Harberton 1870

Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer 1870

Transcribed By Sybil CAMERON

Checked by Val HENDERSON, former OPC

Pages 508-510

HARBERTON is a village and parish in Totnes union, containing, by the census of 1861, 1221 inhabitants, and 5755 acres; in the deanery and archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Coleridge, East Devonshire; 2 ½ miles south-west from Totnes. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Robert Bartholomew, B.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1847, at £535 per annum, with residence and 74 acres of glebe, and is in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, who are also appropriators of the rectorial tithes, which were commuted at £400 per annum. The church is a fine ancient edifice, in the Decorated style, with noble tower containing six bells; in the interior is a handsome octagon stone pulpit, with figures of the Apostles carved on the sides. There is a National School for children of both sexes. There are 11 houses and cottages with gardens, and 18 acres of land, producing about £48 per annum, which is expended in the service of the church, in lieu of church rates, and in the repairs of the schoolhouse. William Huxham, in 1630, left a blacksmith’s shop, orchard, and garden, which produce £8 per annum, the proceeds to be applied for the benefit of the poor. There are almshouses for ten poor people, which were erected under the trusts of the will of Henry Wyse, about 1680. There are also other small charitable bequests for the benefit of the poor. Here is a rock of trapstone, so hard as to resist the power of the mason’s chisel. The manorial rights are the property of the various freeholders.

HARBERTONFORD is a hamlet of this parish, which was formed into a separate ecclesiastical district in 1860. The church is a neat edifice, dedicated to St. Peter, and was erected in 1859. The living is a vicarage, valued at £170 per annum, with residence, in the incumbency of the Rev. Alexander Popham Luscombe, B.A., and the patronage of the Vicar of Harberton. There is a National School for children of both sexes, which was erected in 1859, and the Independents have a place of worship here. The extensive tool manufactory of Messrs. Knapman and Son is situate at Hill Mills, and there is a small woollen factory, both of which are on the banks of the River Harbourn. There is also a slate quarry here.

BELSFORD, LUSCOMBE, EAST and WEST LEIGH, and ENGLEBOUNE *, are hamlets forming part and parcel of this parish.

Clergy and Gentry.

Bartholomew Rev. Robert, B.A., vicar

Elliott Mrs. Catherine

Farquharson, R.N., Esq., Dundridge

Friend Mr. Nicholas, Disting

Hodge Captain, Sandwell

Luscombe Mrs., Upper Ashridge

Paige John Brown, Esq., M.A., Englebourne

Pendarves Mrs., Tristford

Watson Richard Huxham, Esq., J.P., Dorsley

Watson Mr. Robert, Hallalen, East Leigh

Webber Charles, Esq., J.P., Winsland


Trades and Professions

Andrews Mrs. Elizabeth, sub-postmistress

Bennett Richard, baker and grocer

Blackler George, farmer, Belsford

Blackler John, farmer, Blakemore

Chapple James, farmer, Cottage

Coaker Jonas, farmer, "Blue Posts" inn

Creese Edward, farmer, Ashridge

Crossing Henry, farmer, Fletchers Coombe

Fairweather Robert, boot and shoemaker

Farley John, farmer, Moore

Foale Henry, farmer, East Leigh

Foale Henry, farmer, Preston

Fowler Henry William, miller and farmer, Belsford mill

Hamand Henry, farmer, West Leigh

Hannaford Miss Jemima, dairywoman, East Leigh

Hardy Richd. John, general dealer, "Commercial" hotel

Harris Thomas William, farmer, Langford

Harris William, yeoman, Belsford

Harvey Thomas, farmer, Blakemore

Heath Stephen, blacksmith, East Leigh

Knapman John, farmer, Tristford farm

Knapman John and Son, edge tool manufacturers, Hill mills

Lake James England, National schoolmaster

Lamble Jacob, dairyman and shopkeeper

Martyn William, farmer, Dundridge

Middleton Edwin Leonard, slate merchant and farmer, Gosworthy

Parnell William, mason, "Church House"

Peeke Mrs. Elizabeth, farmer, Hernford

Purday John, dairyman, Lower Luscombe

Rowe Joseph, farmer, Whiteley

Sercombe George, farmer, Lower Luscombe

Soper William, blacksmith

Stranger John, farmer, Vicarage farm

Symons Philip, farmer, Lower Washborn

Taylor Herman, farmer, Stancombe

Taylor John and James, farmers, East Leigh

Thompson Wm., farmer, Higher Luscombe

Torbay John, farmer, Eastleigh

Tope William, farmer, Stonehills

Tucker Alfred, farmer, Hazard

Tucker John, farmer, Roalster bridge

Tucker Wm., carpenter, Lower Luscombe

Varder Stephen, builder and machinist

Voisey Mrs. Mary Ann, farmer, Moor

Watson Miss Jane, ladies’ school, Hallalen, East Leigh

White Thomas Richard, thatcher, "Globe"

Whiteway Edmund, farmer, Leigh cross, East Leigh

Whiteway Henry, farmer, Lower Luscombe

Whiteway William Walter, farmer, West Leigh

Widdicombe James, farmer, Englebourne

Woodley John Alfred, miller and farmer, Crowdy mill



Clergy and Gentry.

Cate John Thomas, Esq.

Luscombe Rev. Alexander Popham, B.A., The Vicarage

Paige Richard Clanch, Esq., Harbourne villa

Tippett Mr. Thomas


Trades and Professions

Abbott Samuel, horsebreaker, "Maltsters’ Arms"

Arnold Samuel, shoemaker and shopkeeper

Browne Mrs. Ann, shopkeeper

Brown James John, carpenter

Brown Thomas Langdon, manager at serge factory

Browne William, carpenter

Cape Joseph Thomas, surgeon

Coles Stephen, mason, farmer, and deputy registrar of births and deaths

Churchward John, serge manufacturer

Curyer William, shopkeeper

Ellis George, brewer

Hill John, marine store dealer

Lavers John, tailor, "Red Lion"

Luscombe Philip, farmer, Youlden

Marramore Henry, butcher and shopkeeper **

Nicholls Miss Augusta, straw bonnetmaker, milliner, and dressmaker

Nicholls Thomas, National schoolmaster, and registrar of births and deaths for Harberton district

Nicholls William, wheelwright

Parnell Eli, farmer

Parnell William, farmer

Payne Thomas, dairyman

Payne Thomas, jun., dairyman and shopkeeper

Rogers William, baker and shopkeeper

Searle William, cooper

Soper Richard, shoemaker

Soper Wm. Tippett, hay and corn dealer, "New" inn

Squires George, farmer

Tippett William, carpenter

Treby Henry, blacksmith


Post Office, Harberton – Mrs. E. Andrews, sub-postmistress. Letters from Totnes arrive at 7.30 a.m.; dispatched at 7.45 p.m.

Post Office, Harbertonford – Philip Bulley, sub-postmaster. Letters from Totnes arrive at 5.30 a.m.; dispatched at 7.20 p.m. Totnes is the nearest money order office for both places


National School, Harberton – James England Lake, master

National School, Harbertonford – Thomas Nicholls, master: Mrs. Ann Nicholls, mistress


Registrar of Births and Deaths for Harberton District – Thomas Nicholls


Carrier – A wagon for passengers and goods passes through Harbertonford from Kingsbridge to Totnes at 1p.m. daily : returning at 6 p.m.



Transcribers Notes:

ENGLEBOUNE - the R has been omitted.

Marramore - Should this read Narramore?