From White's Devonshire Directory of 1850
SWIMBRIDGE, a large village, 5 miles E.SE. of Barnstaple, has in its parish
1746 souls, and 7061 acres of land, including the hamlets of Accot and
Newland, and many scattered farm-houses, &c., and several pleasant seat.
The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor; but John Nott, Esq., R.
Chichester, Esq., the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle, and several smaller
owners, have estates in the parish. In Risdon's time, there were some
remains of the manor house of Ernsborough, where that eminent civilian, Dr.
Cowell, was born, in 1554. The Church (St. James,) is a handsome structure,
with a tower, containing five bells, and crowned by a spire. A rich screen,
in fine preservation, divides the nave and chancel. The Dean of Exeter is
appropriator of the glebe (40A.) and the tithes, which were commuted, in
1848, for £850 per annum. He is also patron of the perpetual curacy, which
is annexed to that of Landkey, in the incumbency of the Rev. J. Russell,
who has £40 yearly from the tithes of the two parishes, and also an
augmentation from Queen Anne's Bounty. J. Nott, Esq., is lessee of the
tithes. There is a Baptist Chapel here. The Parish Lands, &c., comprise 116
acres and 18 houses, let for about £130 a year, of which £20 is applied in
repairing the church, £6 in schooling poor children, and the rest in
relieving poor parishioners. In the same trust, is a house for the sexton,
and a house and garden occupied by paupers. The poor have also the interest
of £40, left by three donors; and annuity of 20s., left by Charity Symons,
Berry Thomas, shoemaker
Burgess John, & Norman Hy. shoprs
Clatworthy Abraham, tailor
Darch Wm. vict. Travellers' Rest
Davy Wm. vict. Hare and Hounds
Eastman My. gentwmn. Yolland Hs
Galliford Richd. vict. Ring of Bells
Hole Wm., Esq. Hannaford House
Hurdon John, surgeon
Ley John, Post Office
Nott John, Esq. Bydown House
Russell Rev John, M.A., incumbent, Donniton House
Shapland Lieut. Henry, R.N.
Shapland Henry, mason
Smallridge John, vict. New Inn
Smith John, tanner, &c
(* are Owners.)
Baxter Sl. Accot
* Burden George
* Burden Geo. jun
* Hartnoll Eliz.
* Thorne George
* Thorne Wm.