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Germansweek (or Week St Germans), on a bold acclivity, 11 miles W by S of Okehampton, is a parish and village in Okehampton Union and county court district, Lifton petty sessional division, Lifton polling district of South Devon, Lifton Hundred. Totnes Archdeaconry, and Okehampton rural deanery. It had 305 inhabitants in 1871 (164 males, 141 females), living in 57 houses on 2594 acres of land. The parish includes Heyworthy hamlet (now Eworthy). Horatio Carlyon Esq. is the lord of the manor, and he and Messrs Seccombe, Palmer and Abell are the principal owners. The Seccombe family has lived here since the Conquest.


The church is mostly in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, north aisle and south transept. It was restored by subscription at a cost of £775 in 1874, when among other improvements the three bells were recast, and by the addition of new metal formed into a peal of five bells. The living is a vicarage valued at about £105, in the gift of the Dean and chapter of Bristol who are the appropriators of the tithes. There is no incumbent, but the Rev. Samuel Andrew of Halwell is curate-in-charge. The tithes are now leased to Captain C H Luxmore and commuted for £117 a year. The Bible Christians and the Baptists have chapels here.


The School Board was formed on 30 March 1874 and consists of the Rev. Samuel Andrew (chairman and honorary clerk) and Messrs R. Seccombe (vice), J. Northcott and W. Symons. The cost of the original building, now used as the schoolroom, and its adaptation for use, amounted to £200 and was opened as a Board School in 1875.


Letters are delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday by foot post from Bratton Clovelly but Lifton is the nearest money office.


The Bible Christian Chapel, Germansweek

The Bible Christian Chapel, Germansweek

Now altered to become a pair of semi-detached houses

Chapel foundation stone

© Richard J Brine



Abell, Richard, farmer, East Wortha

Andrew, Rev. Samuel, curate, Halwell, Launceston

Balkwill, William, miller, Germansweek Mill

Burnard, Thomas (executors of) farmer, South Week

Gerry, Mrs Charity, farmer & shopkeeper, Eworthy

Gerry, Jabez, shoemaker

Hamlin. Elias, farmer, Eworthy

Harry, Thomas, farmer, Stephens

Jarrett, Miss Rosina

Leach, Robert, Knight's Tenement

Lucas, Jeremiah, carpenter

Moise, James, farmer, Rowden

Northcott, John farmer, Home Living

Northcott, John, Boldventure

Northcott, farmer, Bovey

Seccombe, Roger, farmer, Seccombe

Seccombe, William, farmer & shopkeeper, Landford

Short, William, blacksmith

Sleeman, Marwood, carpenter

Spencer, -?, Board School Master

Spry, William, blacksmith, Eworthy

Symons, William, farmer, Tuff

Tanton, John, farmer

White, Henry, farmer & carpenter, Higher Town, Eworthy

White, John, farmer & Parish Clerk, Bangor's Whistle

Woodrow, John, farmer, Higher Eworthy

Wooldridge, Thomas, mason, Boldventure



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