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Landkey 1850


               From White's Devonshire Directory of 1850

LANDKEY is a village and parish, 2½ miles E.S.E. of Barnstaple, 
containing 774 souls, and 3510 acres of land. The trustees of the late Lord 
Rolle are lords of one manor, and the Duke of Bedford owns the other, which 
was anciently held by the Beaples, and afterwards by the Lorings, but part 
of the parish belongs to Miss Budd and other proprietors. Acland is a farm 
belonging to Sir T.D. Acland, and was the original seat of his ancient 
family. The Church (Trinity,) has a fine tower and six bells, and contains 
several monuments, one of which has recumbent effigies of Sir Arthur Acland 
and his lady, who died in 1610. There was formerly a Chapel of St. Mary at 
Herford. The Dean of Exeter is appropriator of the tithes and patron of the 
perpetual curacy, rated in K.B at £20, and in 1831 at £179, with that of 
Swimbridge annexed to it, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Russell. The 
tithes were commuted in 1846 for £450. After the death of the present Dean, 
they will pass to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The Wesleyans have a 
chapel here. The Parish Land and Houses have been vested for the poor from 
an early period, and are worth about £60, but are let for only £36. 18s. 7 
½d. per annum, in consideration of fines paid by the lessees. Out of the 
income £8 is applied in aid of the school, and the rest is divided among 
the poor, together with the interest of £100, which arose from fines and 
gifts. The poor have also the following yearly sums:- 52s. left by Sir John 
Acland in 1616; 26s. left by Hugh Acland in 1620; 52s. left by Frances Bear 
in 1730; and 40s. left by Rd. Squire in 1735.

Cook Thos. & Lewis Ann, shopkprs
Gaydon Wm. & Dallin Geo. smiths
Smyth Henry, shoemaker

Darch Wm.   
Davey Wm.  
Hoar Samuel 
Kemp Wm.

Bell George
Blake Jno. Acland
Bryant Pp. Pill 
Bryant Thomas 
Buckingham Ths. 
Buckingham W. 
Buckingham William, jun 
Ching John
Crocker John
Gammon Thos. 
Jones Ann
Pugsley G. Herfd 
Smith John
Tucker Richard 
Vickery Richard

Brian Randell, 26 Aug 1999