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CLOVELLY

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"CLOVELLY, a parish in the hundred of Hartland, in the county of Devon, 11 miles W. of Bideford, its post town, and 5 from Hartland. The village is built on the side of a steep rock, and formerly belonged to the Giffords and Careys, who erected a harbour and pier. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter, value £244, in the patronage of Sir J. H. Williams, Bart., lord of the manor. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a stone edifice, chiefly in the Saxon style. It was made collegiate in Richard II.'s time by the Careys, and possesses a brass and other monuments of the Carey and Williams families. Lady Williams supports a school for girls. There is an ancient encampment situated above the church, on a lofty height, called Clovelly Dyke, and in the vicinity is Clovelly Court, the fine mansion of Sir J. H. Williams, commanding extensive views. In former years this place was celebrated for its herring fishery; and in the roads is anchorage in 4 to 6 fathoms water."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003