White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Devon, 1878

White's History, Gazetteer and Directory
of the County of Devon, 1878

HIGH BICKINGTON, 8 miles E. by N. of Torrington, and N.W. of Chulmleigh, is a parish in Torrington union and county court district, Great Torrington petty sessional division and rural deanery, Northern division of the county, North Tawton hundred, and Barnstaple archdeaconry. The parish includes North and South Hele, Stowford, and other scattered farms. It had formerly a market every Wednesday, which was discontinued about 1725, and it still has a cattle fair on the Monday after May 14. The parish is in several manors, and belongs to Mrs. Pyncombe's Trustees, the Hon. Mark Rolle, Captain Shepherd, and others. Risdon says Athelstan founded a church here, and endowed it with 2 hides of land. The Church is an ancient structure, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, and tower containing six bells, and was restored in 1873 at a cost of £500. The church was newly floored, and reseated ; the gallery was removed, and many new windows inserted. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £30 7s. 7d., and in 1831 at £532, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Alfred Langdon who has a pleasant residence and 157A. 3R. 34P. of glebe. The Baptists have a chapel here, and the poor have the interest of £40 left by Joshua Tucker in 1721. The parish school has £50 a year from Mrs. Pyncombe's Charity.

Post from Chulmleigh. Letters are despatched at 4 p.m.

Bear John, blacksmith Bird John, mason
Boundy Thomas, farmer, Shoutley
Browncombe Wm. vict. Golden Lion
Buncombe Mr William, The Laurels
Case Samuel, farmer, Ash
Clarke George, thatcher
Coats John, butcher
Coats Richard, vict. Black Horse
Cole Abraham, frmr. Parsonage farm
Cole Joseph, farmer, Snape
Cole Samuel, farmer, Culverhouse
Cowman John, farmer, Vauxerhill
Crocker Mr John
Davey William, parish clerk and gravestone cutter
Down John, carpenter
Down Samuel, farmer, Shoutley
Down Thomas, farmer, South wood
Dunn William, farmer, Didford
Eastman William, road contractor, Small March
German William, farmer, Middlewood
Gill John, farmer, Little Bickington
Gill Robert, assistant land steward
Gooding Henry, grocer, tailor, draper, and seedsman
Goss Simon, farmer, Seckington
Harris Eli, farmer, Holt
Harris James, farmer, Ley Barton
Heaman Mrs Charlotte, grocer, baker, and blacksmith
Hill John, carpenter
Hodge Thomas, carpenter
Hookway Richard, farmer and timber merchant
Jones John, farmer, North Hele
Jones William, grocer and baker
Kelly James, tailor
Langdon Rev Alfred B.A. rector, The Rectory
Lee John, farmer, Langloy Barton
Manning John, watchmaker
Mayne Robert, mason
Miller Joseph, vict. Ebberley Arms
Paddon Samuel, farmer. Hele town
Peake John, grocer, baker, & draper
Pearce Henry, schoolmaster
Pidler George, carpenter
Pidler Richard, farmer and carpenter
Pincombe William, farmer, Loveham
Purchase William, farmer, Dobbs
Rawle John, veterinary surgeon
Richards William, bootmaker and postmaster
Seldon Thos. farmer, Stowford down
Shepherd Capt. Alxndr. Nethergrove
Shepherd Mrs Ann, Nethergrove
Slee Bernard, farmer, Lilaton
Slee John, butcher and farmer
Squire Arthur, farmor, Whether hill
Symons Thomas, farmer, South Hele
Tucker Abel, farmer, Broadwood
Tucker James, farmer, Didford
Turner John, farmer, Didland
Turner William, bootmaker
Turner William, farmer and mason, Little Silver
Webber John, farmer, Gratley
Woolaway, William, farmer and corn miller, Pulley's mill
Woolncott Samuel, farmer, Yelland