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HARFORD

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"HARFORD, a parish and township in the hundred of Ermington, county Devon, 2¼ miles N.W. of Ivybridge, and 14 S.E. of Tavistock. It is a small village, situated at the head of the river Erme, near the South Devon railway. There is a paper-mill in the township. The soil is chiefly clay, and the subsoil gravel. The principal crops are corn and roots. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £210. The church is a small ancient structure with a square tower containing three bells. The interior contains a brass to T. Williams, who was Speaker of the House of Commons, and a monument to the Prideaux family. There is a chapel for the Independents. Harford Hall, now a farmhouse, was once the residence of the Duchess of Kingston. Stowford, an ancient residence, is the seat of H. Rivers, Esq., who is lord of the manor and chief landowner."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003