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Much of the material used in the making of this site has been provided by residents, past and present, to help to preserve the rich history of Witheridge. Up until now this material has been either left hidden in the personal collections of those who were there, or has been published to a limited audience. The decision has now been taken to make all of the material held in the archive available to a wider audience by means of this website. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those people who have, over the years, provided material and memories to the archive, and for granting their permission for this material to be used to compile a history of Witheridge. Many of those names and organisations can be found elsewhere on our acknowledgment page.

I am also indebted to Peter and Freda Tout, and also to John Usmar for giving me unrestricted access to their previously published works on Witheridge to assist me in the compilation of this history of our village, and with it their permission to reproduce freely any of that material. Illustrations originally created by Jenny Bidgood for the 'Book of Witheridge' are reproduced here with her kind permission.

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Thanks to Nigel Batty-Smith at http://www.uk-genealogy.org.uk for permission to use material relating to the Melhuish family: "You are welcome to use the information about the Melhuish family on your site". I would be happy to try and dig up some more information if you can tell me what you are looking for.

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Whilst the webmaster and authors of all transcripts and articles have made very effort to ensure accuracy, this cannot be guaranteed as most items have not been double checked. Researchers are advised to check the original documents. This advice applies to anything found on the internet.


Devon, W.G. Hoskins, 1954 Rev. 1992
The Making of the English Landscape, W.G. Hoskins, 1969
The Parish Chest, W E Tate, 1969
The Book of Witheridge, Tout, Tout and Usmar, 2003
The Old Poor Law 1795-1834, J D Marshall, 1968
The Poor Law in Nineteenth-century England, Anne Digby, 1982
Health in a North Devon Parish in the 19th Century (paper by John Usmar)


There are quite a number of directories available for Devon for the 19th century and containing descriptions of each village, a list including the incumbent of the church, parish officers, farmers and others. The number of tradesmen etc listed is variable. The later directories have more details and by the 19th century often include residents as well. Not all directories are in alphabetical order and it is important to remember that they are at least a year out of date.

Those consulted for Witheridge are either from copies I have on disc, from old copies of the original directory available to the archive, or those that are now available online.

1850 Directory (White's)
1866 Directory (Kelly's)
1878 Directory (White's
1883 Directory
1893 Directory (Kelly's)
1894 Directory (Tiverton and District)
1902 Directory (Kelly's)
1906 Directory
1914 Directory
1919 Directory (Kelly's)
1924 Directory
1930 Directory

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