Extracts relating to Swimbridge from 18th and 19th Century Newspapers
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London Gazette - Saturday, August 7, 1725
Certificates of Bankruptcy
Mary Houchins, alias Franklyn, late of Swimbridge, spinster
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, November 19, 1801
Stolen or Strayed, from Tower, in the Parish of Swimbridge, betwixt Barnstaple and Southmolton, a Black Gelding, of the Draught Kind, about 15 Hands high, a white Streak down his Face, except in the middle, where is a black Spot; three white Feet, short jointed, and his Mane and Taile have lately been trimm'd.
Whoever will give Information, foras the said Gelding may be had again, shall receive One Guinea Reward, and all reasonable Expenses, of MARY BRAYLEY, of Swimbridge aforesaid; but in Whoever's Custody he shall be found after this public Notice, they shall be prosecuted with the utmost Severity of the Law.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, August 4, 1803
Devon - To be Sold, a compact Freehold Estate called HOLE, lying in the Parish of Swimbridge, in the County of Devon, now in the Occupation of William Vickery; consisting of a good Dwelling-House, very convenient Outhouses, and about sixty Acres of good Land, great Part of which is watered Meadow, and about three Acres of Orchard, full planted.
The Estate is situated about 4 Miles from Barnstaple, and 4 from Southmolton - two good Market Towns, and near several good Lime-kilns.
For Sale whereof a Survey will be held at Gold Lion in Barnstaple, on Friday the Nineteenth Day of August next, at Five o'clock in the afternoon.
For further Particulars, apply to Mr Drake, Attorney, in Barnstaple aforesaid; and for viewing the Estate, to the Tenant.
Dated 23rd July 1803
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, August 1, 1805
Devonshire - To be Let, at a yearly rent, for the term of fourteen years from lady-day next, all that capital Messuage or farm called HEARSTON, situate in the parish of Swimbridge, in the County of Devon, and now in the occupation of Mr Christopher Vicary.
The premises consist of a very good dwelling house with convenient outhouses, and gardens adjoining, about three acres of orchards, now in their prime, and upwards of one hundred acres of arable, meadow, and pasture land, capable of great improvement, being situated about two miles from Bishop's Tawton lime kilns, on the navigable river Taw, four miles from Barnstaple, eight from Southmolton, twelve from Bideford and Torrington, all very good market towns.
For which purpose a survey will be held at the three tuns inn in Barnstaple, on Friday the second day of August next, at four o'clock in the afternoon.
N.B. For viewing the premises, apply to Mr Richard Moreman, at Hampston Farm, near the turnpike road adjoining the premises, and for further particulars to Mr Bremridge, in boutport street, Barnstaple.
Barnstaple, 15th July, 1805
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 19, 1805
List of Game Certificates issued on Deputations or Appointments of Game Keepers within the said county, from the 1st day of July, 1805, to the 10th day of September following, inclusive.
|Gamekeepers Name||By Whom Deputed||Manors and Lands|
|Pugsley John, yeoman, Swimbridge||Richard Incledon Bury, esq||Manor of Colleton in Chulmleigh, and all his|
|Lands in the parishes of Swimbridge, Lapford|
|Chawley and Winckleigh|
|Seccombe, Joseph, servant||Charles Chichester, esq.||Littlehampston, and other his lands in the|
|parishes of Bishopstawton and Swimbridge|
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, June 4, 1807
Run Away from his master, Mr John Bowden of Swimbridge, in the County of Devon, on Monday the 18th day of May last, John Philips, his parish apprentice. He is about 18 years of age, fair complexion, light hair, slender growth, and about 5 feet 7 inches high; wore away a brown cloth coat and waistcoat, and leather breeches. Whoever harbours or employs him, after this public notice, shall be prosecuted as the law directs
Dated Swimbridge, May 29th, 1807
Trewman's Exeter Flying post - Thursday, October 19, 1809
To be Let for the Term of 14 years, from Lady-day next, a Dwelling-House, with suitable outhouses, and about 140 acres of exceeding good arable meadow, pasture, and orchard land, parts and parcels of all those messuages and tenements, called
Torrdown, situate and lying in the parish of Swimbridge, in the county of Devon, lately occupied by James Nott, esq. deceased. These premises have been for a long period in the possession of the proprietors, are in full dressing, and a regular course of husbandry, and but six miles from the good market towns of Barnstaple and Southmolton.
For which purpose, a survey will be held at the Golden Lion Inn, in Barnstaple, on Thursday the 2nd day of November next, by four o'clock in the afternoon.
Apply for viewing the same, to the Hind at Tor Down House; and for further particulars, to James Pearse, attorney, Southmolton; or to James Pearse, jun. attorney, Registrar's Office, Barnstaple
Dated 10th October 1809.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 19, 1811
Game Duty - List of Persons who have obtained General Certificates, at the rate of three Guineas each for the year 1811, in the County of Devon
Northcott, Hugh, clerk, Swimbridge
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, May 7, 1812
George Davie of Swimbridge, Devon, was afflicted with the King's Evil or Scrophula in both legs, so as to be rendered incapable of following his labour for two years, during nine months of which period, he was confined to his bed: In this distressed situation, he had recourse to the best medical assistance the neighbourhood afforded, but without success; at length he was recommended to try Roberts Mediated Vegetable Water, and by taking three of the small bottles, he is now, under the blessing Providence, perfectly cured.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, April 15, 1813
To be Leased, for a term of 99 years, determinable on the deaths of three lives, to be named by the purchasers, with immediate possession, the undermentioned Estates, most desirably situated in the fertile parish of Swimbridge, near Barnstaple (viz)
Lot 1st - All that compact and truly desirable estate called or known by the name of West Moor, containing 83a 1r. 19p. late in the occupation of Mr Robert Zeal's executors.
Lot 2nd - All that truly commodious and well cultivated Farm, called or known by the name of Chuggaton, containing 19a. 2r. 34p late in the occupation of Mr Thomas Brayley.
The purchasers of these several lots will find a very desirable and improveable property, let at very old rents, and considerably under their real value.
For viewing the premises, apply to the tenants, and for further particulars to Mr John Cowell of Swimbridge aforesaid, where a plan of the estates may be seen.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 30, 1813
List of Persons who have obtained General Certificates at the rate of three Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Sixpence each, for the Year 1813
Joce, James, gentleman, Swimbridge
Ley, George, esq. Swimbridge
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, May 18, 1815
To be Sold in Fee, by Public Auction, the several Dwelling Houses, Gardens, Lands and Hereditaments, situate in or near the village of Swimbridge aforesaid, in the following lots;-
Lot 1 - Five Dwelling Houses and Gardens, lying at the lower end of Swimbridge village, in the possession of Wm Lock and others. This lot will be sold either together or in several lots, as may suit the convenience of the purchasers.
Lot 2 - The Lamb and Flag Inn together with the Gardens, Stable, Brewhouse, Courtlage, and other convenient offices; and a Field, called the Sand Park; containing about two acres and two rodds.
