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On the Early History of Dawlish

Trans. Devon Assoc.  1881, Vol XIII, illus., pp. 106-130.

by

James Bridge Davidson, M.A.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The land that includes present-day Dawlish was granted by Edward the Confessor to Leofric, later the first Bishop of Exeter, in 1044. After the Norman Conquest, Leofric gave the land to the Diocese of Exeter, which held it until it was sold  in 1802. This scholarly article is a treasury of detailed information about very early Dawlish.  Little of note happened at Dawlish until the end of the 18th century, when seaside locations on the south coast started to become popular with the wealthy, mainly caused by George III making Weymouth his summer holiday residence from 1789. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

 

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Abiram 112
Ǣdelred, King 121
Ǣdelstan, King 118-20
Ǣgeluuardus, Abbot (Ǣgelward) 110, 118
Ǣlfgarus, Nobilis 110
Ǣlfgeat, Militus 111
Ǣlfred, King 120
Ǣlfricus, Archbishop of York 110, 117
Ǣlfricus, Militus 111
Ǣlfstanus, Militus 110
Ǣlfuuinus, Abbot (Ǣlfwine) 110, 118
Ǣlfuuinus, Militus 111
Ǣlgifu, Queen 120
Ǣluuinus, Bishop (Ǣlwine; Ǣlfwine) 110, 117
Ǣthelred, King 120-1
Ǣthelricus, Militus 111
Ǣthelstan, King 119-20, 128
Ǣthelstanus, Abbot 110, 118
Ǣthelwerdus, Militus 111
Ǣthemærus, Militus 110
Ǣthelweard 107-8
Ǣthelwinus, Militus 111
Ǣthelwold, Abbot 120
Ǣthelwulf, King 120
Algar 126
Alley, Bishop William 127
Aluric, Thegn 129
Angelricus, Presbiter 123
Arfastus, Chancellor (Herfast) 123, 126
Atsorus, Militus 110
Baldwin, Abbot 123, 126, 129
Beelzebub 112
Brient, Count 123, 126
Brihtricus, Nobilis 110, 129
Brihtuuoldus, Bishop (Brihtwold) 110, 117
Brihtwinus, Militus 111
Brittany, Brian of 126
Brutus 106
Camden 107
Carey, Dr William 116
Cnut, King 118, 120
Coutances, Geoffrey of 125
Croydon, Edward 116
Dathan 112
Dodda, Nobilis 110
Dodico, Bishop (Dudeca) 110, 117-8
Dugdale 127
Dunstan, Archbishop 120
Eadgar, King 118, 120
Eadgyth, Queen 118
Eadsig, Archbishop 117
Eadsinus, Archbishop 110, 117
Eadweard, King & Confessor 106, 108-11, 118-9, 121, 126, 128-9
Eadwig, King 122, 124, 126
Edwin 126
Ealdredus, Bishop 110
Earle, Professor 108
Ecglafus, Militus 110
Ecgulfus, Militus 111
Eduuinus, Count 123
Ellis, Sir H. 114
Fitz-Osborn, William 126
Florence of Worcester 106
Folco, Minister 123
Freeman, Archdeacon 106,108, 118-9, 127-8
Godiva, Lady 126
Godricus, Militus 111
Goduuinus, Abbot (Godwine) 110, 118
Goduuinus, Militus 111
Godwin 106-7, 118-21, 127
Godwine, Earl 106, 110, 126
Gosfred, Bishop 123
Gyso, Bishop 123, 126
Hamilton, Mr N.E.S.A. 106
Haroldus, Nobilis 110, 121, 126, 128
Herfast, Bishop (Arfastus) 126
Hickes, Dr 121, 127
Hoker, John of Exeter 106, 119-21, 126-7
Hugh, Reeve 120
Hugo, Minister 123
Hunuwine, Thegn 120
Jordan, Mr R. 114
Karl, Militus 110
Kemble 108, 127
Lake, Dr 114
Le Héricher 114
Herimannus, Bishop 123, 125
Leland 114
Leofnodus, Minister 123
Leofric, Bishop 106-7, 109, 111,113, 118-30
Leofricus, Dux 110
Leofuuinus, Nobilis (Leofwine) 110, 126
Liuingius, Militus 111
Lyfing, Bishop (Lifing) 106, 110, 117-8, 126
Malmsbury, William of 106, 120
Manni, Militus 111
Mathilda, Queen 123, 125, 129
Morkerinus, Count (Morcar) 123, 126
Odda, Nobilis 110
Odo, Bishop 123, 125
Oliver, Dr 107-8, 116, 119, 121, 128
Orderic 126
Ordgarus, Nobilis 110
Ordulfus, Nobilis 110
Ormerod, G.W. Esq. 114
Osbern, Bishop 127, 129
Osgodus, Militus 110
Osmarus, Militus 111
Pallig 108
Patey, Andrew Esq. 116
Pedler 127
Phillot, Rev Charles 116
Polwhele, Mr 108, 114, 116, 119, 128, 130
Pomorei, Ralph de 130
Prince 107, 126-7
Raulfus, Count 123
Raulfus, Minister 123
Ricardus, Minister 123
Risdon, Tristram 107, 120, 129
Rodbert, Count (Duke) 123, 126
Rodbertus, Viscount 123
Shower, Sir Bartholomew 121
Sigeuurdus, Dux 110
Skeat, Professor 113, 125
St. Benet 120
Stigand, Archbishop 123, 125
Suuegan, Dux 110
Swegen, King 120
Swete, Rev Mr. J. 116
Thorpe 127
Thurkyl, Militus 111
Thurstanus, Militus 111
Tostig, Nobilis 110
Toui, Militus 111
Ulfcytel, Militus 111
Uulfsige, Militus 111
Uulfuuweardus 110
Wanley 127
Warelwast, Bishop William 119, 127
Wid 128
Wilhelmus, Bishop 123, 125
Wilhelmus, Count 123, 126
Wilhelmus, Viscount (Rufus) 123, 126
William I, King 121-6, 128
Wulfgarus, Militus 111
Wulfweard, Abbot 118
Wulfwerdus, Militus 111