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                              SWIMBRIDGE               From White's Devonshire Directory of 1850SWIMBRIDGE, 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, in 1665.Berry Thomas, shoemakerBurgess John, & Norman Hy. shoprsClatworthy Abraham, tailorDarch Wm. vict. Travellers' RestDavy Wm. vict. Hare and HoundsEastman My. gentwmn. Yolland HsGalliford Richd. vict. Ring of BellsHole Wm., Esq. Hannaford HouseHurdon John, surgeonLey John, Post OfficeNott John, Esq. Bydown HouseRussell Rev John, M.A., incumbent, Donniton HouseShapland Lieut. Henry, R.N.Shapland Henry, masonSmallridge John, vict. New InnSmith John, tanner, &c   BLACKSMITHS.Dallin JohnDunn HenryHarris RobertVickery JohnYeo Samuel   BEERHOUSES. Baker Hmphy. Bawden Robert    CARPENTERS, &c. Chapple John Featherstone Sl. Warren George    FARMERS     (* are Owners.)Baxter Sl. Accot Berry Wm.Brayley John * Burden George* Burden Geo. jun Geen George * Hartnoll Eliz.Hartnoll Jane Hartnoll Thos. Huxtable Wm. Martin Alex.Place MartinPunchard John Richards John Shapland John * Thorne George * Thorne Wm.Willis RichardYeo James
Brian Randell, 26 Aug 1999