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Rev. John Pike Jones

Devon Notes & Queries, vol. 4, Part 3 (1906), pp. 91-93. [Supplementary to vol.3, p.193, par.145.]


T.N. Brushfield

Prepared by Michael Steer

Historian Rev. John Pike Jones (c. 1790- Feb 4 1857) was Vicar of Alton Staffs 1829-57; then rector of Butterleigh 1832-1857. The 1851 census of Alton shows him, aged 59, unmarried, "Vicar of Alton, BA", born in Chudleigh, Devon, with a housekeeper and another female servant. He was closely associated with Rev G Oliver, and later became involved in a bitter controversy with the Bishop of Exeter in 1820. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. The copy of this rare book is available from the Internet Archive.

Rev John Pike Jones (III, p. 193, par. 145):- May I be permitted to add the following notes to the bibliographical portion of Mr T Cann Hughes' interesting paper?

(1) "Botanical Tour through various parts of Devon and Cornwall, 1820". There was a reissue of this in the following year, with a new title page, wrongly designated as a second edition. In reply to a correspondent in Notes and Queries (1st s. xii., 29), the Editor remarked of this work "It was printed in Exeter in 1820, and we suspect, only for private circulation, as it is not found in our public libraries." But this is incorrect, as the title page bears an imprint "Exeter": Printed for J Treadwin, 217 High-street; and G. and W. B. Whittaker, 13 Ave Maria Lane, London, 1820." It is of especial value for its appendix containing "A List of Plants growing wild in the vicinity of Chudleigh, and in various parts of the adjoining Hundred of Teignbridge." (pp. 43-74).

(2) "A guide to the scenery….. of Ashburton, 1823." A second edition was published in 1830. The work is dedicated to Miss Filmore of Ilsington.

(3) Davidson (Bibl. Devon, 9) records "Historical and Monumental Antiquities of Devonshire, 1823." No imprint noted. I have been unable to trace any copy of this work. Possibly it may be intended for a MS bearing this title (with Hundred of Teignbridge added to it) preserved among the Rev Pike Jones MS collections (vide No. 6). The next two are recorded in Davidson's Bibl. Devon (pp. 135, 172).

(4) A True and Impartial Account of the Parliamentary Conduct of Sir T. D. Acland, Bart., by a Freeholder of the County of Devon. Exeter, 1810.

(5) Substance of the speech of the Rev J. P. Jones at a County Meeting at Exeter, 16 March, 1821, on the Laws relating to His Majesty's Roman Catholic Subjects, Exeter, 1821.

(6) The Bodleian Library contains eight MS works of Mr Jones (No 3 being one of the number), the historical ones consisting of the author's own notes in addition to transcripts from printed works, and from collections formed by Mr J. Herman Merivale, of Barton Place, Exeter, and Lincoln's Inn. It is greatly regretted that the latter, which appear to have related wholly to Devonshire, and 36 volumes, have been quite lost sight of (see Trans, Devon, Assoc., xxiii, 162; xxii, 164).

(7) The first edition of the Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Devon and Cornwall, by the Rev Dr G. Oliver, and the Rev J. Pike Jones was published in 1828 (demy 8vo), and was a reprint of various articles that appeared in the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette in the form of letters, those of the former being signed "Curiosus," and the latter "Devoniensis." Each contributed about one half to the printed work. A second edition was issued in 1839-42 and consisted of three volumes, of which the first contained all of Dr Oliver's letters, but (with one exception), none of those of Mr Jones, the reason of which is given in an introductory note in this volume. The churches described by the latter were those of Moreton Hampstead, Ilsington, Lustleigh, North Bovey, Ashburton, Bickington, Buckland-in-the-Moor, Hennock, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Manaton and Inwardleigh, also an article "On the supposed tomb of Sir William de Tracey, the murderer of Becket, in Morthoe Church, the exception being the valuable introduction (pp. ix), reprinted with a few additions by Dr. Oliver. A third edition was projected and in part printed, but as subsequently abandoned. It contained Mr Jones account of Ashburton Church, with some additions, including a list of the Incumbents, and also short notices, (in great part re-written) of the churches of Bickington, and of Buckland-in-the-Moor.

Some remarks of J Pike Jones on the Trackways of Dartmoor will be found in Rowe's Dartmoor (ed. 1896, 149-50).

I quite agree with Mr Hughes in his suggestion that the MSS in question at the Bodleian Library should be carefully examined, with a view to the publication of those portions that comprise materials of interest towards a future History of the County.