White's Devonshire Directory of 1890

Transcribed by Debbie Kennett

"ASHREIGNEY or Ring's Ash parish includes the hamlets of Riddlecombe, Great Hayes, and Churchwater, and is in Torrington union, county court district, South Molton petty sessional division, Barnstaple archdeaconry, Chulmleigh rural deanery, and North Tawton hundred. Ashreigney village is 4 miles W. by S. of Chulmleigh. The parish had 675 inhabitants in 1881, and comprised 5663 acres of land. J. G. Johnson, Esq. is lord of the manor formerly belonging to the Reigny and other families, but part of the soil is held by Earl Portsmouth and a few smaller owners. Here is an annual fair on the Wednesday after January 30th. The CHURCH (St. James) is an ancient structure which is about to be thoroughly restored at a cost of about £1000, which will be defrayed by subscription, with a tower containing six bells. The living is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £24, in the patronage of Jno. G. Johnson, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. J. H. Moore-Stevens, M.A. who has a good residence and 83 acres of glebe. The tithes are commuted at £460 a year. Register dates from 1654. The WESLEYANS have a chapel here, and at Bridgereeve is an INDEPENDENT CHAPEL. The NATIONAL SCHOOL was built in 1860 at a cost of £600, raised by voluntary contribution, aided by Government grant.
       POST OFFICE at Mr. John Boundy's. Letters arrive at 8.5 a.m., and are despatched at 5.35 p.m. Chulmleigh is the nearest Money Order Office. There is a WALL LETTER BOX at Riddlecombe, cleared at 5.10 p.m. weekdays only."

Alford Henry, boot and shoemaker
Ashplant John, boot and shoemaker
Bellew James, farmer, Woodrow
Berry Benjamin, farmer, Churchwater
Bird John, farmer, Pitt
Boughtfield Thomas, farmer, Beara
Boundy Andrew, victualler, New Inn
Boundy John, grocer, draper and postmaster
Boundy Samuel, farmer, West yard
Callard Mrs Jane, blacksmith and shopkeeper
Carter John, wheelwright and shopkeeper, Riddlecombe
Cook John, ropemaker, Bridgereeve
Cook John, farmer, Coal House
Cole Mrs Joan, farmer, Densham
Cole John, farmer, landowner and churchwarden, South Town
Cole John Budd, farmer and manure merchant, Isaacs
Cole Joseph, farmer, Ham farm
Dunn James, farmer, Horridge
Ellies James, blacksmith & shopkpr.
Ford John, farmer, Winswood
Gay Wm. corn miller, Marsh mills
Greenslade John, blacksmith, Riddlecombe
Hancock John, farmer and maltster, Goodcott
Harris Jeremiah, farmer and assessor of taxes, Riddlecombe
Harris John, farmer, Cold Harbour
Harris Robert, farmer, Riddlecombe
Harris Robert, farmer, Hole
Harris Thomas, carpenter and builder
Harris William, farmer, Hook
Harris William, farmer, Riddlecombe
Headon Isaac, farmer, Westacott
Joslin Mrs Mary Cowman, schoolmistress
Joslin William, schoolmaster and registrar of births and deaths for Winkleigh district
Kennor Robert, stonemason
Lane William, parish clerk
Lane William, saddle & harness mkr.
Mitchell Mrs Jane, South cottage
Mitchell John, farmer and landowner, Eagledown
Moore-Stevens, Rev John Henry, M.A. rector, Rectory
Parkhouse Robert, mason
Passmore John, sexton
Potter Mrs. farmer, Handsford
Sanders John, tailor
Sanders Robert, boot & shoemaker
Short John, farmer and landowner, Bridge farm
Short William, farmer, Northcott Barton
Simmons Thomas, carpenter and wheelwright
Skinner William, farmer, Redland
Squire John, farmer and landowner, Furze Barton
Squire John, farmer, West Arson
Tapp John, thatcher
Thorne John, farmer, Cmbdown
Turner Christopher, farmer, Heale
Turner John, farmer, Arson
Wedlake John, farmer, Bourne farm