Lot 3 - A Dwelling-House, Gardens, Stable or Slaughter-house, and other outhouses; late in the possession of James Stribling, and may be purchased with lot 2
Lot 4 - A Dwelling-House, with convenient Outhouses, Orchard and Gardens, in the possession of Henry Warring; together with a Field, called the North Bestridge; the whole about four acres.
Lot 5 - All that Field, called the South Bestridge, containing about six acres and half. This lot, and the former, may be sold either together, or divided.
N.B. there is a very good Lime-Rock, on South Bestridge. Part of the above premises is well calculated for a Farmer, Maltster, Butcher, or for carrying on the Woollen Business; a never-failing stream of water running thro' the same. The premises are situated about four miles from Barnstaple, and seven from Southmolton.
For selling the before-mentioned Houses, Lands and Hereditaments, a survey will be held at the Lamb and Flag Inn, in Swimbridge, on Monday the 26th of June next, by four o'clock in the afternoon. For viewing the premises apply to the said Henry Warring, who resides on part of the premises; and for further particulars, to Mr Berry, at Collacott, in Chittlehampton; Mr Roberts, or Mr Tanner, Solicitors, Barnstaple.
Dated 13th May, 1815
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, June 29, 1815
To be Sold by Auction, at the Golden Lion Inn, in Barnstaple, on Friday, the 11th day of July next, at the hour of five in the afternoon, all those very desirable Estates, situate and lying in the parish of Swimbridge, in the county of Devon, called Great and Little Stoford, now in the occupation of Mr William Dobb, as tenant thereof; containing about 100 acres of remarkably good arable, meadow, pasture, and orchard land; distant about 4 miles from lime kilns, 6 miles from Barnstaple, and 4 from Southmolton.
For viewing the premises, apply to the tenant; and for particulars to Mr Stephen Crocker, junior, at Bickington, in the parish of Fremington; or Mr Williams, solicitor, Barnstaple.
Dated June 17th, 1815.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 21, 1815
County of Devon - List of Persons who have obtained General Certificates, at the rate of Three Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Sixpence each for the year 1815
Ashplant, John - Swimbridge
Hartnoll, Philip, gentleman - Swimbridge
Leigh, George, Esq., - Swimbridge
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, May 15, 1828
Swimbridge, Devon - to be Sold, the Fee-Simple and Inheritance of all that capital Messuage, Tenement and Farm, called Stowford situate in the Parish of Swimbridge, in the County of Devon and now in the occupation of Thos. Seldon, as tenant thereof. The above Estate is situate about 6 miles from Barnstaple, and about 4 miles from Southmolton, both excellent market towns.
For Sale of the above Estate, a Survey will be held at the Gold Lion Inn, in the village of Chittlehampton on Wednesday, the 4th day of June next, by 4 o'clock in the Afternoon. For viewing the Premises, apply to the said Thomas Seldon, the tenant, who will shew the same; and for further particulars to Mr Wm. Burd, Solicitor, Okehampton.
Dated Okehampton, 6th May 1828.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, July 11, 1833
Death - At Yarnacott, parish of Swimbridge, Nancy, wife of Mr T Houle, yeoman.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, August 15, 1833
Death - At Marsh, in the parish of Swimbridge, on Wednesday last, Mr John Hartnoll, aged 28.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, November 27, 1834
Death - At Denniton, parish of Swimbridge, Mr John Nott, aged 69.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, March 4, 1847
Devon General Sessions - Sentences of Prisoners
John Rew, for stealing at Swimbridge, a quantity of coals, the property of John Bently, of Barnstaple (two weeks solitary)
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, July 19, 1849
Death - July 10 - at Keracott Cottage, Swimbridge, the residence of John Hundon, Esq., Miss Susanna Nott, aged 84 years
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, February 28, 1850
Mr William Hole, Hanaford, Swimbridge - Member of the Royal Agricultural Society of England
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, January 16, 1851
Barnstaple - Two inquests were held on Thursday last; before Alfred Drake, Esq., Borough coroner; the first on the body of William Fewings, aged 72. Deceased had been a farmer, residing at Swimbridge, but had failed. On Wednesday last he was brought before the magistrates on a summons, to show cause why he neglected to support his wife, it appearing he had the means. It seems the wife had for some years lived with him as servant, and a long arrear of wages were due to her, to settle which the old man married her, and took the debt as her marriage portion. As might be supposed such a marriage was not productive of much happiness, and for the last six months they have lived apart. At the hearing of the case before the magistrates the deceased was informed, that unless he contributed towards the support of his wife he must go to gaol. From the evidence taken before the coroner it appeared that deceased had for some time past been suffering from dropsy, but was sufficiently well to attend before the magistrates, and declared he had not the means to support his wife, and on being told he must pay 1s per week or go to gaol, he appeared to be greatly affected, and on going to a public-house near was taken ill and died. The jury returned the following very ridiculous verdict, that the deceased died suddenly, and at the time of his death was suffering from dropsy; and that from the evidence now produced, the jury are of opinion that his death was accelerated by a certain expression used at the county magistrates office yesterday, to the following effect - " you must either pay a shilling a week or go to gaol".
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 30, 1852
Game List - County of Devon
Persons who have obtained Game certificates for the year 1852
Shapland H. - Swimbridge
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, January 6, 1853
Death - December 28 at Southmolton, Mr William Poole, of that parish, to Miss Mary Vickery, of Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, January 20, 1853
Death - January 9 at Swimbridge, Mr William Huxtable, farmer, aged 75.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, May 26, 1853
Marriage - May 17 at Swimbridge, by the Rev. A. W. Loveband, Charles Burn Pickering, Esq., eldest son of the late Charles Pickering, Esq., of the H.E.I.C.S. to Mary Louisa, only daughter of the late George Cook, Esq., of Bideford.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, June 30 1853
North Devon - To be Sold by Auction (pursuant to a recent order of the High Court of Chancery, made in a suit of Badcock v. Thomas and others), by Mr Henry Ellis at the Gold Lion Hotel, Barnstaple, Devon, on Wednesday the 27th day of July next, at one o'clock in the afternoon precisely, the several desirable estates:
Lot 1 - In Swimbridge - A Freehold Estate called Two Deans otherwise Dean and Dean Head containing 213a. 2r. 31p. or thereabouts in the occupation of Mr Thomas Berry.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 29, 1853
Higher Hearstone Estate, Swimbridge, Devon
And within Two Miles of the North Devon Railway.
Desirable Investment - To be Sold, by Auction by Mr William Stribling, Auctioneer, at the Golden Lion Hotel, in Barnstaple, on Friday, the 21st day of October next, at Five o'clock in the Afternoon, on such conditions as will be then and there produced, (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract, of which due notice will be given) the Fee-simple and Inheritance of and in all that capital estate, called Higher Hearstone situate within a ring fence, and in the parish of Swimbridge; consisting of an excellent Farm House, with all convenient Farm Offices and Outbuildings. Two newly built Cottages, and 100a. 2r. 9p. of excellent Arable, Meadow, Pasture, Orchard Land, and Plantation, and number on the Rent Charge Apportionment Map of the Parish of Swimbridge, from 1660 to 1703 inclusively and consecutively.
