Harris of Wortham and Pickwell

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913. p. 256.


J.F. Chanter

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Note supplements records of the Harris family submitted by the author earlier in this volume. Pickwell manor was owned by John Harris who was the Member of Parliament for Barnstaple in the mid-19th century. During the Victorian era it was owned by the Hole family who paid for much of the Victorian restoration of St George's church in Georgeham. The church contains a "Pickwell chapel" dating from 1762. The manor lies between the village of Georgeham and the coast above Woolacombe and Putsborough beach. 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.

Note 182. HARRIS OF WORTHAM AND PICKWELL (VII., par. 95, p. 120). - Since my answer to this query (VII., par. 31, p. 178) I have come across in my notes some further references to this family. They were a branch of Harris of Hayne. John Harris married April 10th, 1673, at Georgeham, Dorothy Hancock — their son William Harris, bap. Oct. 27, 1678, married Honor, d. of Arscott Bickford, at Bradford, 12 Feb. 1699. Pickwell came to Harris from the Newcourts; the connection, I think, was from marriage of Toby Newcourt with Mary Harris and of John Newcourt and Marie Harris on Jan. 23, 1615, and there was also a relationship of both Harris and Newcourt with Hext. The Newcourts were also connected with the Arundels - so the manor of Godrevy may also have come to Harris through the Newcourts. Wm. Newcourt devised all his property to John Harris of Wortham, 20 June, 1666.
                          J. F. CHANTER.