South Brent

Brent (South)

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

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Transcribed by Sybil CAMERON

Checked by Val HENDERSON


Pages 461 - 463

  BRENT (SOUTH) is a village and parish in Totnes union, containing, by the census of 1861, 1205 inhabitants, and 9374 acres; in the deanery and archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Stanborough, South Devonshire; 5 miles east from Ivybridge, and 6 west from Totnes, on the South Devon Railway, at which it has a station, and on the banks of the river Avon. The vicarage, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. William Speare Cole, M.A.*, is valued at £975 per annum, with residence and 32 acres of glebe land, and is endowed with the rectorial tithes, with the exception of £20 per annum, which is paid to Christ Church, Oxford. The church is an ancient edifice, in the Decorated style, dedicated to St. Petrock, with tower and six bells, and is now under restoration. The Wesleyans and Independents have places of worship here. There is a school for children of both sexes, which has an endowment producing £13 4s. per annum, arising from land devised by John Wilcocks and Thomas Acland in 1733; and the Rev. Robert Bradford, in 1800, left an annual rentcharge of 20s. to purchase bibles for four poor children. There are also several other charitable bequests for the benefit of the poor. This was formerly a market town, but the market has long been obsolete. There are two cattle fairs held annually on the last Tuesdays in April and September. Rateable value £9338. This is a polling-place for the south division of the county, its district comprising Brent, Buckfastleigh, Dean-Prior, Diptford, Halwell, Holme, Ivy Bridge, Modbury, Morley, North Huish, Totnes, and Ugborough.

Clergy and Gentry

Andrew Miss Mildred

Arthur Fortescue, Esq., Wonton

Bowden The Misses, Waredowns

Butter John, Esq., M.D., Summerswood

Carew Thomas, Esq., Marley

Carter Stephen, Esq., Crowder villa

Chown Mrs. William

Clarke Mrs., Avon cottage

Cole Henry, Esq., 2, Nelson place

Cole Rev. William Speare, B.A.,* Vicarage

Cowlard Mrs. Sarah, 4, Nelson place

Dengibone John C., Esq., Crowder villa

Forrest Lieut.-Col. Lowther, Alpha villas

Furneaux Mr. William, Horsebrook

Goodman Mr. Henry, Stidston

Haddy John, Esq.

Harvie Mr. Anthony, Balmoral villas

Hoskin Mr. John, Noland house

Jarvis Mr. Morgan O’Dwyer, Alpha villas

Kelly Mr. Edward Henry, 4, Nelson place

Kingwell Mr. Henry, Great Aish

Kingwell Mr. John, Great Aish

Kuper Admiral Sir Leopold Augustus, K.C.B., Rock cottage

Ley Miss Ann

Matthews Thomas M., Esq., Lutton house

Meynell Frank, Esq., The Moor

Preston Augustus, Esq., Balmoral villas

Sherwill Mr. Thomas, Avon view

Smerdon Mr. Richard, Oak villa

Terrell Henry, Esq., Bellevue

Woodley Captain Augustus John, R.N., Didworthy

Trades and Professions.

Adams John, yeoman, Moore farm

Adams Peter and Co., flock and shoddy manufacturers

Andrews Mrs. Ann Morrish, farmer, Aish

Arscott Wm. Petherbridge, "Royal Oak"

Arthur Fortescue, farmer, West Wonton

Bagwell Joseph, linen draper

Ball George, blacksmith

Blight Philip, shoemaker

Boot Stephen, farmer, Higher Lutton

Bowden Jeffery, yeoman, Charford**

Bowyer Richard, basket maker

Bradridge Henry, farmer

Bradridge Walter, farmer, Harbournford

Brown Mrs. Elizabeth, apartments

Carter Edward, apartments, 3, Nelson place

Clancy Henry, wheelwright and blacksmith

Clancy John, grocer

Codd Henry, farmer

Codd James, butcher

Codd John, farmer, Palston

Codd Robert, carpenter

Cole Frederick, farmer, Downstow

Cole Henry, farmer, Ginnaford

Cole Henry, solicitor

Cole Mrs. Mary, miller, Lydia bridge

Cole Solomon, tailor

Cooper Edward Curtis, schoolmaster, and registrar or births and deaths for the Ugborough district

