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Withycombe Raleigh Lighting Assessment – 20th March 1851

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. The Lighting and Watching Act of 1833 was effective in providing a police force anywhere where property owners felt that it was needed, in places where the system of Parish Constables was not working efficiently. Property owners in a parish had to call a meeting and appoint Lighting and Watching Act Inspectors. They could then appoint policemen and levy a rate on local inhabitants to pay for them. This rating assessment is for the parish of Withycombe Raleigh, which covered the northern part of Exmouth. The boundary between this parish and Littleham ran through the Strand, along the Parade, up Albion Street, through Hamilton Road and along Salterton Road. However, only occupiers in the built-up area of the parish were rated, so presumably it was only the town where extra policemen were wanted. The rate covers the part of the Exmouth around the Parade and Albion Street and goes out as far as Rhyll, but no further; Marpool and Bradham Farms, for example, which were in Withycombe Raleigh parish, are not included. This assessment lists the landowners, the occupiers, a description of the property rated and where it was situated, together with the rateable value and the amount to be paid. The valuation and the amount levied have not been indexed here.


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