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"Talaton, or Tallaton, is a village and parish about 3½ miles from Ottery St. Mary, and 11 from Exeter, containing 2365 acres of land, and a population in 1851 of 443 souls, being ten less than 1841. The number of voters in 1857 was 25.


Sir John Kennaway, Bart. is the Lord of the Manor and lives at Escott* house, a noble mansion erected on the site of the old one which was destroyed by fire in 1808. George III, Queen Charlotte and three of the Princesses, were entertained here by Sir G. Yonge, Bart. on the 14th of August 1789. This parish was the birthplace of the accomplished divine, Dr. Thomas Sprat, Bishop of Rochester, who was born in 1636 and died May 20th 1713; he was interred in Westminster Abbey.


The Church (St. James) is a very old building, possessing no architectural features worthy of note, if we except a very rich screen, and some memorials of the Eveleigh and other families. The Rectory, valued in the King's Book at £32. 3s. 1½d is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. L. P. Welland.


There is a small District Church at Escott which is about 2 miles from the parish church; it is a neat structure, erected by Sir John Kennaway, Bart., a few years ago. It is a Perpetual Curacy in the incumbency of the Rev. J. Furnival, MA.

The National School is supported by Sir John Kennaway. Number of children, 50. Mr. William Godden, Master."

*Usually spelt Escot today.


St. James Church, Talaton

The church of St. James, Talaton

© Richard J. Brine



Furnivall, Rev. J  MA, Incumbent of Escott, Larkbeare House

Kennaway, Sir John, Escott House

Mathew, Jonah Pynesent Esq, Rydon House

Welland, Rev. Laurence Palk. Rector,  Parsonage


Baker, John, victualler, Fair Mile Inn

Bembury, Henry, carpenter

Bishop, John, Moor

Carter, John, builder, Beacon Cottage

Carter, Joseph, Escott Cottage

Capron, John, tailor

Eveleigh, Edward, miller, Fair Mile Mills

Franks, William, butcher

Grendon, William, farmer, Larkbeare

Hookway, William victualler & wheelwright

Huxtable, William, agricultural implement maker

Ireland, James, boot maker

Lovering, Humphrey, victualler & farmer, Half Moon Inn

Lovering, William, farmer, Week's

Lovering, William, farmer, Moor Hayes

Pippett, William, cooper

Pratt, John, farmer, Talaton Farm

Pratt, William, farmer, Westcott

Pyle, William, farmer, Wright's & Gypson's

Pyle, William, farmer, Harris's & Westcott

Richards, Ann, shopkeeper

Richards, Francis, shopkeeper

Rogers, William, farmer, Lashbrook

Salter, Henry, farmer, Moor Farm

Salter, James, farmer, Moor Farm

Salter, William, blacksmith

Shipcott, Joseph, farmer Moorhayne Farm

Wright, Barnabas, farmer & miller, Tale Water Mills

Letters through Ottery St. Mary, which is the nearest Money Order Office.


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