roger Tarring, The White Hart Inn
  Victualler
Grace Taylor, The Bell
  Victualler
John Treby, Turnbridge Mill
  Miller
James Trist
  Tinman
John Williams, Shilstone Mill
  Miller
William Wroth
  Plumber and brazier
Richard Hoskings
  Postmaster
George Prideaux, Manager
  Devon & Cornwall Bank
Crotch, Mr
  Customs Office Supervisor
John Bath
  Customs Officer
Abraham Foster, Schoolmaster
  British School for Boys
Elizabeth Stevens, Schoolmistress
  British School for Girls
Mary Gee, Schoolmistress
  Infants School for Boys and Girls

 

 

 
 
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