White's Devonshire Directory of 1850


Transcribed by Sheila Jones

(E-mail: sheila.jones[at]liverpool.ac[dot]uk)

MEMBURY, 4 miles N. by W. of Axminster, is a scattered village and parish on gentle acclivities, bounded by the Yarty rivulet and the borders of Dorsetshire. It comprises 886 souls, and 4089 acres of land, including Furley and Longbridge hamlets, and many scattered farmhouses, &c. It has a cattle fair on August 10th. The Deans and Canons of the Royal Free Chapel of St. George the Martyr, at Windsor Castle, are lords of the manor, which they have held since 1474, previous to which it had been given by Robt. de Chandos to Goldcliffe Priory, which became a cell to Bec Abbey in Normandy. They have here a number of copyhold tenants. Lord Sidmouth, Robert Davy, Esq., Mrs. Festing, and Samuel Newbery, Esq., have freehold estates here. The latter has a pleasant seat called Goodman's, and is owner of Yarty, an old farmhouse, lately the property of the Earl of Lovelace, and anciently the seat of the Yarty and Frye families. Membury has long been annexed ecclesiastically as a parochial chapelry to Axminster, its tithes and curacy being in the same patronage, incumbency, and appopraition (See page 358.) The Parsonage, occupied by the curate, is a new stone-built cottage; and the tithes were commuted in 1840, the vicarial for £336, and the rectorial for £264, 16s. per annum. The CHURCH (St. John the Baptist,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells. It contains several monuments of the Frye and other families, and its burial ground was consecrated in 1316. The poor parishioners have 1½ A. of land purchased with £40, left by Robert and Francis Frye. They also have a yearly rent-charge of 13s. 4d., given by an unknown donor out of Ridge farm.

Bowdage James, vict. Bridge Inn
Burnett Rev Richd. Perry, curate
Davy John, vict. Red Lion
Harris Mr S.
Matthews Thos. clk
Newbery Samuel, Esq., Goodman's
Staple Robt. malster Rock House
Bazley James
Collins John
Welch Jered
Wellington Rd.
Bere W., Yartyfd
Bradley Ann
Brown Robert, Callenger
Coles Thomas
Denston Wm.
Francis Chas.
Harvey Rt. & Jph.
Harvey Wm.
Jennings John
Marks Sar.
Newton Peter
Nwebery Saml. jun. Yarty
Parris John
Pearce John, Waterhouse
Pearce Wm.
Perham Thos.
Pope Thomas
Roberts Charles, Godworthy
Smith John
Smith Charles
Stone John
Walkley Henry
Wyatt Jas. T.
Wyatt Js. Castle
Case Mary
Fry John
Matthew Geo.
Symes Samuel
Denston John
Harris Charles

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Brian Randell, 24 Aug 2002