1893 Kelly’s Directory

Bratton Clovelly (or Clevelly) is a village and extensive parish, 3-1/2 miles south from Ashbury station on the Holsworthy branch of the London and South Western railway, and 9 west-by-south from Okehampton, in the Western division of the county, Lifton hundred and petty sessional division, Okehampton union and county court district, rural deanery of Okehampton, archdeaconry of Totnes and diocese of Exeter. The church of St. Mary the Virgin is a building of stone, in the Early English and later styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a fine embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 6 bells, all cast in 1767; the nave is Early Decorated, dating from about 1375; the chancel and base of the tower are Early English; two windows in the vestry contain ancient stained glass, including the arms of the Barnby family; the other windows have modern stained glass as memorials to Thomas Ellis Manning and his relatives; the window in the tower is a memorial to Oliver Veale Pengelly, formerly of this parish; in 1892, the church was thoroughly restored and reseated in oak, and a carved oak pulpit erected at the cost of Mrs. Manning of Eversfield in this parish, who also presented a richly-carved alabaster reredos, and relaid the chancel floor with highly-polished Devonshire and Irish marble asa memorial to her sister Mrs. Mary Yonge, who died in 1891; the nave will seat 180 persons. The register dates from the year 1555. The living is a rectory, average tithe rent-charge £340, net yearly income £412, including 140 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Exeter, and held since 1865 by Rev. Edward Seymour M.A. of Jesus College, Cambridge. There are three Bible Christian chapels here — one in the village, one at Boasley and one at Rexon Cross. Fairs are held here on the second Tuesday in May and the first after October 19th. Henry de Bracton or Bretton, a celebrated lawyer and judge (1185-1267), and author of “De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae,” the best of judicial classics, is supposed to have born in this parish. Mrs. Manning, Thomas Brown and William James Harris esq. J.P. and Mrs. Symmons are the principal landowners. The trustees of the late T. E. Manning esq. J.P. are the lords of the manor. Calehouse belongs to Mr. Brown, of Higher Slade, Okehampton; Boasley, to Horatio Carlyon esq.; Metherell belongs to Mrs. Gorle; Ellacott, which formerly belonged to the Earl of Morley, is now the property of W. J. Harris esq. of Halwill manor; Higher Voaden belongs to T. Brown; Banbury, originally Burnaby, belonged to the ancestors of the late Col. Fred Burnaby R.H.G. killed in the Soudan, now to H. Carlyon esq. C. B. Woollcombe esq. and A. Carpenter esq. own land here. The soil is chiefly clay; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, oat and barley. Area 8,316A. 0R. 5P.; rateable value, £3,412; the population in 1891 was 487.

Post Office. — Nicholas Palmer, sub-postmaster. Letters received from Lew Down R.S.O., thence to Bratton Clovelly by foot post, at 7:55 a.m.; dispatched 5 p.m. Postal orders are issued here, but not paid. The nearest money order ofice is at Lifton & telegraph office at Ashbury & North Lew railway station.
A School Board of 5 members was formed July 31, 1874; Nicholas Palmer, clerk to the board and attendance officer.
Board School (mixed), erected in 1877, for 140 children; average attendance, 63; George Howard, master; Mrs. Betsy Howard, sewing mistress.

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CategorySurnameGiven NameTitleSuffixOccupationLocation
CommercialBaileyJohnfarmerEast Banbury
BowdenJohnfarmerLittle Burrow
BrayWilliamfarmerCoombe Park
BrownJohn(trustees of)landowner & farmerLower Voaden
BrownThomaslandowner & farmerLower Voaden
ChambersBenj. Cliffordformerly Northcombe
DaveyMatthewboot & shoemaker
DaweWilliamfarmerCourt Barton
GorleFrancesMrs.farmerMetherell Tower
HearnPhiliplandowner & farmerSwaddledown
HortopHenry& Sonwheelwrights & carpenters
LovellJohnfarmerSouth Barton
MetheralJohnfarm bailiff to Mrs. SymmonsWrixhill
PalmerNicholastailorPost Office
PalmerRt. GathfarmerBlackbroom
PhearJamessaddler & harness maker
PollardWilliambailiff to Alfred Carpenter esq.Bannadon
RiceWilliamfarmerSouth Breazle
RogersMartin ThomasfarmerWest Banbury
ShoplandThos.farmerBratton Town
SmallacombeJabeztailor & shopkeeper
StaceyShadrackClovelly Hotel
TickleSamuellandowner & farmerLangworthy
VoadenStephenfarm bailiff to Horatio Carlyon esq.Voasley [Boasley]