The above Estate adjoins the Turnpike road leading from Barnstaple to Chittlehampton, and is 4 miles from the excellent Market Town of Barnstaple, and 8 Miles from Southmolton, and is in the occupation of Mr John Lee as tenant, exclusive of the Plantations containing about 5 Acres, which are in the occupation of the Owner. Lime of the best quality to be obtained within Two Miles of the property.
The Estate is capable of much improvement, and would be a most desirable site for the erection of a Mansion House and a Residential Proprietor.
The Property may be viewed by applying at the Farm House and for further particulars application may be made to Messrs. Bremridge, Toller and Savile, Solicitors, Proctors and Notary Public, Barnstaple, At whose Offices a Map of the Property can be seen.
Dated 21st September 1853.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, January 5, 1854
Death - December 25, at Swimbridge, aged 78, Miss E Shapland.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, January 26, 1854
Swimbridge - We understand that John Nott, Esq., of Swimbridge, has most kindly given to all the poor in receipt of parochial relief a week's pay in addition to the sum which they are receiving.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, February 16, 1854
Death - February 8, at Swimbridge, aged 62, Mr Matthew Dart, blacksmith, Newland, in that Parish.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, June 15, 1854
Death - June 4, at Bedford, aged 41, Emma Nott, relict of John Hurdon, Esq., of Swymbridge, surgeon, and only child of the late Rev. N. Dyer, incumbent of Swymbridge and Landkey.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, August 31, 1854
Swimbridge, Devon - Eligible Freehold Estate
To be Sold by Auction, by Messrs. A Manning and Son, Auctioneers, at the Golden Lion Hotel in Barnstaple, on Friday, the 15th day of September next at 3 o'clock in the Afternoon, the Fee-simple of the Riverton Estate, containing about 210 Acres either together or in the following lots viz.,
Lot 1 - Colleys Thorn, Dennis Ground, and other parts of the Riverton Estate, comprising a good Farm House, with Outhouses and Appendages, a cottage and Garden and about 189 Acres of Arable, Orchard, Meadow, Pasture and Wood Land.
Lot 2 - Riverton Mills, comprising the Dwelling House and Mills, Offices and Outhouses, and about 4 Acres of Land, subject to a Lease thereof, for a Term of Years, determinable on the deaths of 3 Persons, respectively aged 34, 32 and 22, now in the possession of Mr Philip Bryant.
Also certain parts of the Riverton Estate, adjoining the same, and comprising about 16 Acres of Arable and Pasture Land.
The above property is situated in the Parish of Swimbridge, about 5 miles from the good Market Town of Barnstaple, and from the North Devon Railway Terminus there, and except as to Riverton Mills and the Wood Lands, is now in the occupation of Mr Philip Squire.
The Land Tax has been redeemed.
For viewing the Property apply to the Tenants.
Particulars of Sale with Plan annexed may be had of the Auctioneers; at the Golden Lion Hotel, Barnstaple; or of Mr Winslow Jones, Solicitor, Exeter; or Messrs. Riccard and Son, Solicitors, Southmolton
Dated August 14th, 1854
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 14, 1854
Hartnoll v. Yeo - The Plaintiff is the church-warden of Swimbridge, and the defendant is an agriculturist living in the same parish. The action was to recover possession of a flute, which it was alleged belonged to the churchwarden. It appeared that the defendant was engaged to play the flute at the parish church, at a certain yearly salary, and that he had continued to attend although the rest of the choir had neglected so to do "from having a fall out amongst themselves". The defendant considered that he was nevertheless entitled to his salary, and therefore he retained the instrument in lieu thereof. The jealous tiff among the choir rendered an organic change necessary, and ultimately the instrumentalists discovered that their occupation was gone - the worthy incumbent had placed a "harmonia" in the church. This was considered an innovation by a portion of the choir, and they accordingly refused to give up the instruments. His Honour decided: that the flute must be restored to the Churchwarden, and if there were any legal demands the defendant had a remedy. The Rev. Mr Russell said that the defendant should be paid, because he had always attended; and the only reason for bringing the case before his Honour was to ascertain whether the other parties could retain the instruments.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, November 9, 1854
Swimbridge - The inhabitants of this village (which is situate about five miles from Barnstaple) are fond of a little railing. It appears that they have created among themselves an annual municipal election, which is always celebrated on the second day of the revel. They then elect a mayor, town clerk, aldermen, &c., and are content only when the village is designated a "borough", but whilst they are thus waggiably inclined they seem not to be without those genuine feelings of friendship and goodwill that smooth the rugged path of life. It has for some time past been known that Mr James Yeo, the miller, was going to emigrate; and as the time for his embarkation fast approaches, the inhabitants of Swimbridge (principally among the poorer class) entered into a subscription for the purpose of presenting Mr Yeo, with a remembrance. A sufficient sum was quickly raised and a half pint silver cup was purchased from Mr Gaydon, silversmith, of Barnstaple. The following inscription was engraved upon it: - "Presented to Mr James Yeo by the inhabitants of Swimbridge, November 3rd, 1854." In order to a little society an excellent supper was provided in a spacious room in the village, on Friday evening; and after the substantials had been fully discussed, the company began to enjoy themselves in a thorough English style. The 'Mayor' presided, and several of the other officials were also in attendance. The usual loyal and constitutional toasts having been gone through, his 'Worship' presented the cup to Mr Yeo, who, in returning thanks, adverted to the uniform kindness that he had always experienced at the hands of his neighbours, and assured the subscribers that the cup would be a solace to him in the distant land to which he and his family were going.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, May 3, 1855
Death - April 28, at Barnstaple, aged 46, Mr Henry Hartnoll, of Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, December 20, 1855
Sheep Stealing - Joseph Morris and John Surges, labourers, living at Swimbridge, underwent a further examination on Monday last on a charge of stealing a sheep from Mr Bremridge of that parish, on the 8th instant. A quantity of mutton in pickle had been discovered in the possession of the accused; but the evidence was not deemed entirely sufficient to warrant their committal, and they were again remanded.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, March 20th 1856
Death - March 11th, at Bydown, in Swimbridge, aged 51, John Nott, Esq., a magistrate for the county, and formerly Captain in the N. D. Yeomanry.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, April 10, 1856
Bydown, Swimbridge, North Devon
Important Sale of Pure North Devon Stock, Agricultural Implements, Dairy Utensils &c., &c., 77 Bullocks and Yearlings, 315 Couple of Ewes and Lambs, 123 Ewe and Wether Hoggerals and Rams, 21 Horses and Ponies, 12 Pigs.
