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Germansweek (or Week St German) is a parish and scattered village, 4 miles SW from Ashbury Station and 4 miles S from Halwill Station, both on the Halwill and Bude section of the Southern (late London and South Western) Railway, 12 miles SE from Holsworthy and 11 W from Okehampton, in the South Molton division of the county, hundred and petty sessional division of Lifton, Union and country court district of Okehampton, rural deanery of Tavistock, archdeaconry of Plymouth and diocese of Exeter.


The church of St German is an ancient edifice of stone in mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south transept, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells rehung in 1905. The church was restored in 1870/71 at a cost of over £751. There is a white marble tablet to a brother of the late Captain Luxmore, formerly of this parish, who fell at the  battle of the Alma on September 20th 1854. There are 250 sittings. The register dates from the year 1652. The living is a vicarage, united with that of Broadwood Widger, joint net yearly value £520, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Bristol, and held since 1920 by the Rev, Emlyn Hugh James BA of St David's College, Lampeter, who resides at Broadwood Widger. The dean and chapter of Bristol are the owners of the tithes which are leased to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. There is a United Methodist chapel and a Baptist chapel, each with a Sunday School attached.


Tredenham Hugh Spry Esq. JP,  is lord of the manor and prinicpal landowner. The soil is chiefly clay; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, oats and barley. The area is 2618 acres of land and 7 acres of water. The rateable value is £1308. The population in 1911 was 207.


Sexton: Harry Piper

Post Office: Robert Down, sub-postmaster. Letters through Beaworthy. Bratton Clovelly, three miles distant, is the nearest money order and telegraph office.

The Public Elementary School was set up in 1874 for 60 children. Mrs Eleanore Fitch, mistress. The school is controlled by 6 managers.


The curiously-named hamlet of Boldventure

really does exists!


©Richard J Brine

Signpost to Boldventure



Avery, Albert, farmer, Boldventure

Dayman, William, blacksmith, Eworthy

Dingle, David & William, farmers, Higher Eworthy

Down, Robert, grocer & post office

Gerry, Fred, farmer, Martins, Eworthy

Hamlyn, William, farmer, Hunkins, Eworthy

Heggadon, Samuel, cowkeeper, Week Mill

Heggadon, William, farmer, Home Living

Howlon, Edward, mason, Eworthy

Hutchings, Ernest, farmer, West Wortha

Jenkins, Isaac, cowkeeper, Hennard Mill

Littlejohn, Herbert, farmer, Toft Farm

Martin, Richard, shopkeeper

Maynard, James, farmer, Rowden

Paul, Richard, shopkeeper

Percy, William, farmer, Southwick

Perkins, Samuel, farmer, Bangors

Prout, Colomon, farmer, Bidlake

Seccombe William & Sons, farmers, Seccombe

Seccombe, William, assistant overseer, Seccombe

Short, Richard, farmer

Symon, Henry, farmer, Higher Eworthy

White, John, rabbit dealer

White, William, tailor

Wood, Stephen & Arnold, farmers, Landford

Wooldridge, Fred, mason, Pitten

Wooldridge, Thomas, estate carpenter, Boldventure




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