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SHEEPWASH IN WHITE'S DIRECTORY OF 1850

"SHEEPWASH, or Shipwash, formerly a market town, is a long village in the Torridge valley, 5 miles W.N.W. of Hatherleigh. Its parish contains 497 souls, and 1771 acres of land, including 182A. of woodland and 391A. of common. A market was held here every Monday, till the latter end of last century; and here are still two annual fairs, on the second Thursday in March, and the first Thursday in October. The two market houses, after being long neglected and dilapidated, were converted into dwellings some years ago. Several houses in the town were destroyed by fire in 1743. Lord Clinton is lord of the manor, formerly held by the Avenel, Metstead, Holland, and other families. Upcot Avenel is the pleasant seat of G.L. Colham, Esq., and was formerly the property of the Hortons and Thornes.

The Church (St. Lawrence,) is a small antique structure, with a low tower and one bell; and the benefice is a curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Shebbear. .The Baptists  and Bible Christians have chapels here."

 

RESIDENTS

George Lewis Colham, Upcot Avenel

Rev. James Meyrick Feild BA, Curate

Richard Finnamore, victualler, Half Moon

Thomas Hooper, Shopkeeper and Draper

Mr. John Longman

Robert Rudall, Surgeon

William and Arthur Southcombe, tailors

John Spear, Inland Revenue Officer

George Wonnacott victualler, the White Hart

BLACKSMITHS

Thomas Steer

Gabriel Steer

BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS

Henry Essery

Joseph Essery

William Essery

Samuel Johnson

CARPENTERS

Joseph Beere

William Braund

FARMERS

Joseph Chapman (and timber merchant)

Joseph Chapman Jun.

George Clemett

James Clemett

Thomas Davy

Edmund Herring

Thomas Hooper

John Luxton

William Paige

Charles Snell

William Tucker

Stephen Vanstone

 

 

 
 
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