Manning and Son have been favoured with instructions, from the Executors of the late J Nott Esq., to submit to Public competition, on Wednesday, the 16th of April next at Bydown, the whole of the Live Stock, Agricultural Implements, Raw Dairy Utensils &c., which will be removed from Rowley Estate, in the Parish of Paracombe, to Bydown for the convenience of Sale, the latter being a more central position; viz.,
Article goes on to list all the animals and equipment being sold.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 10, 1857
John Sturges, stealing wheat at Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, March 4, 1858
Death - February 28, at Swimbridge, after a few days illness, Ellen Maria, eldest child of the Rev. J. H. Morton, in the fifth year of her age.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, May 6, 1858
Birth - April 28, at Tordown, Swimbridge, the wife of the Rev. A. W. Loveband, of a daughter.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, May 27, 1858
Braunton Divisional Petty Sessions
Wm. Arnoll was summoned for assaulting Henry Hazlewood, of Swimbridge
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 2, 1858
Braunton Petty Sessions
William Radley, of Swimbridge, for selling cider without a license, had the minimum penalty of £5 imposed upon him - the magistrates stating that they would endeavour to get that sum reduced to fifty shillings: it transpired that the defendant had previously indulged in the illegal practice of selling cider, and the Inland Revenue officers were therefore on the alert.
For neglecting to have his name painted on a cart, Mr John Smith, of Swimbridge, tanner, was fined 1s and expenses.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 9, 1858
Swimbridge, North Devon - Valuable freehold Estates for Sale - Mr Manning will Sell, by Public Auction (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract, of which due notice will be given) at the Golden Lion Hotel, In Barnstaple, on Friday, the 15th day of October next, at Two o'clock in the Afternoon, the Fee-Simple and Inheritance of and in all those very desirable and well-known Messuages, Tenements, Farms and Lands, called East and West Kerscott, Bydown, Riverton, East Downs, Oat Close, Farthing Lake, Bow Moor, Possession and Knowl Wood, containing in the whole about 280 Acres of first-rate Arable, Meadow, Pasture, Orchard and Wood Lands, situate in the Parish of Swimbridge, in the county of Devon, now in the respective occupations of Messrs. George S Burden, J Burden, William Huxtable and others.
The Property will be offered in the following or such other Lots as may be determined on at the Sale, viz:-
Lot 1 - All those two excellent Estates called East and West Kerscott, together with the Tenement, called Riveton East Downs, and two Fields or Closes of Land, called Oat Close and Farthing Lake, and two undivided fifth parts of Kerscott Hill, comprising two desirable Farm Houses, with all convenient Outbuildings and Offices, and 197a. 2r. 12p of Land (be the same more or less) now in the occupation of the said Mr George S Burden, as yearly Tenant thereof. It is believed there is a valuable vein of Limestone passing through this Lot.
Lot 2 - All that desirable Messuage, Tenement, and Farm, called Bydown, comprising an excellent House and Offices, with about 49 Acres of Land, of which the greater portion is Grazing Land, now in the occupation of Messrs. John Burden and George S Burden respectively, as yearly Tenants. This Lot is very desirably situate, with a south aspect, and the House is well adapted for the residence of a genteel family.
Lot 3 - All that excellent Messuage, Tenement and Farm called Bow Moor, consisting of a good farm House and Out buildings with 14a. 2r. 8p of Land now in the occupation of the said William Huxtable, as Tenant for a term of years, which may be determined at Lady-day 1861.
Lot 4 - All that Tenement, called Knowl Wood, comprising about 24a. 1r. 22p of Land, including 19 Cottages and Gardens or Orchards. This Lot will be sold subject to certain leases affecting certain parts thereof, the details of which will appear in the particulars of Sale.
Lot 5 - All that Cottage or Dwelling House, Garden, Orchard and Field, called Possession, comprising 1a. 1r. 17p., now in the occupation of William Sanders, as Tenant thereof.
This Property is most deserving the attention of capitalists and others desiring to make eligible investments, the land being in excellent condition, having for the most part been farmed for some years by one of the proprietors. It is situate on the Turnpike-road leading from Barnstaple to South Molton, being five miles from the former and six miles from the latter town. It possesses great natural advantages as regards situation, soil, climate, proximity to lime kilns, water, &c.
For viewing the same, application may be made to Mr George S Burden, Kerscott, Swimbridge, and for particulars, either to him, Mr Manning of Barnstaple, the Auctioneer; Messrs. Lock and Sons, Land Agents, Instow; Mr Thomas Hooper, Law Solicitor, Barnstaple; or Mr Edward Strick, Solicitor, Swansea.
Dated Barnstaple, 7th September 1858
Particulars with plans, may be had at the Golden Lion Hotel, Barnstaple, the George Inn, South Molton; the New Inn, Bideford; the Globe Inn, Torrington; and Pratt's London Inn, Exeter.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 23, 1858
To Capitalists - To be Let, by Private Contract, all those extensive Quarries and Kilns, known by the name of Marsh Quarries, situate in the parish of Swimbridge, North Devon. The present occupier is desirous to let the above extensive Quarries for the remainder of a term of fourteen or twenty-one years, four of which will have expired at Christmas next. The quarry abounds with an inexhaustible supply of lime-stone, of the best quality, commanding an extensive demand in the district. The whoe workings are replete with steam-engine, water-wheels, tram-roads, wagons, hauling and pumping machinery, (which has been created within the last three years) and every necessary gear for the raising of a large quantity of material.
The premises can be viewed and all applications are to be made to Mr William Hartnoll, Swimbridge, near Barnstaple.
Barnstaple, September 8th, 1858.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, October 21, 1858
Bishopstawton, Landkey and Swymbridge Agricultural Society
Prizes awarded included:-
Class 1 - Ploughmen, the furrow not less than five inches deep - First prize £1 10s to John Elston, ploughman to Mr Peter Huxtable, Swimbridge; Fourth, 15s. to Edmund Balman, ploughman to Mr John Balman, Swimbridge; Fifth, 10s to William Warren, ploughman to Mr John Warren, Swimbridge.
Youths, under eighteen years of age, the furrow not less than five inches deep. First prize, £1 5s to Jeremiah Dunn, ploughboy to Mr Josiah Dunn, Swimbridge.
