St.Giles in the Wood

St. Giles-in-the-Wood.

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

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Transcribed by Val HENDERSON

Checked by William COOKE

Pages 413 - 414

  ST. GILES-IN-THE-WOOD (or STOW ST. GILES) is a village and parish in Torrington union, containing, by the census of 1861, 962 inhabitants, and 4827 acres; in the deanery of Torrington, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Fremington, North Devonshire; 3 miles east from Great Torrrington, 8 south-east from Bideford, and 8 south-west from Umberleigh Station on the North Devon Railway. The vicarage, in the incumbancy of the Rev. Charles E. Littledale, M.A., is valued at £130 per annum, with residence and 3 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of the Hon. Mark Rolle. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Giles, consisting of nave, chancel, transept, north and south aisles, with tower containing six bells; it was restored by the Hon. Mark Rolle in 1862, at a cost of £2000. The Baptists and Wesleyans have places of worship here, and there are Parochial Schools for children of both sexes. There are four almshouses for aged women, which have an endowment of £5 per annum.

  STEVENSTONE HOUSE, the residence of the Hon. Mark Rolle, who is lord of the manor and chief landowner, is a noble mansion, in the midst of a fine park well stocked with deer, and is now undergoing a complete restoration. Gas works are also being erected for the use of the mansion. The estimated cost of improvement is £50,000. A pack of foxhounds are kept at kennels here, which are hunted regularly during the season.

  DODSCOTT, 1 mile east; HEALAND, 1½ mile south-west; HIGH BULLER*, 1 mile north; and KINGSCOTT, three quarters of a mile south, are hamlets of this parish.

Clergy and Gentry.

Johnson Miss, Rosemore

Littledale Rev. Charles E., M.A., Vicarage, Kingscott

Rolle the Hon. Mark, J.P., Stevenstone house


Trades and Professions.

Ashplant Francis, shoemaker, Kingscott

Ashplant William, shoemaker

Balsdon James, farmer, Lower Whitsley

Barrie James, forester to the Hon. Mark Rolle

Bowman John, farmer, Great Huish

Brinsmead Thomas, machine maker and farmer

Bryant Miss, ladies' school, Kingscott

Clarke Thomas, farmer, Dodscott

Clarke William, farmer and maltster

Clemens Mrs. Mary, farmer, High Bullen

Clemens Thomas, blacksmith, High Bullen

Cock Miss Theresa, shopkeeper

Copp William, miller, Stoneyford

Drawers Thomas Lary, farm bailiff to the Hon. Mark Rolle, Peagham

Friend Thomas, machinist, Kingscott

Gould William, gamekeeper to the Hon. Mark Rolle, Bellevue cottage

Heale Henry, farmer, Lower Healand

Hookway John, farmer, Higher house

Hookway John, jun., butcher, "Rolle Arms," Kingscott

Lake Thomas, farmer, High Bullen

Lake Thomas, farmer, Ward

Leigh William, farmer, North Crandford

May Francis, blacksmith

Norman Christopher, farmer, Winscott

Norris Charles, huntsman to the Hon. Mark Rolle

Rowe Joseph, farmer, Healand

Row Lawrence Vodden, farmer, Kingscott

Snell William, farmer, Dodscott

Snell William, farmer, Lower hill

Squire William and John, farmers, Dodscott

Squires Francis, farmer, Crandford

Symons Edward, farmer and butcher, Way Barton

Symons Richard, farmer, Higher hill

Tanton Thomas, farmer, Leigh

Trick Thomas, farmer

Trick William, gardener, "Fox and Hounds," High Bullen

Vodden Lawrence, farmer, Beara

Vodden Lawrence, farmer, Kingscott


Pillar Letter Box cleared at 4.40 p.m. Letters from Great Torrington, which is the nearest money order office


County Constabulary - Geo. Babbage, serjeant


Parochial School - Thomas Bailey Hodgkin, master; Miss Elizabeth Blessington, mistress

* 'HIGH BULLER' should read 'HIGH BULLEN'.






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