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St Christopher's Church, Aylesbeare

St Christopher's Church, Aylesbeare

©Richard J. Brine


Aylesbeare is a small village on the eastern declivity on the bold range of hills between the vales of the Exe and the Otter, eight miles east of exeter. Its parish contains 433 souls and 2948 acres of land, ecclusive of Newton Poppleford tithing and chapelry, whic has 549 inhabitants and 524 acres of land, on the opposite side of the hills, in the vale of Otter, where it has a good village and a stone bridge of three arches, 10 miles E by S of Exeter, and 3 miles S of Ottery St Mary. Newton Poppleford bridge was built by the county in 1840, at the cost of £2500 and the village has two annual cattle Faird, held on Holy Thursday and the Wednesday after October 7th.  The manor of Aylesbeare was long held by the Courtenays as part of the barony of Okehampton. After the attainder of Sir Francis Engelfield, one moiety of it was granted to the Earl of Essex who sold it to the tenants. The other moiety, with a great part of the parish, belongs to the Trustees of the the late Lord Rolle.  The vicar has a small manor here and Minchin Court belongs to the Rev. H. W. Marker.


The parish church (dedicated to St Christopher) is an ancient structure with a tower and three bells and the living is a discharged vicarage. The Rev. H. W. Marker is patron and the Rev. W. H. Carwithen MA is the present Vicar and has a neat thatched residence and 59 acres of glebe.


The chapel of ease (St Mark) at Newton Poppleford, is served by the vicar and is said to have been founded as a chantry chapel by Edward III about 1330. It is a stone fabric with a Norman tower and one bell.. The village of Newton has also a small Independent Chapel built in 1816 and on the river bank is a crape and silk factory which belongs to Henry Elliott Esq but is now unoccupied. Many females here are employed in making Honiton Lace, and a child's cap of this beautiful material, was lately presented by one of the parishioners to Her Majesty, for one of the royal children. The Queen graciouslyt accepted the present and liberally rewarded the donor. The river Otter is celebrated for trout and other fish and is a favourite resort for anglers. In 1696 Richard White left 30 shilling a year out of rents from Porch House for schooling six poor children. Two small schools in the two villages are supported chiefly by the patron, the vicar and other contributors.



Berry, John, thatcher

Bolt, Charles

Carwithen, Rev. William Henry MA, Vicar

Carter, Elias, victualler, The Exeter Inn

Cooper. William. mason and chapel clerk

Coplestone, Henry, victualler The Cannon Inn

Dean, William, beerhouse keeper

Denis, Henry, victualler, The Blue Anchor

Drake, Mrs E.

Ebden, Mrs, School mistress

Ham, William, parish clerk

Land, Col. Samuel, Rosemont.

La Vis, William, road contractor

Rowe,Wilmot and Ann, schoolmistresses

Salter, Samuel

Sanford John, butcher

Sloman, Mr John

Smale. Thomas, butcher

Tozer, John


Hallett, John

Ham, Nicholas

Sage, Robert


Ashford, Charles


Newbury, Henry

Sanders, John


Bastin, John (and ironmonger)

Darke, John

Skinner, William


Ham, John

Hazzell, William

Squire, John

Tozer, John


Calverwell, Anthony

Eveleigh, George

Ham, Abraham

Pile, James


POST OFFICE at William Ham's residence - letters despatched at 3.0 in the afternoon.



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