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Transcribed by Lindsey Withers

SOUTH-MOLTON is a market and corporate town and parish, giving name to the hundred in which it lies; 181 miles from London, 54 from Plymouth, 27 from Exeter, and 11 from Barnstaple; pleasantly situated on the west side of the beautiful river Mole, which is crossed by a bridge of three arches, and which falls into the Taw about six miles to the south.  From the Mole the town derives its name; and the river is supposed to be so called from the Latin word "mollis," signifying the soft quality of its water.  The stream abounds with the finest trout, and is available in giving motion to mills in the manufacturing of woollen goods, as also to the turning several grist-mills.  The town enjoys the benefit of a charter granted by Queen Elizabeth, and a further one by Charles II, under which the corporation enjoy many valuable privileges.  It is governed by a mayor (elected annually by the corporate body), two serjeants at mace, a town crier, and a certain number of constables.  In the guild-hall, which is a commodious building of Portland stone, are held the general quarter sessions for the town and borough, the corporation being the lords of the borough.

The parish church of St. Thomas, which is situated at the north of the market-place, is a very fine gothic structure, and the cemetery in which it stands is also much admired; the living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the dean and canons of Windsor, and enjoyed at present by the Rev. Wm. Toms.  The other places for divine worship are those belonging to the independent and Wesleyan methodists, who have each a meeting-house.  Here is a public school for the teaching boys writing and arithmetic; and another, called 'the blue-coat school,' for the education and clothing of 70 poor children of either sex:  both of these charities were founded and endowed by Hugh Squire, Esq. of London; the corporation for the time being are the trustees.  The vicinity of the Moltons boasts many beautiful prospects, and some fine elevations, commanding luxuriant views, enriched by some noble seats:  amongst others, the most attractive are, 'Lockerham house,' the residence of Robert Harding, Esq. upon a pleasing eminence; 'Castle Hill,' the charming seat of the Earl Fortescue:  the house is a noble edifice, surrounded by a fine park, stocked with deer; the grounds have been much improved of late years, and the country around is truly delightful.  The market-days at South Molton are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - the latter is the principal one, and is well supplied with all articles of domestic consumption.  The fairs are, the Wednesday before the 22nd of June, and Wednesday after the 26th August, for cattle, corn, &c. &c.  The parish contained, by the parliamentary returns of 1821, 3,314 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE, Duke-street, Ann Tapp, Post Mistress. - Letters from LONDON arrive every evening at a quarter-past seven, and are despatched every morning at twenty minutes past seven. - Letters from FALMOUTH and all parts of the West arrive (by horse-post) from Chulmleigh every evening at a quarter-past nine, and are despatched to that town every evening at a quarter-past four.

Acland Ths. Palmer, esq. Little Bray
Allen Miss Peggy, town's end
Anthony Mrs. Barnstaple st
Bailey John, gent. Town's end
Benson Rev. Peter, Broad st
Blackmore Rev. John, Charles
Bligh Rev. Reginald, Buckland
Bragg Mrs. Ann, King st
Burgess Jno. gent. Ford down house
Bury Mrs. Swimbridge
Carter roger, gent. town house
Carter Wm. gent. Honiton house
Chichester Rev. Rbt. Chittlehampton
Cole Richard, gent. King st
Cook Mrs. Mary, East st
Dunn James, gent. Little Hele
Dunn John, gent. South st
Dunn William, gent. South st
Ebrington the Right Honourable Viscount, M.P. Castle hill
Fortescue the Honourable George, M.P. Castle hill
Fortescue the Hon. Rev. John, Castle hill
Fortescue the Right Honourable Earl, Castle hill
Gay Miss Elizabeth, East st
Gay Miss Mary, East st
Gould Miss Elizabeth, South st
Harding Robert, esq. Cockerham
Hodgkin Rev. John, North Molton
Hosegood Mrs Hanh. Nadder Cotge
Huxtable John, gent. Narracot house
Johnson Mrs Mary, South st
Knight John, esq. Timon's bath
Meddan Mrs Ann, Cottage content
Melhuish Rev. Charles, East st
Mundy Rev. Matt. George Nympton
Nott Thomas, gent. East st
Pollock Mrs Eleanor, Duke st
Portbury John, gent. East st
Salter Mrs Susan, South st
Sanger John, esq. Whitechapel house, Bishop's Nympton
Smith Richard, gent. Duke st
Southcombe Mrs Jane, Broad st
Stawell Rev. Wm. Mogridge, Broad st
Tanner Rev. Robt. King's Nympton
Tapp Lieut Wm. R.N. East st
Thorne John, esq. South st
Thorne John, gent. East st
Thorne Rev. Jos. Bishop's Nympton
Thorne Rev. Michael, South st
Thorne Rev. Wm. Grulstone house
Trevor Rev. James E. Barnstaple st
Trix Mrs. Sarah, South st
Trix William, gent. Great Hele
At SOUTH MOLTON, when the town is not mentioned.
