Kelly's Directory of Devon, 1902 - Yarnscombe

Kelly's Directory of Devon, 1902

YARNSCOMBE is a parish and village 2 1/2 miles south-west from Chapelton and 4 miles west from Umberleigh station on the North Devon branch of the London and South Western railway, about 5 1/2 north-east from Torrington, 8 south from Barnstaple and 10 west from South Molton, in the Northern division of the county, hundred of Hartland, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Torrington, rural deanery of Torrington, archdeaconry of Barnstaple and diocese of Exeter. The church of St. Andrew is an ancient building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower on the north side containing 6 bells, the first three dated respectively 1709, 1631 and 1608 : the chancel retains a piscina : there is an octagonal font of the Tudor period, and the staircase to the rood loft remains and some ancient stained glass, but the screen has disappeared : on the north side of the chancel, within a low-arched recess, is an altar-tomb, the upper slab of which bears a partly effaced inscription to John Cockworthy and his wife, of the 15th century ; the church contains besides several monuments of the Loveband family from 1680, including one to the Rev. A. W. Loveband M.A. vicar, d. 1878 ; also memorials of the Trevelyans (1623), Pollards (1667) and Champneys (1681) : the church was repaired and a vestry added in 1852, and the whole church was thoroughly restored in 1888-9 at a cost of £700, and affords 160 sittings. The register dates from the year 1653. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £100, including 30 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held since 1882 by the Rev. John Blood Singleton. There is an estate of 36 acres, producing £20 a year, for the repair of the school and church, which is managed by trustees ; there are also charities of £1 10s. yearly, given by deed poll, for the benefit of the poor ; and £2 to be distributed in bread. Yarnscombe Court, which was once a seat of the Cockworthy family and afterwards of the ancestors of the Right Hon. Sir G. Otto Trevelyan bart. P.C. is now a farm-house. Delly, an old manor house, much improved, is the property of Captain John Edgecombe Loveband, whose family has held land here since 1314; it is occupied as a farm. Northchurch was the residence of the Love- bands from 1314, but it passed to the Rolles in 1878 who also purchased from them the estate known as Graylake. The Hon. Mark George Kerr Rolle is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The manor of Little Yarnscombe belongs to the trustees of the late Ven. Charles Welling- ton Furse M.A. canon and archdeacon of Westminster (d. 1899) ; that of Yarnscombe Hankford is the property of the Misses Bellew. The soil is clayey ; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, oats and barley. The acreage is 3,470; rateable value, £2,002; the population in 1891 was 294 in the civil, and 286 in the ecclesiastical parish, and 279 in the civil parish in 1901.

By Local Government Board Order 14,972, a detached part of High Bickington, known as Langley Barton, was transferred to this parish, March 24, 1884.

Sexton, William Tout.

Letters through Umberleigh R.S.O. received at 8.30 a.m. The nearest money order office is at High Bickington. Nearest telegraph office, Umberleigh railway station, 4 miles distant

Letter Box cleared at 3.30 p.m

A School Board of 5 members was formed November 20th, 1877; Samuel Woollacott, jun. clerk to the board & attendance officer

Board School (mixed), built in 1878, for 68 children; average attendance, 60 ; Ernest Maddock, master

Scougill Charles, Vicarage
Singleton Rev. John Blood, Vicarage
Badcock Richard & Son, millers (water), Court mills
Bolt Richard, shopkeeper
Buckingham John, farmer, Langley
Buckingham Sl. farmer, Part Sparks
Clark Thos. farmer, Langridge ford
Darch Albert, carpenter
Down John, farmer, Chappel
Ellis William, shoe maker
Ford Richard, farmer, Ward
Harris John, farmer, Buck Mill farm
Hoyle Abel, farmer, Short ridge
Kent William, mason
Martin John, farmer, Higher Graylake
Mitchell Thos. farmr. HigherDelworthy
Muxworthy Fdk. farmer, Sittycleave
Oatway Anthony, farmer, Higher Northchurch
Oatway Jn. farmer, Yarnscombe crt
Oatway William, farmer, Ley
Quick Thomas, shopkeeper
Richards Thos. farmr. Low. Delworthy
Richards Thomas, jun. farmer, Cleve
Symons Hy. farmer, Low. Sherwood
Tanton Samuel, farmer, Pykes
Thorne Frederick, farmer, Cogworthy
Thome Maurice, farmer
Tucker Anthony, shoe maker
Tucker Richard, blacksmith
Ward Jn. miller (water). Buck mills
Woollacott Samuel, farmer, Delly
Woollacott Samuel, jun. registrar of births & deaths to High
    Bickington subdistrict & clerk to the school board, Delly
Woollacott Thomas, farmer, Orchard
Yeo Wm. & Samuel, farmers, Churchcombe