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Georgeham (St. George)

GEORGEHAM (St. George), a parish, in the union of Barnstaple, hundred of Braunton, Braunton and N. divisions of Devon, 8 miles (N. W. by W.) from Barnstaple; containing 923 inhabitants. It comprises 4059 acres, of which 373 are waste land or common. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £40. 17. 11.; net income, £534; patron and incumbent, the Rev. Francis Hole. The church was repewed and embellished in 1762, at the expense of Sir John Chichester; on the outside of the entrance to the chancel is a representation of the Crucifixion, and the edifice contains several monuments, among which is one of a Knight Templar, with two lions at the feet. The churchyard, about two miles from the beach, has a truly picturesque character, and contains tombs of the Hole and Chichester families.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.