Not otherwise described are Day Schools.
BLUE COAT SCHOOL, Cockpit - Abraham Kingdon, master; Mary Nott, mistress
Coles Ann (ladies' boarding) Duke st
Cridge John, North Molton
Crute, Richard, South st
FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, East st - Rev. Charles Melhuish, master
FREE SCHOOL, East st - John Walters, master
Mildrum George B. Church yard
Powell Mary, Barnstaple st
Rossiter William (boarding and day) East st
Whimple Mary (ladies' boarding and day) East st
Binford William, Broad st
Byne Poyntz. King st
Harding Richard, Paradise square
Pearse James, Broad st
Pearse J. G. (&town clerk) Broad st
Riccard J. E. Jackson, Church yard
Southcombe Lewis, Broad st
Tanner William, Broad st
Manning Andrew, Town end
Rossiter, Henry, Broad st
Shapland Richard (& land surveyor), North Molton
Clark John, King st
Frayne Richard, North Molton
Hill William, North Molton
Latey Jas. (& confectioner), East st
Manley Richard, East st
Mardon John, East st
Nutt William, East st
Shapland Hannah, Town end
Squire Philip, North Molton
Vernon Jas. (& carpenter) south st
Westacott John, Exeter Inn yard
BARNSTAPLE OLD BANK, (branch of) Broad st - John Gillard, agent
SAVINGS' BANK (branch of the Devon and Exeter) South st - John Crute, agent - (open on Tuesdays and Saturdays)
Marked thus * are Whitesmiths.
Bird James, North Molton
*Buzacott James, Barnstaple st
*Buzacott John, East st
Comins James, Queen st
Gough William, North Molton
Moore Richard, South st
Oliver John, Barnstaple st
Oliver, William, East st
*Tepper Thomas, South st
Mills John, Broad st
Paramore William, Broad st
Tepper Amos, Broad st
Bird John, North Molton
Dalbridge William, North Molton
Hobbs William, East st
Huxtable Thomas, East st
Nutt James, East st
Thomas John, East st
Widgery Philip, South st
Widgery Wm. Baker's buildings
Avery John, North Molton
Cock George, South st
Cole William, East st
Collard Edward, North Molton
Dunn Edith, Barnstaple st
Fooke Richard, East st
Hitchcock John, South st
Jones Nancy, East st
Jones Thomas, East st
Manning Andrew, Town end
Widgery John, Town end
Widgery Philip, South st
Widgery Samuel, East st
Dunn John, King st
Kelly Richard, East st
Oram William, Broad st
Rossiter Henry, Broad st
Smyth James, Church lane
Callacott John, East st
Callacott John, jun. King st
Callacott Joshua, Church lane
Bentley John, Barnstaple st
Crute John, South st
Dunn Ann, East st
Dunn John, East st
Reed William, South st
Bragg Richard, Broad st
Southcomb William, Broad st
Tanner Samuel, Broad st
Thorne Samuel, Queen st
ALBION, Lewis Southcombe, Broad st
ATLAS, Amos Tepper, Broad st
BRITISH, Robt. Huxtable, Broad st
GLOBE, Richard Tepper, Broad st
GUARDIAN, Henry Ball, Queen st
NORWICH UNION, J. E. Jackson Riccard, Church yard
ROYAL EXCHANGE, Wm. Paramore, Broad st
SUN, Samuel Widgery, King st
WEST OF ENGLAND, Christopher Pearce, East st
(See also Linen Drapers and also Shopkeepers, &c.)
