Kelly's Directory of Holcombe Rogus (1866)

Transcribed by

Richard Farmer

Holcombe Rogus is a parish and village, 8½ miles north-east-by-east from Tiverton, and 6 west-south-west from Wellington, in the Northern division of the county, Bampton hundred, Wellington union and county court district, rural deanery of Tiverton and archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter. The church of All Saints is a plain building, having a porch, and square castellated tower containing 5 bells: the interior consists of nave, three aisles, transept, chancel, and gallery: there are several full-length figures in stone, and handsome monuments of the Bluet family. The register dates from 1540. The living is a vicarage, commuted at £300, with residence and 1½ acres of Glebe land, in the gift of the Rev. William Rayer, and held by the Rev. Wm.Wills, M.A., of Wadham college, Oxford, instituted 1824. There is a school for boys and girls and this parish has the privilege of sending one boy to Uffculme Free Grammar school. Holcombe Court, now the property of the Rev.William Rayer (who is lord of the manor and chief landowner), is a fine old mansion, with large reception hall, and has been thoroughly repaired and restored. The soil is clayey; the subsoil, gravely. The population in 1861 was 704; the acreage is 3,021.

Parish Clerk, Thomas Scott

Letters through Wellington (Somerset), which is the nearest money order office, arrive at 9.30 a.m.; dispatched at 3.p.m.;
School, Miss Sarah Coleman, mistress Carrier,--John Bailey, from his own house, to Tiverton Tuesday; to Wellington Thursday; to Taunton Saturday.


Baxter Mrs
Baxter Mr. William
Grigg Nathaniel Batt, esq.
Hewitt Mr
Rayer Rev. William, Holcombe Court
Talbot Mrs, Pear Close
Wills Rev.William M.A. Vicarage


Bailey John, carrier & coal & salt merchant
Bowerman James, carpenter & builder

Bowerman Robert, builder & beer retlr
Brown Mark, farmer Westend
Channings Thomas, farmer
Clarke Charles, shoe maker & beer retlr
Cork John, farmer
Davy Thomas, butcher
Dobie Francis, farmer
Elworthy William, malster and brewer
Farrant Elizbth.(Mrs), farmer, Knowle
Fry William, smith
Greenslade Stephen, farmer
Grigg Nathaniel Batt surgeon, &
medical officer to 5th district of
Wellington union
Hellings Charles, farmer
Hill John, farmer
May William, blacksmith, Whipcott
Merson Thomas, farmer, Kitton Barton
Norrish Thomas, tailor
Pool Philip, tailor
Russell Henry, farmer & lime merchant
Salter John, farmer, Higher Bessley
Saunders Henry, farmer
Scott James, turner
Seal Henry, carpenter & joiner
Seal Walter, grocer
Sharland Peter, grocer and draper
Sprague Jessie, baker
Sulley Robert, grocer and draper
Tooze John, cooper & assistant overseer
Townsend John, farmer, Wiseburrow frm
Trevellian john, wheelwright
Tristram James, farmer, Lower Bessley
Tristram Thomas, wheelwright
Vicary James, dairyman & wheelwright
Warren John, chair maker
Warren William & Edwin, chair makers
Webber William, farmer
White Mark, farmer, Freathingcott farm
Wright Jessie, New Inn & butcher
Wright Samuel, smith
Yellen James, builder & contractor

Brian Randell, 5 Aug 2005