Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870

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Transcribed by Val HENDERSON

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Page 447

  ABBOTS-KERSWELL (or CARSWELL) is a village and parish in Newton Abbot union, containing, by the census of 1861, 437 inhabitants, and 1461 acres; in the deanery of Ipplepen, archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Haytor, East Devonshire; 2 miles south from Newton Abbot, 6 north-east* from Torquay, and 18 south from Exeter, near the main road from thence to Totnes. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Vesey Germain Hine, B.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1836, at £204 per annum, with residence and 60 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor; it was formerly in the gift of the Abbey of Sherborne (Dorset), who possessed property in this parish. The vicar of Cornworthy is appropriator of the rectorial tithes, which were commuted at £116 per annum. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle, and lady chapel, with tower and three bells. The Baptists and Wesleyans have places of worship here; the former, which was a small cottage, was given by the late Mr. R.W. Ford, in 1838, and the site for the latter was presented by the late W. Creed, Esq. There is a National School for the children of both sexes. The church property produces about £8 per annum, part of which is expended in the repairs of the edifice, and the other part in payment of the clerk and sexton. The parish is divided amongst a number of small freeholders, the principal owners being Sir Walter Palk Carew, Bart., Commander Marcus Hare, R.N., Mr. Hole, Mr. Creed, Mr. Henley, and Mr. Richard Ford.

ALLER is a small hamlet, forming part of this parish.

Clergy and Gentry.

Creed John, Esq., Whiddon house

Creed William, Esq.

Hare Commander Marcus, R.N.

Hine Rev. Vesey Germain, B.A., The Vicarage

Wilkes Henry, Esq.

Trades and Professions.

Ashford William, baker

Atwill George, mason and plasterer, 1, South Town cottages

Bishop William, "Two Mile Oak"

Bulley William, farmer, Langford farm

Darke William, baker and grocer

DAWTON AND CO., papermakers, rag merchants, and bone crushers, Aller Paper Mills

Dyer William, beer retailer

Elliott Samuel, farmer

Ford Elias, farmer, and registrar of marriages for Newton Abbot district

Ford George, farmer, Aller

Henley Codner, cider merchant

Jones John, farmer and clay haulier, Aller cottage

Lee John, shoemaker

Leaker Thomas, boot and shoemaker, and farmer

Maddicott Thomas, farmer

Mudge Thomas, farmer, Manor farm

Palk Edward, butcher

Partridge John, wheelwright, Mount pleasant

Phillips John and Co., manufacturers of architectural pottery and fire bricks, Aller

Phillips John (firm of John Phillips and Co.); h. Moor park

Pickard Job, farmer, Whiddon farm

Prowse Mrs. Anne, blacksmith

Rowell Wm. Henry, farmer, Court Barton

Ruby George, farmer

Skinner John, farmer

Venning Wm., parish clerk


Letters through Newton Abbot, which is also the nearest money order office. Wall Letter Box cleared at 6.30p.m. on weekdays, and 12 noon on Sundays


National School - Miss Emma Cornish, mistress.

Transcript Notes.

* Abbots-kerswell is 6 (miles) north-west from Torquay not north-east.





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