Gillard and Son, Broad st
Lock Mary (& draper) South st
Manley Hugh, South st
Mills John, Broad st
Tanner Samuel, Broad st
Thorne William, High st
Widgery Samuel, King st
Badcock John, East st
Burgess John, South st
Marshall John, Church lane
George, Wm. Chorley, Broad st
White Hart, Jane Marsh, East st
Buzacott John, East st
Powell Lewis, South st
Thorne William, High st
Widgery Elkanah, Broad st
Baker Henry, East st
Baker Thomas, Baker's buildings
Baker Thos. jun. Baker's buildings
Burgess Henry, North Molton
Burgess John, North Molton
Cock John, South st
Dunn Richard, South st
Hatch John, Causeway
Morris John, South st
Richards Jas. (& builder) East st
Tout Thomas, East st
Brown John, Broad st
Coombe Henry (linen) Broad st
Dyer Peter, East st
Hartnoll Philip (and grocer) King st
Hitchcock Wm. & George, King st
Huxtable Robert, Broad st
Paramore William, Broad st
Pearce Samuel (and grocer) South st
Thomas Grace (linen) South st
Trawin Mary (and grocer) East st
Trix Hugh, Broad st
Avery John, North Molton
Cole George, South st
Cole William, North Molton
Dunn John, East st
Dyer Peter, East st
Hooper, Francis, East st
Shapland Elizabeth, Duke st
Stoneman William, North Molton
Thorne Michael, South st
Collacott William, Duke st
Dadds William, South st
Gould John, North Molton
Gould William, North Molton
Kingdon William, East st
Nott John, East st
Roberts William, North Molton
Buzacott Sarah, East st
Greenslade Eliz. (dress maker) East st
Huxtable Elizabeth & Sarah, South st
Seaward and Smyth, South st
Tapp Sarah and Harriet, King st
Pearce Samuel, South st
Rowland Thomas, Church yard
Pearce Christopher, East st
Perry John, East st
Powell Lewis (& plumber) South st
Prescott John (& plumber) East st
Rendle William, North Molton
Rowland Thomas, Church yard
Quick William, East st
Rowcliffe John, Broad st
Dunn James, Broad st
Packer John, South st
Tepper Richard, Broad st
Thorne Roger, Broad st
Turner Price, East st
Abbott Robert, North Molton
Tapp Philip, East st
Tepper James, Barnstaple st
Trawin James, East st
Bater James, East st
Frayne John, North Molton
Tepper James, Broad st
Thorne Alice, North Molton
Tuckett William, Barnstaple st
Westcott John, North Molton.