Plough on the ground for general purposes (respect being had to the lightest draft) whether shewn by maker or not, £1 to Mr Peter Huxtable of Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, December 16, 1858
Braunton Divisional Sessions - December 8th
Thomas Down, of Swimbridge, was summoned for assaulting Policeman Hunt. It seems that a number of boys were amusing themselves in the village of Swimbridge on a previous Sunday - the police-officer interfered, and the lads demurred. The defendant, who was the chief aggressor, was fined 10s.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, January 13, 1859
Birth - January 1, at Stowford Villa, Swimbridge, the wife of Wm. Buncombe, Esq., a daughter.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, February 24, 1859
Mr Thomas Tuplin, a farmer, of West Buckland, applied for a warrant for the restoration of some property which he had purchased at a sale. He had lodged the same in a house in Landkey or Swimbridge - the house had been broken open, and the articles had been removed. The Magistrates sought a more extensive acquaintance with the circumstances of the case; but the applicant appeared exceedingly loth to divulge. However, Mr Lionel Bencraft threw a little light upon the subject. He stated that the goods in question had been seized by the officers of the Barnstaple County Court, and Mr Tuplin could if he felt so disposed get an interpleader summons. It will perhaps be remembered that at the recent County Court at Barnstaple, an action was brought by Mrs Tolley against Mr Cook for a breach of covenant, which had reference to the West Hurscott Estate, Swimbridge. At the trial Mr Tuplin cut a conspicuous figure in favour of the defendant, against whom the jury returned a verdict of £50 damages. Previous to the trial Cook had a sale, and Mr Tuplin was a purchaser; but it has since transpired that Mr Tuplin has unlawfully got possession of the property which he had deposited in the house. The application was consequently refused.
Wm. Delbridge and William Gratton were charged with feloniously removing a quantity of dung from a field, into which it had been placed by one Joseph Moon of Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, March 3, 1859
Copy of Returns, West of England and South Wales District Bank
Yeo, Mary - Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, spinster
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, March 24, 1859
Death - at Stowford Villa, Swimbridge, in this county, Annie, the beloved wife of William Buncombe, Esq.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, June 2, 1859
Bath and West of England Society
Devon Cattle - Mr George S Burden, of Kerscott, Swimbridge
Ponies - Mr James Yeo, of Bydown, Swimbridge
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, June 2, 1859
Braunton Divisional Petty Session, May 25th
William Palmer, a labourer, of Swimbridge, was fined £2, including the expenses for assaulting Policeman Hunt whilst in the execution of his duty. The defendant and his wife appear to have disagreed whilst in the road, but the policeman interposed. They then went into their own house and locked the front door; a few minutes afterwards a cry of 'Murder' was heard issuing from the house, and the police offer entered it by the back door. Palmer considered this an obstruction, and he gave Hunt some stroking proofs of his resentment. It was contended that the policeman's interference was unnecessary; and it was stated that the cry of 'Murder' came from the wife's sister, whose toe had been stepped upon by the defendant. Palmer (for whom Mr Incledon Bencraft appeared) was likewise fined 5s. with 6s. expenses, for being drunk.
Nicholas Snell of Swimbridge, John Huxtable of Instow, and John Bowden of Pilton, were fined 5s. each with expenses for being drunk.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, June 16, 1859
Barnstaple County Court
William Ridd v. William Smith - these persons reside at Swimbridge Newland. The claim was for 18s. 9d - balance due for rent. They seem to have jointly taken a house for one year; but before the term had expired the defendant quitted his apartments. Mr Peard, for the defendant, contended that his client had been ordered to leave the house, and was therefore justified in refusing to pay the rent for premises he had not occupied; but the defendant's statement was denied. His Honour gave judgment for the amount claimed, and allowed the plaintiff 5s expenses.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, August 11, 1859
Braunton Divisional Petty Sessions
Richard Tucker, a servant to a miller, of Landkey, was summoned for trespassing upon lands belonging to Mr Wm. Westacott, of Swimbridge on the 7th July. Mr Incledon Bencraft appeared for the defendant. The offence was very clearly proved by the complainant's son, who stated that he heard a report of a gun, and on going into a field, called Hangman's Hill, he discovered the defendant in a horizontal position. Finding himself detected the defendant became remarkably agreeable: he insisted upon the witness's trying his capital gun, and afterwards gave the lad a rabbit not to impeach him. In extenuation of the offence, it was alleged that Tucker had had the permission of a farmer, whose lands adjoin Mr Westacott's and that the defendant did not know he had wandered out of the legitimate bounds. He was likewise fined £1 with the expenses.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 1, 1859
Barnstaple - Another Suicide by Hanging - Mr J. H. Toller, the deputy coroner, held an inquest on Thursday, at Swimbridge upon the body of Henry Crocker, a farmer, who was eighty years old. On the morning preceding the inquest the deceased went to Landkey Newland Mill for the purpose of getting some corn ground, and after his return he laid his head upon the table. His wife asked if he wasn't going to have some dinner, but he made no reply. On returning to the house some two hours afterwards the wife found her husband in his bedroom - apparently upon his knees, as if in prayer; but on a closer examination she found that one end of his neckerchief was fastened round his neck and the other fixed to the bedstead. The medical testimony went to prove that the poor old man must have been dead when he was discovered upon his knees; but his wife thought the contrary. The deceased was supposed to be labouring under inflammation of the membranes of the brain, which must have caused an excruciating pain. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased hung himself whilst in an unsound state of mind.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, September 8, 1859
Braunton Divisional Petty Sessions - August 31st.
Grace Tamlyn, the wife of a labourer, living at Swimbridge, had to pay 16s 2d - the value of the fruit, the fine, and the expenses - for stealing on the 26th of August, twenty-seven apples from the orchard of Mary Burgess. The defendant admitted the charge: she said she couldn't help it as she was longing for the apples. She was detected by one of the county constabulary.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, October 13, 1859
At the County Magistrates' office, on Friday, before the Rev. John Pyke, James Kingdon was charged with being found in an outhouse at Swimbridge, on the preceding day; and was committed to the county gaol for two months - hard labour.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, December 15, 1859
George Crosscombe and John Arnold were fined 5s. each, with the expenses, for suffering their horses and carts to remain for nearly two hours outside the Coach and Horses Inn, at Swimbridge, on the 25th of November. The Defendants stated that the landlord promised to remain by their horses during the time they were taking refreshments; but mine host did not appear to prove the case for his customers.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, December 29, 1859
Braunton Divisional Petty Sessions, Dec. 21st.
Richard Watts, a mason, of Swimbridge, was find 3s. with the expenses for being drunk on the night of the 8th of December.
William Southcombe and George Mullings, of Swimbridge, were fined 5s. each, with the expenses, for driving their carts furiously through the village of Landkey on the 10th instant. Southcombe declared that his 'hoss, shied as he came to the policeman's door, and then set off at a little trat, but diden go var at that paze'. Mullings denied that he was driving fast, but admitted riding in the cart. The Policeman said it appeared to him that they were racing at the time.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, January 5, 1860
Mr J. H. Toller, deputy-coroner, held an inquest at Bond's New Inn, Swimbridge, on Tuesday week. Upon the body of William Courtenay, who was thirty-three years of age. The deceased was in the employ of Mr George Burden, of Kerscott Barton, in the aforesaid parish; and on the preceding day, whilst returning with a load of tiles, he is supposed to have fallen from the vehicle and injured his neck. He was soon afterwards discovered in the road speechless, but he died shortly after his removal.
