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Transcription by Terry Partridge from Pigot & Co.'s Devonshire (1830)

MODBURY

A MARKET town in a parish of its name, in the hundred of Ermington, is 206 miles from London, 33 from Exeter, and 12 from Plymouth; situated in a hilly but highly productive district, interspersed with rich pastures and good grain land. The river Erme bounds the western part of the parish, and is navigable about two miles from its mouth, where it falls into the channel at that part called Bigbury bay.

The manufacture of woollen goods was formerly of consequence to the place, but is now dwindled down to a little serge making; and the trade of the town generally is but trifling when divested of the advantage it derives from its markets and fair. It is recorded that Modbury, in the thirty-fourth year of Edward I. sent two members to parliament; and it appears to have been exempted from this privilege upon a petition, alleging the poverty of the inhabitants, which denied them the ability to pay their representatives. Modbury is governed by a portrieve, or, as he is usually called, mayor, and two constables, which are elected at the court leet and baron held at Michaelmas and Lady-day; the mayor being returned by a jury of twelve householders. George Henry Legassicke Crespin, Esq. is lord of the manor and borough.

The places of worship here are, the parish church, and a meeting-house each belonging to the presbyterians, methodists, and quakers. The church is dedicated to St. George, and is a spacious and handsome structure, with a spire of more modern construction than the body, about 134 feet in height. The living is a vicarage in the gift of Eton college; the present incumbent is the Rev. William Stackhouse. The neighbourhood of Modbury is of a very genteel character, and within the circuit of a few miles may be noticed some elegant seats and tasteful residences. The weekly market is on Thursday; a cattle market is held on the second Tuesday in each month, and an annual fair on the fourth of May. The population of the entire parish, in 1821, was 2,194 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE, Church-street, Richard Hosking, Post Master. - Letters from UGBOROUGH arrive every morning at five, and are despatched to that town every evening at six, in time to meet the mail.

NOBILITY, GENTRY AND CLERGY.

Bartlett the Misses, Church st
Bridgman Rev. David, Brownston st
Bulteel John, esq. Fleet
Hayes Treby Hale, esq. Dallamoor
King John, esq. Fowelscombe
Langworthy Miss F. Church st
Langworthy the Misses, Brownston street
Perring Miss Susannah, Church st
Pode John Spurrier, esq. Slade
Rogers Sir John Lemmon, bart. Blatchford
Stackhouse Rev. Wm. Vicarage

ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS.

Andrews Phillip, Church st
Martin Isabella, Broad st
Pearse John, Back st
Richards James, Brownston st

ATTORNEYS.

Andrews John, Brownston st
Avent John, jun. Church st
Savery Servington, Brownston st

AUCTIONEERS.

Andrews Samuel, Poundwell st
Coyte Thos. & Son. Brownston st

BAKERS.

Bailey William, Brownston st
Boon Nicholas, Poundwell st
Palmer John, Church st

BLACKSMITHS.

Farley Philip, Poundwell st
Fox Francis, Poundwell st

BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS.

Andrews Richard, jun. Church st
Cove John, Church st
Priston John, Broad st

BRAZIERS AND TIN-PLATE WORKERS.

Trist James, Brownston st.
Wroth William, Poundwell st

BUTCHERS.

Andrews Samuel, Poundwell st
Coyte William, Church st

CHYMISTS AND DRUGGISTS.

Prideaux George, Broad st
Shepheard Thomas, Brownston st

COAL MERCHANTS.

Priston John, Church st
Roberts David, Church st

COOPERS.

Boon John, Brownston st
Colliver Edward, Poundwell st
Cove Evan, Poundwell st
Cove Nicholas, Poundwell st

FIRE, &c. OFFICE AGENTS.

ATLAS, Jno. Avent, jun. Church st
BIRMINGHAM, Thomas Shepheard, Brownston st
WEST OF ENGLAND, Geo. Prideaux, Broad st

GROCERS & TEA DEALERS.
(
See also Shopkeepers, &c.)

Flashman John, Market place
Hosking Richard, Church st
Pulling George, Church st

HATTERS.

Edgcombe John, Brownston st
King Mary Moore, Church st

IRONMONGERS.

Prideaux George (and stamp distributer), Broad street
Shepherd Thomas, Brownston st
JOINERS & CARPENTERS.

Elford John, Brownston st
Frowde John, Brownston st
Light Thomas, Church st

LINEN & WOOLLEN DRAPRS.

Andrews Sarah & Elizth. Church st
Goss John, Church st
Harrie Ann, Broad st
King John, Brownston st

MALTSTERS.

Boon John, jun. Poundwell st
Coyte Thomas, Brownston st
Coyte William, Church st
Elliott George, Brownston st
King John, Broad st
Lakeman George, Church st
Page Nicholas, Poundwell st
Stidworthy Edward, New st
Webber Robert (& spirit merchant) Brownston st
White Jeffery, Archarton
Wootton John, Butland
Wroth & Harris, Church st

SADDLERS.

Pearce Francis, Broad st
Randle William, Church st

SHOPKEEPERS & DEALERS IN SUNDRIES.

Bird William, Brownston st
Cove John, Church st
Flashman John, Church st
Horswell Edmund, Brownston st
Horswell Johanna, Galpin st
Scoble Ann, Broad st
Whyatt Elizabeth, Church st

SURGEONS.

Avent Nicholas Bastard, Church st
Gest James, Church st
Langworthy Geo. Vincent & Son, Galpin street
Langworthy William Southmead, Brownston st

TAILORS.

Cove Evan, Brownston st
Fox John, Poundwell st
Mullis Anthony, Brownston st

TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES.

Bell, John King, Broad st
Dartmouth Inn, Robert Lyndon, Broad st
Devonport Inn, Thomas Prout, Church st
Exeter Inn, Edw. Stidworthy, Church st
London Inn, Edward Mitchell, Church st
Maltman's Arms, John Boon, Brownston st
Plymouth Inn, Jno. Boon, jun. Poundwell st
Union Inn, Francis Steer, Poundwell st
White Hart, Roger Gwillans Tarring, Church st

Miscellaneous.

Andrews Richard & Son, land surveyors, Poundwell
Andrews Richard, jun. earthenware dealer, Church st
Ashley Martin, currier, &c. Brownston st
Cove Elizth. straw hat mkr. Brownston st
Cridland Francis, tanner, New st
Daw George, bookseller and printer, Brownston street
Flashman John, painter, Church st
Langworthy George, jun. veterinary surgeon, Galpin street
Luscombe Robt. tallow chandler, Broad st
Paddon Wm. watch, &c. mkr. Brownston st
Perring Richard, serge manufacturer, Church st
Prout Thomas, rope & bed sacking manufacturer, Church st
Rogers Ann, dressmaker, Church st

CARRIERS.

To DARTMOUTH, Richard Cumming and Son. from Church st. every Thurs.

To DEVONPORT and PLYMOUTH, Joseph Foale, from the Dartmouth Inn, every Monday and Thursday - John Kerswill, from Church st. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday - Richd. Cumming & Son. from Church st, every Monday & Friday - and Thomas Haynes, from the White Hart, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

To KINGSBRIDGE, Thos. Haynes, from the White Hart, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - and Joseph Foale, from Dartmouth Inn, and a Light Car, from the Exeter Inn, every Tuesday and Friday.

To TOTNES, Richard Lavers, from Brownston st. every Wednesday & Saturday.

Last updated 12 Feb 2006 - Brian Randell.

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