With the 2021 census just completed, lets look at how Holsworthy appeared in previous censuses. The FreeCEN website gives free access to 1841, 1861 and 1891 censuses of Holsworthy. 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, 

  • Jane Meyrick, of independent means
  • John Gimblett, Blacksmith
  • George Downe, Saddler



(top left) Parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul: Roger A Smith https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5385150 
(middle left) Long House outreach centre: Roger A Smith https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5384917 
(top right) The Square: Derek Harper https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5036331 
(middle right) HATS Theatre: Robert Walden https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/599313 
(bottom) Coles Mill Viaduct: Guy Wareham https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4961751 


Jane Meyrick, of independent means

1841 Devon, Black Torrington, Holsworthy, Bodemeyrick
MEYRICK, Elizabeth, 70, Independent
MEYRICK, Jane, 55, Independent

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 787. Meyrick Miss

1861 Devon, Holsworthy, Bod Meyrick
MEYRICK, Ann, Head, Unmarried, 82, Fundholder, Holsworthy
MEYRICK, Jane, Sister, Unmarried, 76, Fundholder, Holsworthy
PEAT, Ann, Servnt, Widow, 64, Cook, Black Torrington
COLE, Ann, Servnt, Unmarried, 23, Housemaid, Holsworthy

John Gimblett, Blacksmith

1841 Devon, Black Torrington, Holsworthy, Lower Square
GIMBLETT, Elizabeth, 50, Black Smith
GIMBLETT, Mary, 20, Dress Maker
GIMBLETT, John, 20
GIMBLETT, George, 15

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 788. BLACKSMITHS. Gimblett John

1861 Devon, Holsworthy, Cott House, Coles Mill Hill
GIMBLETT, John, Head, 42, Blacksmith, Holsworthy
GIMBLETT, Ann, Wife, 26 Blacksmiths Wife, St Giles
GIMBLETT, Jessie, Dau, 4, St Giles
GIMBLETT, John, Son, 2, Holsworthy
GIMBLETT, Mary Elisabeth, Dau, 1, Holsworthy

1891, Devon, Holsworthy, Little Holsworthy
GIMBLETT, Mary, Head, Single, 74, Own Means, Holsworthy
GIMBLETT, John, Nephew, S, 32, Butcher, Holsworthy

George Downe, Saddler

1841 Devon, Black Torrington, Holsworthy, Lower Square
DOWN, George, 40, Saddler
DOWN, Mary, 8
BASSELL, Kitura, 20

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 788. SADDLERS. Downe George 

1861 Devon, Holsworthy, Lower Square
DOWN, George, Head, Widower, 63, Saddler (Journeyman), Holsworthy
DOWN, Emma, Dau, 25, Holsworthy


General Information on Holsworthy

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 present. 




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 last census took 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. 

Holsworthy https://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/738 


Extract of the Holsworthy 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 Holsworthy on FreeCEN is for the years 1841 (census district Black Torrington), 1851 (Bideford), 1861 (Holsworthy), and 1891 (Holsworthy)


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