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Rockbeare is a parish and small village on the south side of the main road from Honiton to Exeter, 2 miles east of Broadclyst station on the main line of the Southern (late London and South Western) railway, 10½ south-west from Honiton and 6½ east from Exeter, in the Honiton Division of the county, East Budleigh Hundred, Ottery petty sessional division, union of St. Thomas, county court district of Exeter, rural deanery of Aylesbeare, and archdeaconry of Exeter.


The church of St. Mary is an ancient building of red stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel , nave, aisles, south porch and a western tower with 4 pinnacles, containing 5 bells, dated respectively 1787, 1637, 1761, 1767 and 1613. The church was restored in 1888 at a cost of £1750, the nave being lengthened, the chancel rebuilt and a new vestry and organ chamber added, divided by a wooden screen, into which has been worked the Jacobean front of the old gallery. During the restoration an old piscina was discovered in the walls and re-set; new oak doors have since been added and a lych-gate erected. In 1909, a clock was place in the tower by Mrs. Bolitho of Rockbeare House, in memory of Captain Bolitho RN; this replaced a clock made over 200 years ago by a local blacksmith. There are 200 sittings. The register dates from the year 1645. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £250, with residence and 21 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Bishop of Exeter, and held since 1918 by the Rev. Thomas Benjamin Williams, MA, of Wadham College, Oxford. There are charities amounting to £9 1s 6d yearly value.


In 1904, W. H. C. Nation Esq. presented to the National Trust for the places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, a piece of land about 21½ acres on Rockbeare Hill for a public park or recreation ground to be named Prickly Pear Blossom Park, so named after his book "Prickly Pear Blossom". It is situated about 600 feet above sea level and commands extensive views of the surrounding country. Mr. Nation has also built several model cottages for agricultural labourers.

Rockbeare Court is the property of Major General Sir Edward Sinclair May, KCB; CMG; JP; FRGS. Rockbeare Manor is the property and residence of Lieut. H. S. Follett CBE,  and the Grange is the property and residence of William S. Harriss Gastrell Esq. Lieutenant-Colonel Hinny Spencer-Follett OBE, who is lord of the manor and Major-General Sir Edward Sinclair May are the chief landowners.

The soil is various; subsoil, new red sandstone. The chief crops are wheat and oats, with considerable pasturage. The are is 2,334 acres; rateable value, £4640; the population in 1911 was 434.

Sexton: Thomas Wakeley.


Marsh Green is 2 miles south-east and has a Mission Church, erected in 1896,  in connection with St. Mary's, Rockbeare, and a Congregational Chapel, erected in 1840, with 120 sittings. ALLERCOMBE is 3 miles south-east; PITHEAD, 2½ miles south-east and LITTLE SILVER, half a mile south east are hamlets.

POST & TELEGRAPH OFFICE: Mrs. Ellen May Bennett, sub-postmistress. Letters through Exeter. Whimple is the nearest money office.

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Endowed (Mixed), erected about 1860, enlarged in 1891, for 70 children, by Mrs. Bidgood, and endowed by Mrs. LeBlanc in 1864, with £25 yearly; Mrs A. Woollcott, mistress. Marsh Green (mixed) for 60 children; now closed.



Davis, Albert, Croft Cottage

Dew, Joseph Henry, Ashbridge

Follett, Lieut.-Col. Henry Spencer, OBE,  Rockbeare Manor

Gastrell, William S. Harriss, The Grange

Goodwin, Singleton, Westcott House

Lee, Mrs, Pithead Cottage

Littlejohn, Albert George, Imbert

May, Major-Gen. Sir Edward Sinclair,KCB:  Rockbeare Court

Stringer, Mrs, Pine Croft

Williams, Rev. Thomas Benjamin, MA (Vicar), The Vicarage


Alford, Lustia Charles, blacksmith, Marsh Green

Blanchford, Henry, farmer, Higher Southwood

Bowles, Samuel, farmer, Lions Farm

Carter, Frank. farmer, Little Westcott

Cohn, Herman Oliver, farmer, Higher Marsh

Davy, William, farmer, Marsh Farm

Dunn, William Henry, farmer, Cottles, Marsh Green

Dunn, Edward John, farmer, Cottles, Marsh Green

Hansford, Edward, gardener, Southside, Marsh Green

Heard, Arscott, farmer, Rewe (postal address Whimple)

Hellier, Arthur, farmer, Westcott Farm

Hill, John, farmer, Allercombe

Hutchings, Sarah (Mrs.), beer retailer

Mings, Albert John, farmer, Higher Upcott

Payne, Edard, farmer, Ford House

Pile, Alfred John, farmer, Allercombe

Please, John, farmer, Lower Upcott

Please, Walter, farmer, churchwarden and councillor, Slades Farm

Reynolds, Albert, assistant overseer & clerk to PC, Inglenook, Marsh Green

Riddler, William Thomas, dairyman, Woodhouse

Roper, J, (Mrs.  farmer, Cross Park

Smith, William Henry, carpenter

Stampot, William, grocer

Stirling, James, farmer, Lomyns Coppice

Symons, Albert, farmer, Marsh Bawden

Symons, Amelia (Mrs.) farmer, Tanners

Turner, John, farmer, Allercombe

Turner, John, farmer, Lower Marsh

Turner, William John, farmer, Manor Farm. Marsh Green

Wakeley, Ernest, farmer, Palmers Farm



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