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Devon County

Devonshire Rgt.

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"Chawleigh is a village and parish, situate about two miles from Chulmleigh, 18 from Tiverton; from South Molton 10 miles, from Exeter 20 miles, and 2 miles from Eggesford Station on the South Devon Railway, containing 5,020 acres of land and a population in 1851 of 833 inhabitants. The number of voters in 1857 was 29 and Chulmleigh was the polling place.

Chawleigh, originally "Chavelege" is an irregularly built village, but very pleasantly situated. The Right Honourable the Earl of Portsmouth is lord of the manor, to whom about three fourths of the parish belongs - L. W. Buck Esq., Messrs H. Reed, Williams, C. Northcote and a few others have estates here. There are two fairs for cattle held near Eggesford Station - the one on May 6th and the other on the Tuesday before the last Thursday in October.

The Church, dedicated to St. James, is an ancient stone structure; the tower contains six bells and the interior of the edifice has a splendid carved screen. There are a few monuments. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Books at £25.14. 2d.  Rev. P. F. Clay, M.A. is Rector, William Josland sen. Clerk.

The Independents and Bible Christians have each chapels here but no stated ministers.

The National School is near the Church, and is mainly supported by the Earl of Portsmouth, and the payment of the children. Number of children - boys 42; girls 38. Mr. R.Gough Master; Mrs. Rebecca Gough, Mistress."


Chawleigh - the Bible Christian Chapel

Chawleigh - The Bible Christian Chapel

Dating from 1822 this is now a private residence

© Richard J. Brine



Clay, Rev. Pelham Fellows, M.A. Rector, Rectory

Cole, Mr. William, Burridge

Ash, Robert, farmer, James Week

Baker, James, Carpenter

Cann, Richard, farmer, maltster and brewer, Nutson

Cann, Stephen, farmer, maltster and brewer, Nutson

Challice, William, tailor and shopkeeper

Cole, Thomas, farmer, Wilson's, Burridge

Cornall, Richard, farmer, Glebe

Dilling, George, blacksmith and implement maker

Dilling, James, blacksmith

Dilling, William, blacksmith

Drake, John, farmer, East Leigh

Edgworthy, Richard, victualler, Royal Oak

Edworthy, Thomas, wheelwright

Edwards, John, victualler, horse hirer, Fox and Hounds, Eggesford

Ford, John, farmer, Moortown

Goss, James, thatcher

Goss, John, thatcher

Harris, James, Shoemaker, Ford Moor

Edward Holmes, station master, Eggesford

Hookway, John, Relieving Officer and Registrar, Moortown

Hooper, Rebecca, shopkeeper

Josland, William, sen., shoemaker and Parish Clerk

Josland, William, jun. shoemaker

Kemp, William Adams, farmer, Great Burridge

Kemp, Thomas, farmer

Lake, Thomas, mason

Lewis, Henry, farmer, Sowden's, Burridge

Ley, John, shoemaker and baker

Luxton, Thomas, victualler and farmer, Schoolmaster's Inn

Middleton, Robert, farmer, Fiddlecott

Newcomb, Simon, butcher

Passmore, Richard, nurseryman

Phillips, Henry, farmer, Mildon's Leigh

Phillips, Robert, miller and farmer, Stone Mill

Rattenbury, John, miller and farmer, Week Mill

Reed, Edward, farmer, West Leigh

Reed, Henry, farmer and Churchwarden, Toatworthy

Reed, Richard, farmer, Handaford

Reed, Richard, farmer, Ponsford

Reed, Thomas, victualler, London Inn

Sage, Thomas, mason

Saunders, Anthony. farmer, Tonefield

Saunders, John, shoemaker

Saunders, Jeffrey, farmer, Chawleigh Week

Saunders, Thomas, farmer, Mary Week

Saunders, William, farmer and maltster, Chawleigh Barton and Chenstone

Snell, Edward, farmer, Little Moortown

Snell, William, farmer, East Ford

Stone, Richard, farmer, Duckham and Edworthy

Tancock, Richard, carpenter and shopkeeper

Trick, Samuel, farmer, Homeland

Vickery, John, farmer, East Hill

Webber, William, tailor and shopkeeper

Webber, William, cooper

Webber, William, blacksmith and ironmonger

Letters by foot post from Chulmleigh which is the nearest 

Money Order Office.



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