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Devon - High Bickington

Entry from White's Devonshire 1878:

HIGH BICKINGTON, 8 miles E. by N. of Torrington, and N.W. of Chulmleigh, is a parish in Torrington union and county court district, Great Torrington petty sessional division and rural deanery, Northern division of the county, North Tawton hundred, and Barnstaple archdeaconry. The parish includes North and South Hele, Stowford, and other scattered farms. It had formerly a market every Wednesday, which was discontinued about 1725, and it still has a cattle fair on the Monday after May 14. The parish is in several manors, and belongs to Mrs. Pyncombe's Trustees, the Hon. Mark Rolle, Captain Shepherd and others. Risdon says Athelstan founded a church here, and endowed it with 2 hides of land, The CHURCH is an ancient structure, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, and tower containing six bells, and was restored in 1873 at a cost of £500. The church was newly floored, and reseated ; the gallery was removed, and many new windows inserted. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £39 7s. 7d., and in 1831 at £532, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Alfred Langdon who has a pleasant residence and 157A. 3R. 34p. of glebe. The BAPTISTS have a chapel here, and the poor have the interest of £40 left by Joshua Tucker in 1721. The parish school has £50 a year from Mrs. Pyncombe's Charity.

POST from Chulmleigh. Letters are despatched at 4 p.m.

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