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West Putford, in the Torridge valley, 8½ miles N of Holsworthy, is a village and parish in Bideford Union and county court district, Holsworthy petty sessional division, Southern division of the county, Barnstaple archdeaconry, holsworhty rural deanery and Black Torrington Hundred. Its parish, which includes Colscot, Sessacott, Thriverden and Wedfield hamlets, had 290 inhabitants (145 males, 145 females) in 1871, living in 61 houses on 2620 acres of land. Lewis James May Esq. is lord of the manor, but a great part of the coil belongs to the Hon. Mark Rolle, Mr Alwes, Mr John Walter and others.

The church is a fine cruciform structure, with a square tower at the east end and containing three bells. The Register dates from 1590. The living, a rectory, value in the King's Book £9 11s 0½d, and now £290 (net) is in the patronage and incumbency of the rev George Chambers BD, who has 80 acres of glebe and a good houses, erected about thirty years ago. The tithese were commuted in 1842 for £203 a year. The Weslyans and the Bible Christians have chapels here.

The School Board for east and West Putford was formed on 21 November 1874 and consists of the Rev. G. Chambers (chairman) and Messrs J Moase (vice-chairman), Richard Walter, A E Dayman (hon. clerk) and Hugh Cottle. A school is being built here. The poor have the interest of £40, given by unknown donors.

Post from Brandis Corner but Holsworthy is the nearest Money Order Office and Railway Station. There is a wall letter box at Putford Bridge which is cleared at 7.45pm (week days only).


Arnold, Miss Mary Ann, schoolmistress

Arnold, Philip, blacksmith, Wedfield

Arnold, Richard, carpenter, Putford Bridge

Blight, Henry, farmer, Colscott

Blight, John, farmer, North Worden

Braund, Lewis, farmer, Colscott

Chambers, Rev. George BD, Recror, The Rectory

Chubb, John, Wedfield

Chubb, Richard, farmer, Wedfield

Cleave, Thomas, farmer, Vulhouse

Cleverdon, John, farmer, Higher Cholladon

Cottle, Hugh, farmer, Churchtown

Harris, John, farmer & parish clerk, Glebe

Harris, Richard, Sessacott

Jenkins, Josiah, tailor & draper, Colscott

Jenn, Alfred, miller, Cory Mills

Jewel, Richard, postmaster, Sessacott

John, Richard, shoemaker, Putford Bridge

Lane, John, farmer, Iddlecott

Lewis, George, blacksmith & shopkeeper, Putford Bridge

Millman, John, farmer, South Worden

Moase, James, farmer, Cory Barton

Trewin, Thomas, farmer, Kismeldon

Vanstone, Charles, farmer,Putford

Walter, John, farmer, Kismeldon

Walter, Mr Richard, Church Park Cottage

Wickett, John, farmer, Thriverdon

Wickett, John, farmer, Field Irish

Wilton, Mr William, Worden Villa


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