Lieutenant William Harding (16 August 1792 - 13 January 1886), of Ilfracombe was also Local Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries, and read this paper at The College Hall, Exeter, on December 1st, 1854. Harding was an antiquary and British army officer. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society and, after his retirement from the Army, an active member of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society. He is best remembered for his History of Tiverton (2 volumes) published in 1847. This rare book was produced from a digital copy held by the University of Michigan Library that can be downloaded from Google Books. Those on which copyright has expired are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.