IS a small sea-port, and the most northerly town in Devonshire, in the hundred of Braunton; 202 miles from London, 48 from Exeter, 18 from Bideford, and 10 from Barnstaple. The town, which consists of one street, about a mile in length, is built on the side of a hill, and commands a fine view of the Welsh coast and the Bristol channel. Its chief consequence is derived from the peculiar situation and safety of its harbour; the inner basin of which is principally formed by the rocks which surround and protect it. Upon one of these rocks, next the sea, is a light-house; and along the side of the same runs an artificial pier, originally built by the Bouchier family, and subsequently repaired and enlarged by Sir Bouchier Wrey, Bart. the present owner of the pier and lord of the manor. Besides the advantages of its harbour, Ilfracombe has lately risen to some celebrity as a watering-place, and has become the residence of several respectable families. For temporary sojourners here are three good inns, and for those who court more secluded accommodation, is a range of well-furnished private lodging-house*. A pebbly shore, in the same direction as the lodging-houses, with some good machines, afford convenient bathing; and a well-selected library is to be found at Mr. Banfield's, bookseller, &c.
The places of worship are, the parish church, and a chapel for the
independents. The living of the former is a vicarage, in the gift of the Bishop
of Salisbury; the present vicar is the Rev. Robert Dickenson. Camden, the historian,
was prebendary of this church in 1580; at that time the benefice might be enjoyed
by a layman. A new road, winding through a level and well-wooded valley, has
just been completed from hence to Barnstaple; which, it is expected, will conduce
to the reciprocal benefit of both towns, and their markets. The weekly market
at I1fracombe is on Saturday; an annual great market is held on the 23rd of
August, and a fair on the 14th of April. The population of the parish, by the
parliamentary census of 1821, was 2,622 persons.
Susannah Stanbury, Post Mistress - Letters from all parts
arrive at nine in the morning, and are despatched at six in the evening.
GENTRY AND CLERGY.
Alder Captain, R.N. Ilfracombe
Bassett John Davie, Esq. Ilfracombe
Bowen Admiral, Ilfracombe
Bowen Rev. John, St. Vincent
Dickenson Rev. Robert, Vicarage
Dickenson Robt. W. esq. Ilfracombe
Down Capt. Edward (army) Ilfracombe
Font Jesse, M.D. Ilfracombe
Harding Major, Ilfracombe
Hicks John Wm. esq. Ilfracombe
Kendall Peter, esq. Watermouth
Lee Nathnl. Vye, esq. Ilfracombe
McCaul William, esq. Ilfracombe
Meek James, esq. Ilfracombe
Millo Abraham, esq. Ilfracombe
Mills Captain, Ilfracombe
Newton Lieut. Colonel, Ilfracombe
Richards James, esq. Ilfracombe
Riddell Robert, esq., Spreacombe
Shepherd William, esq. Ilfracombe
Steevens Harry, esq. Ilfracombe
Vye Nathaniel. esq. Ilfracombe
Vye Wm. Blackmore, esq. Ilfracombe
Webber General, Buckland
Wren Edward, esq. Ilfracombe
ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS.
Dally Richard, (boarding and day)
Farrant John, (day)
Hacker Susannah (boarding & day)
NATIONAL SCHOOL, John Thorne, master
Vye and Harris (draw on Glyn and Co. London)
BLACK AND WHITE SMITHS.
BOOKSELLERS, PRINTRS, &c.
Banfield John (and library)
BOOT & SHOE MAKERS./p
Harris James (and joiner)
Stephens Hugh (and upholsterer)
CARPENTERS & JOINERS.
Hearson John (and builder)
Knight Thomas (and builder)
DRAPERS AND GROCERS.
Greenslade Eliza (and library)
FIRE, &c. OFFICE AGENTS.
ALLIANCE, George Coats
ROYAL EXCHANGE, Edwd. Gaydon
WEST OF ENGLAND, Thomas Coats
GLASS AND EARTHENWARE DEALERS.
INNS AND HOTELS.
Britannia, John Martin
Clarence Hotel, James Camp
Packet Hotel, Amos Fry
Hearson Edward (and saddler)
Huxtable & Genge (& shipbuilders)
MILLINERS, DRESS & STRAW HAT MAKERS.
Morris Elizabeth and Mary Ann
Scamp Elizabeth and Mary
PAINTERS AND GLAZIERS.
Rice Edward and Roger
Moon Robert Henry
TAILORS AND DRAPERS.
TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES.
Barnstaple Inn, Betty Lawrence
Commercial, John Hearson
Crown, Robert Harding
Duke of Cumberland, Walter German
Ebrington Arms, Thomas Tuckfield
Exeter, Susanah Hearson
George & Dragon, Susannah Cole
Golden Lion, James Hodge
King of Prussia, Nicholas Barns
King's Arms, Thomas Cornish
Lamb, Thomas Parker
Market Inn, Elizabeth Harding
Moon, Johanna Edwards
New Inn, James Sutton
Red Cow, Elizabeth Harker
Ring of Bells, John Knill
Rising Sun, John Harding
Rodney, William Stephens
Star, James Scamp
Wellington Arms, John Davey
White Hart, Henry Eastway
White Swan, Thomas Hancock
WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS.
Organ William (and silversmith)
Carpenter Isaac, hatter
Dallin Tobias, sail maker
Dennis Charles, spirit merchant
Greenslade Thomas, tallow chandler
Herring Grace, baker
Stephens William, block maker
Wade Thomas, boat builder
Collector, Mr. Robert Holland
Comptroller & Landing Surveyor, Mr. John Williams
To BARNSTAPLE, the Royal Mail, from the Britannia, every evening at a quarter before six.
To BARNSTAPLE, John Pugsley, from the Quay, every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday - and John Dadd and John Baker. from their houses, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
CONVEYANCE BY WATER.
To BRISTOL, a Steam Packet (during the summer) every Tuesday.
To SWANSEA, a Steam Packet (during the summer) every Saturday - and
a Sailing Packet, every Mon. & Thurs.
The Beresford, John Eastaway, and the Jane, David Pile.
Transcribed - Brian Randell, 17 Jul 1999