Verdict - Accidental death.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Thursday, January 25, 1860
Braunton Divisional Petty Sessions
John Verney, of Swimbridge, was summoned for not having his Christian name in full upon his cart. It might be remembered that some six weeks since the present defendant's brother, James Verney, of Landkey, was summoned for intrusting a horse and cart to a boy under thirteen years of age. The name upon the cart was 'J Verney, Swimbridge', and in defence James declared that the vehicle belonged to his brother John. Consequently the case was dismissed; but the Rev. J. Arthur, who is chairman to the Barnstaple turnpike Trustees, and was on the bench at the time, intimated that in consequence of the defence set up by the defendant he had rendered his brother John liable to a penalty of £5 for not having his Christian name in full upon his cart. The policeman, who had in the meantime procured some additional evidence as to his former charge against James Verney, again summoned him to appear at the succeeding fortnightly meeting of the Magistrates: but Mr Incledon Bencraft, for the defendant , then contended that as the Bench had already dismissed the case they could not reopen it. The Magistrates yielded to Mr Bencraft's interpretation of the law and the case of course fell to the ground.
The Bristol Mercury - Saturday, February 18, 1860
Bank Returns - West of England Bank
Dester, Catherine - Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, Devon, spinster
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, February 22, 1860
Braunton Divisional Petty Sessions
Thomas Jury, of Fremington, and William Ward, a hawker of tea, of Swimbridge, were each fined 5s. with the expenses, for being drunk.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, March 28, 1860
Death - March 19, at Swimbridge, Mrs Brayley, aged 83
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, April 18, 1860
Marriage - Mr Richard Kingdon, Duke-street, Southmolton, to Miss M Dunn, of Stowford Farm, Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, May 23, 1860
Marriage - May 17th by the Rev. John Russell, B. A. assisted by the Rev. Richard Martin, B.A. Edward, youngest son of the late Chas. Battersby, Esq., of Liverpool, to Anna, eldest daughter of John Smyth, Esq., of Swimbridge, near Barnstaple.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, September 26, 1860
On Thursday, the Mayor and Magistrates fined John Isaac 6d. with 7s. expenses for leaving a wagon and two horses unattended for two hours in the road near the Infirmary. On the preceding Tuesday the defendant, who was in the employ of Mr Daniel Isaac, a farmer, of Swimbridge, went to Remington for some lime: on his return to Barnstaple he became suddenly inspired with martial zeal, and he left the wagon in the road whilst he enlisted in the 64th Regiment.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, November 21, 1860
Thatching - (amateurs) The first prize, 15s. awarded to John Brailey, in the service of Mr Thomas Yeo, of Dinnaton, Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, January 16, 1861
John Snell v. Nicholas Hoyle - Claim for £1. two years' rent of a linhay, occupied in part by the defendant under the plaintiff at Swimbridge; but upon the evidence of the witness that it was so occupied, under a mutual arrangement, judgment was given for the defendant. Upon a cross summons Hoyle sued Snell for 16s. 6d. for shop goods - a claim which was admitted.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, June 5, 1861
Barnstaple - Death from Excessive Drinking. William Millward, aged seventy-one, living as bind with Mrs Buckingham, of Landkey, was found dead in bed on Monday morning. Millward was a man of most intemperate habits. At the inquest held on Tuesday, by Mr Toller, Mr Jackman, surgeon of Swimbridge, stated that the deceased died from congestion of the brain, produced by heavy drinking, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, August 14, 1861
Barnstaple - A Dishonest Servant
William Bolt, servant to the Rev. John Russell, of Swimbridge, underwent an examination yesterday before Mr Budd upon the charge of stealing a small bag and 9lbs of flour, from his master. On the preceding morning the gardener (Thos. Fairchild) went into the tallet over the shippen for a little straw, on taking out some from the rack, he discovered a small bag containing flour; he put it back in the same place, and subsequently policeman Hunt was apprised of the circumstance. Hunt hid himself away in the tallet, and after he had been there some six hours (it being then ten at night) Bolt came and took away the bag. The policeman's 'hollup! What be about here?' startled Bolt and he most expeditiously bolted, dropping the bag at the time; but Hunt was equally nimble, and on capturing him the prisoner said it was Russell's bag, but he had purchased the flour of somebody - keeping the name of that 'somebody' to himself, though the Rev. Mr Russell, with that kindness of heart which characterises him, offered to forgive Bolt if he told the truth. The bag was clearly identified as being Mr Russell's property, and the flour found in the bag corresponded with that kept in a cask behind the kitchen door. When the prisoner was being removed from his master's house he threw a bundle over to the cook, saying 'here, Ann, take care of my clothes'; after he had gone Ann looked to see what the bundle contained and the 'clothes' turned out to be a quantity of peas and beans, which had doubtless been stolen from Mr Russell's garden. The prisoner has a wife and two children who live in a cottage belonging to Mr Russell. Bolt was remanded till the 28th instant - the next petty sessions day.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, April 9, 1862
Braunton Divisional Petty Sessions - April 2nd
Edward Jones and Mark Webber were fined 5s each, with the expenses, for being drunk at Swimbridge.
Thomas Yeo, of Swimbridge, was fined 6d., with the expenses, for firing off a gun in the turnpike-road. The defendant declared that he merely discharged the gun to prevent mischief.
William Dart of Swimbridge, was fined 2s. 6d. with the expenses, for leaving some manure on the turnpike-road.
Jackson's Oxford Journal - Saturday, May 10, 1862
April 22nd, at Swimbridge Church, Devon, the Rev. Matthew Lowndes, Vicar of Buckfastleigh, Devon, to Harriette Eliza, daughter of J. G. Maxwell, Esq., of Bydown House, near Barnstaple.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, July 16, 1862
Barnstaple County Court, July 8
William Yeo v. Margaret Gammon - Mr I. Bencraft for the plaintiff, who lives at Stone farm, Swymbridge; and Mr J. T. Shapland, of Southmolton, for the defendant, sister-in-law to Mr John Sexon, landlord of the Stone Cross Inn, Swimbridge, in which house the defendant lives. On the 30th of May the plaintiff 's wife saw her husband's pigs feeding on a waste near the Stone Cross Inn, and presently she observed the defendant striking the pigs with a pitchfork. Mrs Yeo came out of the house and asked 'what harm the pigs had done her?'. Margaret replied, 'A good deal'; but did not specify the injury. On examining the pigs it was discovered that three of them had been wounded as if by a pick; and to compensate for the injury thus done the animals, a claim of £1 was made. (a portion of the text is unreadable due to damage) The defendant denied ever striking the plaintiff's pigs, but the evidence was not in her favour, and his Honour gave judgment for 10s, with costs.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, June 24, 1863
Death - June 11th, suddenly, at Swimbridge, Barnstaple, Frederick Edward Grisewood, Esq., aged 44.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, September 9, 1863
The London Gazette announces that the Queen has granted a license permitting John Nott Pyke, son of the Rev. John Pyke of Parracombe, to assume the surname of Nott, in compliance with the will of his uncle, John Nott, Esq., late of Bydon-house, Swimbridge.
Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle - Saturday, February 20, 1864
Bankers' Returns, National Provincial Bank of England
East, Mrs Elizabeth, Dennington Barton, Swimbridge
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, August 10, 1864
Swimbridge National School (Mixed)
Wanted, at Michaelmas next, a Certificated Master, Salary £60 per annum, without house. Address, the School Managers, Swimbridge, Barnstaple.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, November 30, 1864
Death - November 19, at Kerscott, Swymbridge, near Barnstaple, George Stanbury Burden, Esq., aged 55.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, January 11, 1865
Swimbridge - Isaac Yeo, 26, in the employ of Messrs. Smith, curriers and leather dealers, was taken suddenly ill one evening whilst conveying a bundle of leather from the stores to an omnibus. He dropped the leather and exclaimed 'Oh!, I feel very poorly,' and was a corpse a few minutes afterwards. He had suffered from palpitation of the heart, and death was attributed to that cause.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, September 6, 1865
Barnstaple County Magistrates
On the application of Jane Darch, of Swimbridge Newland, an order was made against Mark Webber, for the payment of
1s. 6d. a week towards the maintenance of her child.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, October 11, 1865
Swimbridge, Devon - To be Let, by Tender, from Ladyday next, all that desirable Farm, called East Stowford now and for many years past in the occupation of Mr Daniel Isaacs and Mr Carder Watts, consisting of a good dwelling house and all necessary outbuildings, and 112 acres (more or less) of superior orchard, arable, meadow, and pasture land. This estate is situate adjoining the turnpike road at Puddlepool Gate; about three miles from the Umberleigh Station, on the North Devon Railway; five from Southmolton, and eight from Barnstaple.
For viewing apply to the Tenant, on the Premises, where there is a map and particulars of the estate; and for all further particulars and to see the conditions of letting, at the office of Mr Pitts Tucker, Solicitor, Barnstaple, to whom Tenders should be sent on or before Saturday the, 21st day of October next
Dated, September 27th, 1865
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, November 15, 1865
Chulmleigh - The magistrates had several cases before them on Wednesday - Robert Reed was charged with stealing wearing apparel from Charles Beacham. These men lodged together at Swimbridge, and one morning Reed stealthily walked off with clothes (valued at 30s) from Beacham. The theft was soon discovered, the police were quickly told of it, and the next day Reed was apprehended in a cottage at Kingsnympton with the missing articles in his possession. He pleaded guilty and was sent to gaol for six weeks.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, October 3, 1866
Barnstaple - The County petty session was held on Wednesday. Richard Yeo for assaulting Mr Henry Martin, farmer of Swimbridge, was fined 10s. with the expenses.
Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle - Saturday, October 6, 1866
Thomas Bond of Swimbridge, was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment, with hard labour for absenting himself from his masters' service without leave.
The Bristol Mercury - Saturday, April 27, 1867
Marriage - April 22nd, at the parish church, Swimbridge, North Devon, by the Rev. John Russell, Mr Thomas Williets of Cotham-road, Bristol, to Nora, eldest daughter of Mr T Stone, of Tree, Swimbridge.
Liverpool Mercury - Monday, July 15, 1867
Isaac, Daniel, Swimbridge, Devonshire, innkeeper.
The Leeds Mercury - Tuesday, June 2, 1868
Five Bullocks Killed by Lightning - Mr Burden of Kerscott farm, Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, had five young bullocks, worth £10 each, killed by lightning during the storm on Friday morning. It is supposed they had gone under a tree for shelter, and whilst there the lightning rent the trunk of the tree from top to bottom, at the same time killing the cattle. The animals were found partly covered with the boughs of the fallen tree, they were much scorched, and death appeared to have been instantaneous. Throughout North Devon from three to five o'clock the flashes of lightning were almost incessant, and the peals of thunder very loud. There was a heavy downfall of rain which did much good throughout the district.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, October 7, 1868
Committee for Promoting the Election of Rt. Hon. Sir Stafford H Northcote, Bart and John W Walrond esq., M.P., to represent the above division in Parliament
Buncombe, Mr William - Swimbridge
Hartnoll, Mr Thomas - Swimbridge
Loveband, Rev. A. W. - Swimbridge
Nott, Rev. Richard - Swimbridge
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, January 27, 1869
Early Seed Potatoes
The Ash Leaf Kidney Potatoes may be had at Mr Hartnoll's, Newland, Swimbridge, North Devon.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, February 3, 1869
Barnstaple - John Bond, butcher, of Swimbridge, was before the county Magistrates on Wednesday at the instance of Mr Superintendent Cunningham, who stated that he visited the defendant's shop on the 23rd January. Bond's wife was serving a customer, and at the time she took the meat off the scale she unhitched an iron ring the same side of the scale. Witness asked her for what she had taken off and she said she had taken nothing. Witness took the ring from her and put it again on the scale, when the balance was 1 1/2 oz. against the buyer on a pound. Witness added that he never brought a clearer case of fraud before the magistrates. Defendant was fined 50s. with the expenses.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, August 18, 1869
Barnstaple - Betsy Summerwill was find 1s. with the costs, for assaulting Harriet Beer, of Swimbridge.
Jackson's Oxford Journal - Saturday, September 4, 1869
Fatal Gun Accident to an Undergraduate - As Mr James Nott-Pyke, of Parracombe, Devon, and late a member of Exeter College, Oxford, was rabbit shooting, on Monday last, with a young gentleman, a few miles from Barnstable, he was accidentally shot in the groin by his friend, from the effects of which he died on the following morning. The deceased, who was 24 year s of age, was the second son of the late Rector of Parracombe, and brother of Mr J. N. Pyke-Nott, of Bydown House, Swimbridge, near Barnstable, a large landowner in North Devon. Mr Pyke was patron of the Living, and Lord of the Manor of Parracombe.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, May 18, 1870
Death - May 10, at Yeoland House, Swimbridge, Mary, relict of Christopher Eastman, Esq., aged 80.
The Pall Mall Gazette, London - Tuesday, February 21, 1871
Mr Huxtable, a farmer of Swimbridge, North Devon, was loading a double barrelled gun, when it accidentally went off, the charge entering Mr Huxtable's head. He died shortly afterwards.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, October 11, 1871
Marriage - October 4, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Barnstaple, Mr Wm. Thorne, to Miss Mary Tucker, both of Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, November 22, 1871
Marriage - November 12, at Barnstaple, Mr E Houle, of Bishops-tawton, to Miss M. L. Huxtable, of Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, August 5, 1874
Country Gentleman's Residence, Swimbridge, North Devon. To Be Let, from Michaelmas next, for a Term of Three, Five, or Seven Years - Stowford House consisting of two sitting rooms, entrance hall, kitchens, and all necessary offices, seven bed rooms, coach house, stables, walled garden well stocked, orchard and meadow land, with the exclusive right of shooting over 200 acres, now and for many years past in the occupation of Captain Ponsford, situate in the parish of Swimbridge, about three miles from Umberleigh Station, London and South Western Railway, and the same distance from Swimbridge Station, Devon and Somerset Railway. For viewing and all further particulars apply to Mr Harris, at Stowford Barton; or Mr Pitts Tucker, Solicitor, Barnstaple.
