Egg Buckland

Egg Buckland

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

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 Transcribed by Kevin BROWN.

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Pages 816 -817

Egg Buckland is a large parish and village in Plympton St. Mary union, containing, by the census of 1861, 1348 inhabitants, and, with Laira Green, 3304 acres; in the deanery of Plympton, archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Roborough, South Devonshire; 3 miles north-east from Plymouth, on the banks of the river Plym, and near the railway from Plymouth to Tavistock. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Charles Edgar Turner, B.A., had the tithes commuted at £5-12-10s. per annum, and is In the patronage of the Lord Chancellor. The rectorial tithes were also commuted at £205 per annum. The church, dedicated to St. Erasmus, is a noble edifice, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south aisles, and a handsome tower with three bells, one of which is said to have been brought from Buckland Abbey. The church was rebuilt a few years since. There is a National School for children of both sexes. The poor have charitable bequests producing about £24 per annum. The extensive fortifications called the Northern defences of Plymouth occupy a considerable portion of this parish. Slate is quarried and copper ore is found here.

Widey Court, in the occupation of Miss Ann Moorshead, is celebrated as having been the residence of Prince Maurice, in the siege of Plymouth by the Parliamentary forces in 1643, and the King was there in 1644.

Knackersnowle is a hamlet of this parish 1.¼ mile south- east; and Thornbury, another small hamlet, 1.¼ mile north.

Laira Green, formerly extra-parochial, is now a parish under the Act of the 20th Victoria, c.19.

Christopher Tolcher, Esq., is Lord of the Manor of Egg Buckland, and Henry Clark, Esq., Lord of the manor of Efford; and they, with the Earl of Morley, Rev. John A. Moorshead, E Tolcher, John James Elliott, and Thomas Briggs Esqs., are the principle landowners.

Clergy, Gentry, and Private Residents.


Billing Edward, Esq., Long bridge

Butland Mrs Ann, Lower Leigham

Clark Mrs. Irving, Manor House

Fuller Charles Henry, Esq., Marsh house, Crabtree

Hawker Mrs John, Rock

Julian Richard, Esq., Laira

Moorshead Miss Ann, Widey Court

Radcliffe Copplestone, Esq., Derriford house

Rowse Mr. Walter, Plym villa, Laira

Saltan George William, Esq., J.P., Higher Efford

Skardon Mr. Wm. James, Laira

Skardon Mr. Wm. James, Jun., Laira

Spurell Mr. Samuel, Furzedowne

Turner Rev. Charles Edgar, B.A., Vicar, The Vicarage

Wade Colonel James H., Widey cottage


Trades & Professions.

Anthony William, Farmer, Little Efford

Atwell John, Farmer, Frogmore

Bowden Jeremiah, cattle dealer, Knackersknowle

Brooks Robert, dairyman, Crabtree

Butland Benjamin, Farmer, Leigham

Callard James, farmer, Buckland wood

Cawker Jonathan, "Crabtree" inn

Chubb Mrs. William, butcher, Knackersknowle

Collard James, farmer, Common wood

Coombe Thomas, Tailor, Knackersknowle

Coombes Thom., "Volunteer" inn, Crabtree

Corber Thomas and Frederick, Farmers Colwell

Crews Thomas, Farmer, Higher Efford

Cudlip Richard Farmer, Goosewell farm

Dawe Richard, farmer, Bloom Balls Farm

Dawe Thomas , Farmer, Widey farm

Down James, dairyman, Knackersknowle

Elliott Charles, "Rising Sun" Crabtree

Foot James, shoemaker, Knackersknowle

Gullett Thomas, farmer & miller Efford mill

Helyer Henry, "New Inn"

Hortop John, farmer, Estover


Jago Thomas, Beer retailer, Laira

Jago William, Parish Clerk

May Samuel, farmer, Fancy

Neale James, farmer, Bowden

Nosworthy John, saddler and postmaster, Knackersknowle

Palmer Fras.,dairyman, Knackersknowle

Parsons William, dairyman, Doidges

Passmore Wm, coachbuilder, Knackersknowle

Paull John, dairyman, Knackersknowle

Pengelly Jas., dairyman and "New Inn" Knackersknowle

Pengelly Wm., wheelwright and beer retailer, Knackersknowle

Perry Samuel, farmer Cressbrook farm

Robins Joseph, dairyman, Knackersknowle

Rolestone Thos., "King's Arms," Knackersknowle

Ryder Mrs. Caroline, cowkeeper

Sangford Chas., surgeon, Knackersknowle: h. Mutley

Scoble John, tailor, Knackersknowle

Sellick Francis, farmer, Riverford

Snell William, Farmer, Coleridge

Spry George, blacksmith

Stephens John, gardener, Smallack

Spry Louisa, shopkeeper

Spurrell Joseph, collector of income and assessed taxes, Knackersknowle

Stuttaford Ann, shopkeeper, Knackersknowle

Taylor Richard, carpenter, Knackersknowle

Tipper Joseph, wheelwright, Knackersknowle

Tozer Joseph, farmer, Austin farm

Tregillis John, corn merchant, Knackersknowle

Tregillis John, miler, Widey mill

Ursell Miss Jane, mistress of National School

Ursell Mr. William James, master of National School

Worth John, farmer, Pool farm


Post office, Knackersknowle - John Nosworthy, sub-postmaster. Letters from Plymouth at 7.35a.m.; dispatched at 6 p.m. Plymouth is the nearest money order office

Post office, Pillar Bar, Crabtree - Cleared on week days at 4.15 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.


National School - William James Ursell, master: Miss Jane Ursell, mistress






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