Billings' Directory 1857

Provided by Michael Wright

Petrockstow is a village and parish, about 4 miles N.N.W. from Hatherleigh, and about 14 miles W. from the Eggisford Station of the North Devon Railway; the parish contains 4,000 acres of land, including 1360 of open moor, and the deer park of Heanton Sachville, 136 acres, where the ancient mansion was burnt down, as noticed in the parish of Huish; the population in 1851 was 574, being a decrease since the previous census of 42, which decrease is ascribed to emigration, arising from the difficulty in obtaining employment; Hatherleigh is the polling-place, and the number of voters in 1857 was 1

Petrockstow or Patrickstow, in short Padstow, formerly belonged to the Abbey of Buckfastleigh; the manor is now the property of Lord Clinton,

The church is an ancient fabric, with square tower, containing five bells; it has nave, chancel, north and south aisles; it also has a beautiful stained glass window, and several handsome monuments to the Rolle and other families. The living is a rectory. Rev. Louis Woolcombe, M.A., Rector; Mr. John Luxton, clerk, who has held the office for sixty-five years.

The WESLEYANS and BIBLE CHRISTIANS have chapels here, supplied by Circuit Preachers.

The PARISH SCHOOL was built by lord Clinton in 1842, at a cost of £700. Number of children 20. Ann Bisset, Mistress.

The Poor have £2 per annum , left by various donors

Cann Mr. Stephen, Pose Cottage Mills Wiliam, farmer, Hall Barton
Woolcombe Rev. Louis M.A. Rector, Rectory Palmer Richard, farmer Zeal
Adams Richard, tanner Thomas Rockhey, farmer, Ash
Bird Sammuel, blacksmith Saunders Robert, farmer, South Hill
Bond William, farmer, Thorne Seldom William, mason
Bonifant John, farmer, Little Marland Selevant Joshua, Wheelwright
Brook Arthur, farmer, Westacott Shute William, victualler, White Hart
Darke John, farmer, Buttstone Small James, farmer, mason, and shopkeeper,
Darke William, farmer, Nethertown and Chilsdon North Town
Daw Samuel, mason Smail Mary, farmer, Rose Cottage
Dicker John, thatcher Stapledon Philip, farmer, Denford's
Falconer William, farmer, Heale Straton John, farmer, Brightmanshay
Freeman William, farmer, Foxhill Summerhayes Richard, farmer, Town Farm
Gill James, carpenter Tanton William, farmer, Hook
Hooper Thomas, farmer, Heanton Barton William Trace, shoe maker and Sub-Postmaster
Langdon John Brown, farmer, Hallwood Tucker Philip, wheelwright
Luxton Hugh, carpenter Visset George, shoe maker, North Town
Luxton J., blacksmith and Parish Clerk, North Town       Vivian James, farmer, Berry
Lane Thomas, shoe maker Wadland Henry, farmer, Hasland
Mills George, tailor Williams Richard, farmer, Martin's Tenement
Mills John, tailor  

POST OFFICE.--William Trace, Sub-Master. Arrival, 11 a.m.; despatch, 3 p.m.

Nearest Money Order Office, Hatherleigh.

Brian Randell, 31 Aug 2002