Bishop Jane, Barnstaple st
Dunn Mary Ann, South st
Gunn Emily, East st
Tapp Sarah & Harriet, King st
Brown Thomas, Broad st
Cutcliffe John Elworthy, Broad st
Empson William, North Molton
Flexman William, Duke st
Furse Robert, South st
Hole William, East st
Southcomb William, Broad st
Venn & Harding, East st
Trant William (road) South st
Woolcott Wm. (& engineer) South st
Cockings William, North Molton
Conibear William, East st
Huxtable William, Barnstaple st
Odam George, East st
Pearce Philip (& draper) East st
Rumbelow Jno. (& draper) Queen st
Rumbelow William, Duke st
Sheppard George, Broad st
Thorne Michael, North Molton
Westcott John, North Molton
Willmets William, East st
Abbott Robert, North Molton
Gillard & Son, Broad st
Lock Thomas, North Molton
Thorne George, Broad st
Anchor, George Cole, South st
Bampfylde Arms, John Avery, North Molton
Barnstaple Inn, James Mountjoy, Barnstaple street
Castle, Thomas Lock, North Molton
Exeter Inn, John Hill, South st
Fortescue Arms, Wm. Gillard, Broad st
Golden Lion, William Fry, South st
Half Moon, William Shapcott, South st
Hare and Hounds, Jas. Alexander, East st
King's  Arms, Jas Croacombe, North Molton
King's Arms, James Dunn, King st
New Inn, John Wonnacott, South st
North Country Inn, Squire Badcock, Town end
Red Cow, Wm. Bright, Passmore, East st
Red Lion, Wm. Barnes, Barnstaple st
Ring of Bells, Mary Tout, Duke st
Rose & Crown, Henry Searle, South st
Somerset Inn, John Frayne, North Molton
Stag's Head, Peter Newton, South st
Star, Michael Dunn, East st
Swan, John Westcott, North Molton
Tiverton Inn, Wm. Bowden, East st
Town Arms, William Bright, East st
Unicorn, Joseph Miller, Queen st
Kingdon Oliver, South st
Sanders James, South st
Webb James, South st
Trawin Henry, East st
Widgery Elkanah, Broad st
Passmore William Bright, Duke st
Roberts John, South st
Bradford Philip, South st
Lyddon William, Broad st
Tepper Joshua, Broad st
Lang Thomas, North Molton
Moor Henry, South st
Smith William, North Molton
Taylor William, East st
Bawden and Co. South Molton
Hitchcock William, East st
Maunder James, HEASLEY MILLS, North Molton
Maunder Wm. & Son, South Molton & at Morchard Bishop
Abbott Henry, North Molton
Abbott John, North Molton
Kingdon John, Causeway
Pearce Samuel, South st
Stoneman William, North Molton
Tapp Philip, East st
Bartlett Richard, rope &c. mkr. South st
Berry William, basket maker, East st
Gould Nicholas, conveyancer, &c. East st
Letherby Wm. turner & patternmkr. East st
Norrish Rbt. easting house keeper, South st
Smith Richard, miller, North Molton
Smyth William, tanner, East st
Tepper George, governor of the gaol and music seller, East st
Tepper William, brick maker, South st
Thorne William Mules, pawnbroker and draper, East st.
To LONDON, the Royal Mail (from Barnstaple) calls at the George Inn, every morning at seven; goes through Bampton, Wiveliscombe, Taunton and Bristol - and the North Devon Telegraph, calls at the George Inn, every morning at nine; goes through Tiverton, Wellington, Taunton & Salisbury.
To BARNSTAPLE, the Royal Mail (from London) calls at the George Inn, every evening at seven, and the North Devon Telegraph, every evening at four - and the Freemason (from Bristol) calls at the White Hart Inn, every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday morning at eight.
To BRISTOL, the Freemason (from Barnstaple) calls at the White Hart Inn, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at twelve; goes thro' Tiverton, Taunton and Bridgwater.
to EXETER, the North Devon, from the George Inn, every morning at nine, except Sunday, when it starts at twelve; goes through Tiverton, Wellington and Taunton.
To LONDON, Whitemarsh's (late Brown and Brice's) Fly Vans and Waggons, from the White Hart Inn, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
To BARNSTAPLE, Jas. Chapple, from South st. and William Shapland, from Church gate, daily - William Heal, from the Unicorn, every Monday, Thursday and Saturday - Thomas Seldon, from the Red Lion, and - Whitemarsh, from the White hart Inn, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - John Baker, jun. from Mill st. every Friday - and John Baker, sen. from Mill st. Monday and Friday, in each alternate week.
To BIDEFORD, William heal from the Unicorn, every Tuesday.
To EXETER, James Chapple, from South st every Monday & Thursday - Thomas Seldon, from the Red Lion, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - and Thomas Prescott, from his house, North Molton, every Mon.
To PLYMOUTH, John Baker, sen. from Mill st. every alternate Monday.
To TIVERTON, John Baker, jun. from Mill st. every Wednesday and Saturday.