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Stooke of Waddon and Clifford of Chudleigh

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 9:2, (1916) pp. 58-60.


Edward Windeatt

Prepared by Michael Steer

The author provides the backdrop to the story of John Stooke of Waddon near Chudleigh, and the charity he established for the church and the poor of nearby Bovey Tracey. The story, first recorded in 1709, is that in 1646 an officer in the Royalist army was gambling at Bovey when he was cornered by Roundheads. He threw his bag of winnings to a servant, who threw them over a hedge, where they were found by Stooke, then a humble farmer's boy. Stooke's fortune was founded on his lucky find. Bovey's altar fund still receives a small annual sum from the charity. It is suggested that the servant who lost the money might have been an employee of Thomas Clifford of Chudleigh. 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 held in the Library of Arthur William Bryant Messenger, and is available from the Internet Archive.

Chudleigh, Sir George 59
Chudleigh, Mary 59
Clifford, Anne 59
Clifford, Anne (2) 59
Clifford, Anthony 59
Clifford, Hugh 59
Clifford, Mary 59
Clifford, Mr 59
Clifford, Thomas (called Doctor) 59
Clifford, Lord Thomas 59
Courtenay, Anne 59
Courtenay, Sir Peter 59
Crockford, John 59
Cromwell, Oliver 58
Fairfax, Sir Thomas 58
Staplehill, Anne 59
Staplehill, Hugh 59
Stooke, Mr A T 59
Stooke, Edward 59
Stooke, George 59
Stooke, John 59
Stooke, John jnr 59-60
Stooke, Thomas 59
Stooke, William 59