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"HARTLAND, a small decayed market town . . . near a rivulet about the middle of that north-west corner of Devon which juts out into the Bristol Channel, at Bideford Bay, opposite Lundy Island. It is 13 miles W. by S. of Bideford, and two miles from the sea, but its large parish extends to the point, and to both coasts of the promontory, and comprises 2223 souls, and about 16,700 acres of land including many scattered farm-houses, &c., the hamlets of Millford, Meddon, Cheristow, Elmscott, and Pilham, and the village of STOKE, from 1 to 2 miles W. of the town, where there is a quay. . . . This high and bleak parish is bounded on the south by some boggy heights, where the rivers Torridge and Tamar have their sources; and on the west by Hartland Point, called by Ptolemy, the Promontory of Hercules. . . . L. W. Buck, Esq., of Moreton, is lord of the manor. . . . Hartland Abbey, the seat of George Stuckley Buck, Esq., stands near Stoke village and the church, in the narrow vale, whose sloping sides are richly mantled with hanging woods, and form a spacious deer park, through which a rivulet winds westward to the sea, about a mile below. . . . The Church (St. Nectan,) stands more than a mile west of the town, on a lofty eminence near the sea, Stoke village, and the Abbey. It is a large and handsome building, consisting of a tower, a nave, two aisles, and a chancel. . . . The Chapel  of Ease, in Hartland town, is a small structure, formerly the market house, but converted to its present use in 1839, at the cost of about 400, raised by subscription. Here is a small Independent Chapel, built in 1818, and a Wesleyan Chapel, erected in 1829. . . ."

[From White's Devonshire Directory (1850) quoted by Brian Randall. Go to Val Henderson for an 1870 snapshot of the village. ]

One of the most beautiful places you can hope to find..... Hartland Point is on the 'd' of Appledore on the North Devon Coast.


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Here is a larger scale map of Devon and a (thanks to Streetmap) map to get you to Hartland - you can change the scale as well as get the local weather and cinema listings!

Family 1: Mary and Thomas Shaddick

Mary 1787 is the daughter of Thomas 1765 and Mary Guy and the granddaughter of  John and Grace Wells. She was born in Lewannick and marries Thomas Shaddock in Hartland in 1810. Thomas is a farm labourer - he was born in 1789 and dies in 1846. What was Mary doing so far from home? She is described as a 'sojourner' at the time of the marriage. It's speculation but Mary and her sister, Elizabeth, were orphaned by 1796 (or their father, Thomas, had abandoned them) and it isn't surprising to find Mary on the road...

That the Hartland marriage is Mary 1787 is confirmed by the censuses which show Mary as the wife (1841) and then widow (1851) of Thomas and as born in Lewannick. At the time of those censuses, the family are living in Philham, a hamlet just south of Hartland. They have nine children -Elizabeth 1811, Harriett 1812, Mary 1814, Maria 1815, Wilmot 1817, Grace 1819, Tabitha 1822, Ann 1824 and Thomas 1826.

By 1851, Mary is described as a pauper but there are 3 of her unmarried children living with her plus a couple of grandchildren. In 1861, she is still in Hartland, living with some of her grandchildren. She dies and is buriedin Hartland on 10th December 1869.

Miscellaneous

  • Thomas Uglow was appointed as a curate at Welcombe parish, Hartland in 1641 - Welcombe is 3 miles south of Hartland, on the border of Devon with Cornwall. Probably from Marhamchurch where a Thomas signed the Protestation return in 1641. A Thomas also dies in Marhamchurch in 1646 and is described at his death as 'clericus' so this is likely to be the same Thomas. He may be the son of John and Elizabeth Uglow or the son of Thomas and Lowdie Couch
  • Ann from Hartland, born 1785, marries George 1788

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