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The Church House Inn, Torbryan

The Church House Inn, Torbryan

© Richrd J. Brine


TORBRIAN (or Torbryan) is a parish and small village in a wooded valley, 4 miles S.S.W. of Newton Abbot, in Newton Abbot union, county court district, Teignbridge petty sessional division, Haytor hundred, Eastern division of the county, Totnes archdeaconry, and Moreton rural deanery. It had 218 inhabitants, (18 males, 100 females) in 1871, living in 40 houses, on 2010 acres of land, and it anciently belonged to the Bryan family. It now belongs to several freeholders, the largest of whom are the Wolston and Ley families, Samuel Harris, D. K. Scratton, Thomas Tripe, S. Burd, and V^illiam Harper, Esqrs.

The Church (Holy Trinity) is an ancient structure, consisting of chancel, nave, north and south aisles (in both of which are two chapels), and a south porch with parvise. It is in the Perpendicular style, and was restored by the late rector in 1861. The church contains a fine oak screen, on the panels of which are figures in very good preservation. In the churchyard, which is entered by a lych gate, are the remains of an ancient cross, and a venerable yew tree of great girth. The living is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £20 14s. 7d., and now at £344 (commuted tithe rent), with 17a. 1r. 35p. of glebe, and a rectory house, which was re- built in 1865. The Rev. T. Wolston, B.A., is the patron, and the Rev. C. Wolston, LL.B., the rector. The parish is united to Denbury for School Board purposes (see Denbury). The poor parishioners have 20*\ a year, left b}^ John Peter, in 1570, out of the great tithes of Cornworthy.

Post from Newton Abbot.


Abbott, Arthur Albert, farmer, Well

Beavis George, farmer, Poole ; & Well

Bovey Cornelius, victualler, Church House Inn

Bulley James, farmer, Broadway

Easterbrook Charles, farmer. Hole

Elliott John, farmer, Yeatt

Ellis George, farmer, Morley

Harper Mr William, Brimridge

Harris Mr Samuel, Higher Wooton ; and Venn

Palk William, farmer and overseer, Coppa Dolla

Putt Richd. corn mllr. Torbryan mills

Quick John, victualler,

Rising Sun Shilston William L. farmer, Little Joy

Strickland Mr M. P., Tor Newton house

Trace John, farm bailiff. Tor Newton

Trace William, sexton

Trickey Thomas, farmer. Tor court

Tulley Mrs, butcher and farmer, Heathfield ; and Denbury

Turpin Tom, farmer, Norden

White John, farmer, Higher Simpson

Wolston Rev Charles, LL.B. rector. The Rectory


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