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Devon County

Devonshire Rgt.

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Northam is a large village and parish, about a mile and a half from
Bideford, and the same distance from Appledore, and contains 4190 acres of land, including water area; the number of inhabitants in 1851 was 3680.

Bideford is the polling place, and the number of voters in 1857 was 198.
There are many neat villas and residences in the neighbourhood, and the antiquary will here find food for contemplation, this being the place where
Hubba, the Danish chief, landed in 878.

On the sea coast is a vast tract of land or common, called the 'Burrows' containing about 800 acres. On these Burrows is a long ridge of pebbles, extending nearly three miles, called the 'Pebble Ridge,' but by what means they accumulated is unknown, as the coast in that locality is free from stones and rocks.


The pebble Ridge at Westward Ho!

Look towards the horizon after the houses finish and, there, looking like a highway, is Westward Ho!'s great geological feature which winds round the coast for 3 miles.

From our postcard collection


The Parish Church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, is an extensive structure, in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles of Gothic architecture.

It comprises a nave, with north aisle; chancel, with north chancel aisle; south transept; south porch and western tower, all of large dimensions. The interior is remarkable for the excellence of its open roofs, and when the chancel is restored in the same style, the whole will present one of the best specimens of roofing in the county. The windows throughout have been renewed in Forest of Dean stone, and are well worthy of inspection as specimens of masonry. The tower is divided into three stages, and rises to a height of 96 feet at the top of the battlements.


The fabric has received very extensive restorations under the directions of Mr. Mackintosh, architect of Exeter; and when the interior shall have beenreseated, and the chancel renovated, it will be one of the most striking
and interesting of the North Devon churches. The living is a Discharged
Vicarage, in the gift of the Dean, and Canons of Windsor. Rev. Isaac H.
Gossett, M.A., Vicar; Mr George Moore, Clerk.  

Alphabetical List of Clergy, Gentry, Etc.
Allen Joseph H., Esq., Chircombe
Benson Mr. Thomas B., Dock Cottage 
Blyth Captain John W., Watertown
Bowen Mr. JAmes, Diddywell House.
Braginton William D., Esq., Bidna 
Campbell Thomas B., Glenburnie
Conyers Mrs. and General, Bank Side Villa
Duncan Captain, Rock Cottage
Dunn Miss, Glentower
Fursdon Mrs.
Gane Mr. William, Myrtle Cottage
Gossett Rev. Isaac Henry, M.A., Vicar, Vicarage 
Gould James, Esq., Magistrate, Knapp
Hake Mrs. Fredrica, boarding school, Orchard Hill House
Harger Frank, Esq., R.N., Cliff House
Heathcote Cockshutt, Esq., Raleigh
Hodges Mrs., Underborough House
Hooper Mrs
Incledon Miss Frances, Fordlands 
Jones Mr Thomas, Marine Cottage
Kingdon Rev. Charles F., Bote Hyde
Lang Frederick H., Esq., Retreat
Large Mrs., Hill Side Cottage
Lepper Captain Francis, Ridgeway Villa
List Miss, Orchard Hill Cottage
Lloyd Miss
Newman Mr. John, Cleave Houses
Paterson Talbot, Esq., Melville House
Peel Mr. Joseph, Glenville
Roberts Major, Rose Hill
Rodd Captain, R.N., Park Lodge
Rodd Mr. John, Cross
Sleeman Mr. John, Cleeve Houses
Soltan Henry W., Esq., Durrant
Thorold Frederick Esq., Cleveland
Thorold Mrs., Cleveland
Vaughn Hugh, Esq., Port Hill
Wren Major Thomas, Lenwood House
Yeo William, Esq., banker, Richmond House

Alphabetical List of Professions, Trades, Etc.
Bassett W., farmer, Assell's
Bellew Thomas, farmer
Berry Richard, farmer, East Ventown
Bowden George, Mason
Bowden Thomas, Mason
Braund Thomas, blacksmith
Browning Thomas, tailor
Burch Eliza, dress maker
Burch John, mason
Burden James, tailor
Cann John, shopkeeper
Cawsey Elizabeth, farmer, Wood

Cawsey Thomas, butcher

Clevedon James, beer retailer, Golden Lion
Clevedon William, butcher and shopkeeper
Clibbett William, tailor
Cock Thomas, farmer, Cleave Houses
Cook John, farmer, Youngaton
Cook Thomas, carpenter
Cox George, ship builder, rope and sail maker, Cleave Houses
Davis William, blacksmith
England William, boot and shoe maker
Fulford John, butcher
Gould Henry, mason
Gould John, sen., boot and shoe maker
Gould John, jun., boot and shoe maker
Hake William, boarding school, Tusculum
Holwill William, farmer, Diddywell
Hore William, farmer, Marsford Cottage
Hortop Thomas, boot and shoe maker
How William, boot and shoe maker
Irwin John, farmer, Hyde
Kelly John, victualler and maltster, King's Head
Kelly S., beer retailer and carpenter, New Ring of Bells
Labbett Fanny, dress maker
Labbett George, carpenter
Lake Edward, farmer, Stanley Villa
Lashbrook Mary, farmer, Underborough
Leathern Richard, farmer and maltster
Lock Susan and Jane, bakers
Lock Thomas, builder
Mill John, farmer, Tadworthy
Moore Richard, carpenter
Morrish Eliza, farmer, West Ventown
Mugford John, boot and shoe maker
Paddon Anthony, victualler, Swan
Parkhouse John, farmer, Melton
Partridge James, farmer, Borough
Pengelly Henry, painter and glazier
Penhorwood William, farmer, Quarry
Pickard Bartholomew, farmer, Commons
Pickard Willam, farmer, Ford
Pickard William farmer, Pempilly's
Pickard William, master mariner and shopkeeper, stamp office
Rook Robert, shopkeeper
Rook William, shopkeeper and blacksmith
Sanders John, blacksmith
Saunders Robert, tailor
Shute John, boot and shoe maker
Skitch Richard, boot and shoe maker
Tucker George, farmer, Watertown
Watts James, farmer, Cleave Houses
Williams Elizabeth, shopkeeper
Williams Henry, carpenter
Williams Henry, builder
Williams Miss, lodging-house keeper
Williams Thomas, painter, glazier, and maltster
Yeo William, general merchant, Richmond House

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