Cranch William, painter and glazier

CROSSING, PHILP, AND CO., flax spinners and sail cloth manufacturers, Coker Works

Davis William, market gardener, "Pack Horse"

Denley John, farm bailiff to Mr. Ford, Stidston

Dodd John, carpenter

Dodd Richard, carpenter

Earle William, farmer, Stidston

Edmonds John, lodging house

Farleigh John, boot and shoemaker

Farleigh William, baker

Ford William, baker and grocer

Furneaux Edwin, farmer, Zeal

Furneaux William, farmer, Beara

Furneaux William, farmer, Horsebrook

Goodman Alfred, farmer, Stidston

Goodman Mrs. Elizabeth, butcher



Haddy John, barrister-at-law

Hamlyn Thomas, yeoman, Stippadon

Hannaford Samuel, apartments, Brent mills

Harris George, farmer, Ellwell

Heath Samuel, farmer, Kerrydown

Heath William, farmer

Helmore John, miller, Town mill

Hingston Arthur, baker

Hoidge Daniel, apartments, 4, Nelson place

Horrell William, tailor

Hosking Fred. horse letter, Noland house

Hosking James, tailor, "Globe"

Hosking John Lear, farmer, Kerswell

Hurrell William, tailor

Jarvis Morgan O’Dwyer, lodging house

Jonas Henry, farmer, Benning Knowle

Kingwell Henry, yeoman, Great Aish

Knapman William, farmer, Lisburn

Knott Charles, mason, Brent mill

Langworthy Arthur, "Anchor"

Leavers Richard, jun., shoemaker

Leavers Richard, sen., farmer

Luscombe George, farmer, Charford

Luscombe Philip, thatcher

Lush John, carpenter

Matthews William, farmer, Underhill

Mead Robert, farmer, West Badworthy

Medway Robert, farmer

Mullis John, farmer, Webland

Northmore Simon, farmer, Badworthy

Nott William, mason

Parnell Richard, mason, 1, Nelson place

Parnell Thomas, farmer, Marifield

Parr Frederick, stationmaster, Park cottage

Pearse Thomas, farmer, Noland

Pearse William, farmer

Peatheyjons John, lodging house***

Penwell Thomas, farmer, Charford

Philp John Henry (firm of Crossing, Philp, and Co.); h. Splatton

Pope Miss Susan, ladies’ boarding school

Preston Augustus, surgeon, Balmoral villas

Richards Thos., manager of shoddy factory

Savery John, farmer, Lincombe

Scobell William, blacksmith

Sherwill and Hewett, grocers

Smerdon Elijah, farmer, Bullhornstone

Smerdon Mrs. Elizabeth, farmer, Lincombe

Smerdon John, farmer, Stidstone

Smerdon John, farmer, Forder

Smerdon Thomas, farmer, Corndown

Smerdon Mrs. Thos., farmer, Gt. Lincombe

Soper Henry, carpenter

Soper John Knapman, farmer, Aish

Soper William, grocer and baker

Spear Sampson, farmer, Lwr. Lutton farm

Stidstone Henry, painter

Stidstone William, farmer

Symons John, schoolmaster

Symons Mrs. Susan, farmer, Brent Mill farm

Symons William, farmer and commercial traveller, Higher Aish

Tall William, market gardener

Tope William, tailor

Veale Henry, shoemaker and postmaster

Veale Mrs. Jane, lodging house

Veale Jervis, carpenter and deputy parish clerk

Wakeham, Abdon Edwin, farmer, Little Aish

Wakeham John, farmer, Horsebrook

Wakeham John, farmer, Yelland

Wakeham Joshua, farmer, Higher Beara

Wakeham Richard C., farmer

Wakeham Thomas, farmer, East Wonton

Ward William, "London" inn, Brent mill

Wills Thomas, draper, grocer, and general dealer


Post Office – Henry Veale, postmaster. Letters from Ivybridge arrive at 8.25 a.m.; dispatched at 4.50 p.m. This is also a money order office and Post Office Savings Bank


Carriers - Mary Cole and William Heath, to Plymouth, Sat; Stidstone and Knott, to Totnes, Sat

Transcript Notes.

* Cole Rev. William Speare, B.A.......he has an M.A. in the introduction

** Bowden Jeffery....... isn't it usually spelt 'Jeffrey'?

*** Should this read Peatheyjohns?






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