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February 2, 2015

What was Kentisbeare like in the late 1800s?

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kentisbeare like this: 

KENTISBEARE, a parish in Tiverton district, Devon; near the river Culme and the Bristol and Exeter railway, 3½ miles NE by E of Collumpton. It has a post office under Collumpton, and a fair on Whit-Wednesday. Acres, 3, 720. Real property, £6, 162. Pop., 1, 068. Houses, 197. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Earl of Egremont. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £486. * Patron, the Earl of Egremont. The church is of the 14th century; comprises nave, chancel, and S aisle, with W pinnacled tower; and contains a finely carved screen, and monuments of the Walronds, the Eveleighs, and the Whitings. There are a Baptist chapel, and charities £33.
Source: GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kentisbeare in Mid Devon Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time

Shortly after this, 1881 census information about what jobs people were doing showed, not too surprisingly, that most men were in farming and most women in domestic service:
Kentisbeare Industry 1881
Source: Matthew Woollard (History Data Service, UK Data Archive, University of Essex). Role: editor.Restrictions on use: Statistics derived from the 1881 microdata for individual localities may be reproduced provided the contributors are acknowledged.

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