Ivybridge has grown from being a tiny hamlet with a bridge crossing the river Erme to a village and finally, in 1977, to becoming a officially, a small town. Now, nearly 50 years later, it has grown to become a substantial dormitory town for Plymouth, which is soon reached by the motorway. When White's created the following list of townspeople in 1850, they will have listed virtually all of its key inhabitants: none of the addresses seem complete but it didn't matter - everyone on this list would have known who was who and where everyone else was.
Abbott, William, painter and decorator
Blight, Philip, farmer
Carkeet, William, Manager, the Tanning Company
Chapman, William, tinner and brazier
Cole, Maurice, Manager, Union Corn Mill
Cork, Rev.J.D; MA; incumbent
Cotton, William, Esq. Highland House
Curber, John, farmer
Devon and Cornwall Tanning and Leather Company
Fincher, John, schoolmaster.
Garrard, William, Inland Revenue Officer.
Hartley, Edmund, surgeon.
Hortop, Elizabeth, cider seller
James, Mrs, Erme House
Lethbridge, Robert, Private lunatic asylum, West Park House
Mackay, William, Schoolmaster
Mathias, Captain Thomas, RN
Menzies, James, Gentleman
Phillips, Roger, Landscape gardener
Rivers, Henry Bowen and Henry Esqrs.
Seldon, Mr John
Sherwell, John Adams, surgeon
Toogood , Matthew
Smith Rev. P. Parker, Curate.
Spreat, Samuel, saddler.
INNS AND TAVERNS
The Bridge Inn, Solomon Northmore
Ivybridge Hotel, Richard Hillson
King's Arms Inn, John Seldon, jun.
Rivers Londond Inn, William Rivers
Grocer's Arms, William Atwill, Carrier
Post Office: at John Bird's
Railway: 6 times a day to Exeter and Plymouth
Carrier to Plymouth: William Savery, daily.