As the date of the 2021 census approaches, lets look at how North Tawton appeared in previous censuses. The FreeCEN website gives free access to 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1891 censuses of North Tawton. White's Devonshire Directory from 1850 can fill in some gaps. How would your life look to future historians, if they could only read a few lines every 10 years?

Three traces of past lives, 

  • Robert Letheren, Farmer.
  • Richard Gill, Carpenter. 
  • Mary Wilkey, Grocer.



Town Hall: Derek Harper 

Broadhall: Derek Harper 

Church: Derek Harper  

The Barton: Robin Lucas


Robert Letheren, Farmer

1841 Devon,  N Tawton/Winkleigh, North Tawton, Fore Street
PETHEREN, William, 60 Timber Merchant
PETHEREN, Ursula, 65
PETHEREN, Robert, 25
PETHEREN, Thomas, 20
PETHEREN, James, 20
LONG, Jeanna, 30 Dress M.
LONG, Elizabeth, 6
MOLLAND, Mary, 85 Ind.
SAMPSON, Grace, 25 F.S.
NOSWORTHY, William, 15 Ag.Ap.
COUSINS, Thomas, 9 M.S. 

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 722. Lethern Wm. timber merchant Lethern John M. auctioneer, &c. FARMERS. Lethern Robt. 

1851 Devon, Okehampton, North Tawton, Okehampton Street
LETHEREN, William, Head, 75, Farmer 125 Acre Empl 5 Lab
LETHEREN, Ursula, Wife, 71
LONG, Joanna, Dau, (Married), 43, Domestic Asst
LETHEREN, John Molland, Son, (Unmarried), 40, Auctioneer
LETHEREN, Robert, Son, (Unmarried), 38, Asst On Farm
LETHEREN, Thomas, Son, (Unmarried), 35, Asst In Timber
BROOK, John, Grnson, 16 Scholar
GIBBINGS, Mary, Grndau - F 14 Scholar
BUCK, Henry, Sonlaw, (Married), 54 Gardener
SAMPSON, Grace, Servnt, (Unmarried), 30, House Serv 

1861, Devon, North Tawton, Okehampton St
LETHEREN, Ursula, Head, (Widow), 81, House Proprietress
LONG, Joanna, Dau, (Married), 52, Housekeeper
LETHEREN, John M, Son, (Unmarried), 50, Auctioneer
LETHEREN, Robert, Son, (Unmarried), 48 Frmr/occupier 135acr Emp 6m 1b
RIDDAWAY, Ann, Servnt , (Widow), 51, Servant Domestic
EDWORTHY, Grace, Servnt, (Unmarried), 22, Dairymaid 

1891 Devon, Okehampton, North Tawton, Square
LETHEREN, Robert Head, Head, (Widower), 78, Retired Farmer
JENNINGS, Mary, Servnt, 53, Domestic Housekeeper 


Richard Gill, Carpenter

1841 Devon, N Tawton/Winkleigh, North Tawton, Lakeway Street
GILL, John, 45, Woolen Factory Man
GILL, Susan, 40 

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 722. Gill John, watch and clock maker 

1851 Devon, Okehampton, North Tawton, Lakeway Street
GILL, John, 53, Clock Maker
GILL, Susan, 53
GILL, Richard, 16, Woolcomber 

1861 Devon, North Tawton, Lake Way
GILL, Susan, (Widow) , 64, Grocer
FARLEY, Sarah, (Niece), 16
HAWKES, Emma, (Boarder) 3 

1891 London, St Pancras, Twisden Road
GILL, Richard, Head, 55, Carpenter(Em'ee)
GILL, Elizabeth, Wife, 55
GILL, Emily, Dau ,(Single), 27, Book Keeper(Em'ee)
GILL, Mary Dau ,(Single), 25, Teacher School(Em'ee)
GILL, Elizabeth Dau ,(Single), 21, Dressmaker(Em'ee)
GILL, Ada Dau ,(Single), 18
GILL, Stewart John, Grnson, 2
IRONS, Elizabeth, Niece, S F 27, Dressmaker(Em'ee) 


Mary Wilkey, Grocer

1841 Devon, N Tawton/Winkleigh, North Tawton, Exeter St
ABELKEY, Mary, 66, Shopkeeper
ABELKEY, Mary, 35 

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 722. Wilkey Mary, grocer, &c. 

1851 Devon, Okehampton, North Tawton, Exeter Street
WILKEY, Mary, (Unmarried), 40, Proprietor Of Houses 


General Information on North Tawton

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers. 


Welcome to the Devon Heritage website where you will find information and articles about the people and places of this County, both past and


British History Online has copies of the late 19th Century Ordnance Survey maps.   


Census 2021 The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021. Everyone must complete the census and provide accurate information. It helps decide how services are funded in your area.


A Vision of Britain Since 1801 the Census has created a uniquely detailed record of our changing communities. For data on your chosen town or village, search by place from our main home page. 

North Tawton 


Extract of the North Tawton entry from William White's Devonshire Directory of 1850  


FreeCEN The aim of FreeCEN is to provide free internet searches of the 19th century UK census returns. The first UK census to include names and other details of UK residents took place in 1841. Since then, a census has been held every ten years.

The FreeCEN project was begun in July, 1999, with a pilot transcription for Devon, coordinated by Brian Randell. Since then, the project has moved on, outgrowing its original database and website: we are now based on this site and have plans to improve the database and the ways you can search it. 

Coverage for North Tawton on FreeCEN is for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, and 1891  


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