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

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Transcribed by Val HENDERSON

Checked by Sybil CAMERON

Pages 559 - 560

  STAVERTON is a parish and large village in Totnes union, containing, by the census of 1861, 949 inhabitants, and 5356 acres; in the deanery of Ipplepen, archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Haytor, East Devonshire, on the north bank of the River Dart, 3½ miles north from Totnes. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Henry Fox Atherley, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1842, at £385 per annum, with residence and three acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, who are also appropriators of the rectorial tithes, which were commuted at £460 per annum. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. George, in the Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular styles, consisting of nave, chancel, and tower, with a peal of six bells, and containing some handsome stained glass windows. There is a National School for Children of both sexes. There are several charitable bequests for the benefit of the poor. The Dean and Chapter are lords of the manor of Staverton, and owners of the greater portion of the parish; John Maye, Esq., is lord of the manor of Barkington, and Lord Cranstoun is lord of the manor of Pridhamsleigh.

PENN RECCA SLATE QUARRIES, which have been worked for several centuries, are situate at the north portion of the parish, about 2 miles from Ashburton; they are now in the hands of a joint stock company, who have effected considerable improvements in the mode of working, and employ about 100 hands. In the reign of Charles I. Ashburton Church was roofed with these slates.

WOLSTON GREEN is a hamlet of this parish, including LANDSCOVE, which was formed into a separate ecclesiastical district in 1852; and a neat church, dedicated to St. Matthew, was erected there by Miss Champernowne, at a cost of about £3000. The living is a vicarage, valued at £100 per annum, £75 being paid by the Dean and Chapter of Exeter as appropriators, and £25 by the vicar of Staverton; it is in the incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Inglis Stewart, M.A., and the patronage of the vicar. There is a National School for children of both sexes, and the Wesleyans have a place of worship here.

SPARKWELL and STRETCHFORD are also hamlets, forming part and parcel of this parish.

The rateable value of the parish is £8423.

Clergy and Gentry.

Atherley Rev. Henry Fox, M.A., Vicarage

Bovey Edward, Esq., Baddaford

Bowden Mr. Charles, Silver street

Bowden Mrs., Landscove

Brooman James, Esq., R.N., Landscove house

Downes Rev. William, curate, Southford house

Edwards Thomas, Esq., Riverford

Michelmore Philip, Esq., Sparkwell

Rendell William, Esq., Kingstone house

Sawbrey Mrs. Alice, Wolston green

Stewart Rev. Thomas Inglis, M.A., Landscove cottage

Trades and Professions.

Barter Edward, farmer, Weston

Beer Robert, boot and shoemaker and shopkeeper

Bowden John and Son, millers and corn merchants, Bridge mill

Braddridge Henry, farmer, Pridhamsleigh

Chubb John, farmer, Woodend

Cole Thomas, farmer, Fursdon

Crocker Sampson, carpenter, Gulliford

Dennis Hubert, blacksmith

Dennis John, farrier

Elliott Jeffery Scobble, farmer, Sladesdown

Field Edward, stonemason

Field George, carpenter, Mount cottages

Forster Mrs. Mary Ann, farmer, Tidwell

Grute John, thatcher and nurseryman, Bumpston bridge

Grute John, jun., thatcher and nurseryman, Almshouses

Hamlyn James, farmer, Higher Fursdon

Harris Thomas, cooper

Heyward William, farmer, Blackler farm

Hill Mrs. Hannah, Newtake farm

Hill John, tailor, Almshouses

Hill Matthew, farmer, Mount Barton

Hill Richard, wheelwright, Almshouses

Hoare John, farmer, Caddaford

Hyne John, farmer, Wolston green

Lowe John, carpenter and shopkeeper, Wolston green

Luscombe John, butcher

Mann Edward, farmer, Gulliford

Mathews Henry Edwards, miller, corn dealer, and farmer, Staverton mills; h. Prospect house

Mathews William, farmer, Prospect house

Maye Jeffery, farmer, Coombe

Maye Richard Gortley, farmer, Abham farm

Maye Robert, farmer, Barkingdon

Palk William, farmer, Lower Wash farm

Parsons James, blacksmith, Bridge

Please Henry, parish clerk

Potter Thomas, shoemaker

Rowe Thomas, "Live and Let Live," Wolston grove*

Savery John, farmer, Higher Coombe

Searle Mrs. Sarah, shopkeeper, "Ring of Bells,'

Shinner Mrs. Ann, "Church House" inn

Shinner Edwin, farmer, Higher Stretchford

Shinner Henry, carpenter

Taylor John, shoeing smith and agricultural implement maker, Wolston green

Tinkham John, stonemason, Beera

Tinkham John, stonemason, Bumpston

Tinkham Philip, boot and shoemaker, Sherwell

Whiteway John, farmer, Stretchford

Whiteway Thomas, farmer, Hole farm

Winsor Henry, farmer, Bulland farm

Winsor John Taylor, tailor

Winsor Thomas, farmer, High Beera


Letters through Totnes and Ashburton; Staverton and neighbourhood being in Totnes delivery, and Wolston Green in Ashburton

Letter Box, Staverton, cleared at 4.25 p.m. on week days, and 11.10 a.m. on Sundays. The money order offices are at Totnes and Ashburton


National School, Staverton - Miss Agnes Foss, mistress

National School, Landscove - Mrs. Mary Kingdon, mistress

Transcript Notes.

* Original error? should be Wolston Green not grove.




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