[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003
"HOLSWORTHY, a parish, post and market town, in the hundred of Black Torrington, county Devon, 8 miles E. of Stratton, 14 W. of Hatherleigh, and 18 S.W. of Bideford. The parish is situated between two branches of the river Tamar, or Dur, and is intersected by the Bude canal. The town, approached at its S. entrance by a bridge erected in 1832, is at present of little importance, except for its markets and fairs, chiefly for agricultural produce. It is a polling-place for the N. division of the county. A portgreve with other officers, are elected annually at the court leet and baron. Petty sessions are held on the third Thursday of every month, and special sessions for larceny, &c., on every Wednesday; also a county court on Friday. The commissioners of the land, assessed, and income taxes hold their meetings at the White Hart hotel. The workhouse is a new building. The Poor-law Union comprises 19 parishes, 17 being in the county of Devon. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £1,000. The church, dedicated to SS. Peter and Paul, has a lofty tower containing eight bells. There are several charities, one of them being £25 for five poor persons who have not received parochial relief. There is a National school, also one for the Wesleyans. The Bible Christians, Independents, and Wesleyans, have places of worship, the last body having four chapels within the parish. The Right Hon. Earl Stanhope is lord of the manor. The weekly market for corn and cattle is held every Wednesday, and the general markets on the Wednesday after Candlemas-Day, and the first Wednesday in November. Fairs are held on the 27th April, 9th and two following days of July, and on the 2nd October."
"CHASLY, a village in the parish of Holsworthy, in the county of Devon, 1 mile from Holsworthy."
"CHILSWORTHY, a village in the parish of Holsworthy, in the county of Devon, 1 mile from Holsworthy."
"STADDON, a village in the parish of Holsworthy, county Devon, near Holsworthy."