Dated Barnstaple, 25th, July 1874
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, September 16, 1874
Barnstaple - At the County Petty Sessions on Wednesday John Gammon, labourer, of Swimbridge, was charged with assaulting P.C. Priest while in the execution of his duty, on the 31st of August. Mr Thorne appeared for the defendant, and stated that there was a cross-summons against the officer, and as all witnesses on behalf of Gammon had not appeared, he would ask the Bench to adjourn the both Cases until the next sessions. The Bench refused the application. P.C. Priest was then sworn, and stated that on the day in question he was at the Trevellers' Rest, and from information he received he went to Walker's Corner, where he saw about twenty or thirty men. Two of them were fighting, one of them having off his coat. He parted them and persuaded them to go home, but a little further on in the road there were two more men fighting, with a great number of men around them. Witness then spoke to them and was in the act of parting them when the defendant struck him a blow on the side of the head, and laid hold of him by the coat and began to kick him, at the same swearing at him. There were five or six other men kicking him as well; they got him in the hedge, the defendant shouting, 'Kill him'. Witness then called two men to assist him, but the men still continued to kick him. He drew his staff and struck the defendant two or three times. He also struck two other men who were kicking him. After a little while all the men made off with the exception of defendant; who, on being asked for his name, by the witness, gave that of John Hutchings. Henry Shapland said on the day in question he was at the Travellers' Rest, near which place he saw the defendant and the policeman. They were clutching each other, and there were some men around kicking the complainant. William Arnold, farmer, was also at the same place and saw the policeman being kicked by some men, but would not swear that defendant was one of them. Henry Holland was called for the defence, and said that when he came on the scene the policeman was holding Gammon down. There were several people round doing nothing. Defendant and the constable got up, and Gammon went down the road, the policeman following him, and knocking him into the hedge with his staff. Defendant got up again and the constable then shoved him along. James Stapleton also stated his belief that the constable was the person who committed the assault. The Bench considered the defendant had committed a very serious assault on the policeman, and fined him £5 with the expenses, or two months' imprisonment. They intimated that but for his being a young man they should have imprisoned him. He was also ordered to pay 6s. for damage done to the complainant's coat. Mr Thorne stated that as the Bench had refused to hear both cases together or to adjourn them, he should withdraw the cross-summons against the policeman, but should take proceedings in another Court against him for what he believed to be a most unwarrantable assault. The Magistrates, however, considered that as the summons had been taken out, it was their duty, if Mr Thorne tendered no evidence, to dismiss the case, which they did accordingly, Mr Thorne remarking that he doubted their power to dismiss it under such circumstances.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, December2, 1874
Swimbridge - A farmer's son, named Rudd, was accidentally strangled at Swimbridge on Friday. He put the hoisting chain of a mill round his neck and touched the spring of the driving gear, when he was jerked up and strangled. An inquest was held at Yendacott Farm, the residence of the deceased's father on Saturday, when the jury returned an open verdict.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, January 13, 1875
Swimbridge - The mortal remains of Penelope, wife of the Rev. John Russell, the highly esteemed Vicar of Swimbridge, were on Thursday last interred in the parish churchyard.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, May 10, 1876
Barnstaple Divisional Petty
William Arnold of Swimbridge, was charged with furious driving, and with being drunk, on the 29th ult. Colonel Russell proved the drunkenness. Defendant was fined 50s. and the costs, or in default two months' imprisonment.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post, Wednesday, March 21, 1877
Marriage - March 14, at Swymbridge Church, Mr George Warren to Mary Eleanor, daughter of the late Mr Wm. Squire, of Yarmacott Farm, Swymbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, October 17, 1877
Marriage - October 8, at the Parish Church, Swimbridge, W. J. Lake, Inland Revenue Officer, Southmolton, to Eliza Ann, daughter of the late Thomas Stone, Tree Farm, Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, January 2, 1878
Marriage - December 27, at Southmolton Church, Mr S Gerry, of Swimbridge, to Miss F Sanders, Southmolton.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, March 26, 1879
Death - March 18, at Swimbridge, Mary, widow of Mr Wm. Keal, aged 60.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, June 30, 1880
Devon Midsummer Sessions
Prisoners committed for trial.
George Taylor, schoolboy, housebreaking, and stealing one cotton pocket-handkerchief and about one pound's weight of biscuits.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, July 7, 1880
The Grand Jury ignored the bill against George Taylor, 12, schoolboy (imp.) charged with housebreaking and stealing a cotton pocket handkerchief and about one pound of biscuits at Swimbridge.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday, August 8, 1883
Swimbridge - The marriage of R. Lewis Hole, Esq., only son of W. Hole, Esq., of Hannaford, and Miss Lucy Ann Ford, niece and adopted daughter of Captain Ponsford, of Newland House, Landkey, was solemnised in the parish church on Wednesday. The service was read by the curate of the parish, Rev. W. Vere Stead, who was assisted by Rev. E. G. Sandford, Vicar of Landkey. The bridesmaids were Miss Nellie Ogilvie, Miss Battersby, and Miss Lizzie Vellacott. The great attraction in the breakfast was the large bridecake, which was supplied by Mr Brooks, Barnstaple. The guests included Mrs and Miss Ogilvie, Dr R. Budd, Mr. Mrs and Miss Vellacott, Rev. W. and Mrs Vere Stead, Mr and Mrs C. Chichester, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Toller, Rev. J. Bradford, Mr J and Miss Smyth, Mr and Mrs. Burden, Miss Battersby, Mr Crooke, Mr Barfoot, Mr and Mrs W. Smyth, Miss Mary Smyth, Rev. W. T. Loveband, Miss Harfield, Mr and Mrs J. Harper, Miss Sandford, and Rev. E. G. Sandford. Triumphal arches were erected in the village, and the wedding presents were numerous and handsome.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Friday, August 23, 1889
Death - Priscott - August 17 at Gunn, Swimbridge, the wife of Mr Richard Priscott, aged 59.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Friday, October 4, 1889
Fatal Results from Frightening - A few days ago two lads, one of whom is named Darch, were riding on a horse at Swimbridge, near Barnstaple, when they met a girl, aged eleven, called Martha Lock. The child was known to be slightly affected in her mind, and the lads shouted to her that they would ride over her. She became frightened and ran into the hedge, and slipping fell down close to the horse. She then ran away home in a very nervous and excited state, in which she continued until yesterday, when she expired.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - Saturday, August 15, 1891
Death - Conibear - August 10th, at Swimbridge, John Conibear, jun., aged 20.