Shirwell 1850


    From William White's Gazetteer & Directory of Devon 1850

    Transcribed by John Bishop

Slightly abridged, indicated  by..............., names in inverted commas 
after a person's name refer to houses or farms.
This type of bracket {} is a modern note.
This type of bracket () is in the original

The village which gives its name to the Hundred is 4 miles NE by N of
Barnstaple & has 686 souls, 4762 acres of land Sir Arthur Chichester, Bart,
whose Baronetcy was created in 1641 is lord of the manor & owner of most of
the soil. And has a handsome seat here called "Youlston Park" which one of
his ancestors obtained  by marrying the heiress of the Beaumonts in the
reign of Henry VII.
He is patron of the rectory valued in KB at £30-3s-11½d and in 1831 at
£472.  The Rev. R.J. Beadon MA is the incumbant & has 85 a. of glebe.The
Church (St Peter) is  a neat structure & contains several memorials of the
Chichesters. ........ {Sir Francis Chichester, round-the-world yachtsman 
is buried to one side of the door}....... The poor have the interest of 
£56-10s given by various donors.

Beadon, Rev. Rd. John    MA       "Rectory"
Chichester, Sir Arthur, Bart.     "Youlston Park"
Gregg, Thomas.                     Smith   "Post Office"
Kidwell, George.                   Shopkeeper
Kidwell, James.                    Shoemaker
Parkins, John                      Vict, "Old Inn"
Robins, Samuel.                    Machine maker
Smith, Richard.    Victular       "Cross Inn"
Symonds, John                      Tailor.


Alford, Wm.
Bagster, Wm.
Copp, John
Combeer, Wm.
Davey,  George. 
Delve, John
Drake,  Charles
Ford,  John
Fry,  John
Kingdom, Wm.
Parminter, Thos.
Prescott, Wm.
Quance, Mary.
Richards, Lewis
Stevens, John
Stoles, Wm.
Yeo, Wm.

Brian Randell, 10 Dec 2008