Radway

A summary of the occupiers of Radway, Bishopsteignton, taken from the official parish records.

Ancient abode of the Lords of the Manor
Radway Manor House

This is an area rather that a single dwelling or property.  Radway is derived from Rad, Old English for grass or herbage, and Waie Old English for track or way; so it is the way to the grass feeding land, or Haldon Common where there was common pasture.

16th Century

1524          The Devon Subsidy Roll names Thomas Comyng as having a moderate income from agriculture, and Robert Comyng as having a slightly larger income from the same source.

1543          The Devon Subsidy Roll names the Comyns family as having incomes from agricultural sources.  They are Thomas, Robert Senior, John, Michael, Ralph, John Junior, Thomas Junior, Philip.

1559          The Marriage Register records the marriage of Thomas Balle.

1568          The Baptism Register records the baptism of Edward, son of William Balle.

1579          The Marriage Register records the marriage between John Comnge at Radway and Julian Bond.

1586          The Baptism Register records the baptism of Frances, daughter of John Cominge of Radwaie.

1588          The Baptism Register records the baptism of John, the son of Thomas Comynge at Radwaie

1589          The Burial Register records the burial of Agnes Comynge the elder at Radwaie, widow.

1590          The Burial Register records the burial of Thomas the son of Thomas Comynge at Radwaie.

1594          A Marriage Record between Robert Bagge and Helene Sawden one of the witnesses is Thomas Comynge of Radwaie.

17th Century

1611          A sale document records the sale by the Earl of Salisbury to Nicholas the younger of a house and land at Radway. This is the original Upper Radway Farm; the house is now called Lower Radway.

Previously Higher Radway Farm
Lower Radway House, Radway Street

1625          The Marriage Register records the Marriage of Maximilian Comyns of Bishopsteignton to Alice Horrell of Kingsteington, widow. Feb 26th.

1627          An Indenture records the sale of Thomas Commynge of Bishopsteignton and his wife Margerie and his heir apparent Maximilian to Nicholas Balle of Chudleigh land and tenements at Radway for £450.  The area is roughly north of Manor Road and Teignview Road.  Note that in 1653 when Nicholas Balle raised a mortgage he pledged these lands as security.

1636          The Burial Register records the burial of Thomas Coming of Radway, senior.

1641          The Devon Protestations Returns show eight Comyns in the list, namely Charles, Frances, John Senior, John Junior, Maximilian, Richard and Thomas.  No home names are recorded.

1641          The Devon Protestation Return show for Ball – Nicholas and Nicholas Junior.

1665          An Indenture of Fine in the Devon Records office records that Thomas Comyns buys properties in Radway from Christopher Sandford and his wife Catherine.

1674          The Hearth Tax Register shows that Richard Ball of Radway has six hearths.  The only Comyns entry is for Mary Coming with 1 hearth.

1694          The Burial Register records the burial of Thomas Comyns of Radaway.

18th Century

1702          The Burial Register records the burial of Agnes, the daughter of Mr Nicholas and Agnes Ball of Radaway, yeoman.

1704          The Burial Register records the burial of Mr Nicholas Ball of Radaway.

1721          The Churchwardens’ record  records Thomas Comyns as churchwarden.

1779          An Indenture for Sale records the sale of relicts of John Balle to James Templer of Higher Radway Estate.

1771          In a judgement about tithes, Higher Radway is in the possession of John Ball; Lower Radway is in possession of John Mason, part of which was previously in the possession of Maximillian Comyns.

1779          John Balle of Radway died and left his estate of Higher Radway Farm to his three married daughters as co-heirs.  They sold the property to James Templer of Stover Lodge later of Lindridge.

1786          The Churchwardens’ Records, record Mr John Coysh as churchwarden for Higher Radway.

1788          The Churchwardens’ Records show that Richard Knill Junr. was churchwarden for Higher Radaway estate.

1789          The Baptism Register records the baptism of Hannah the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Hutchins of Radway.

1792          The Local Tax Assessment  records that Templer owns Higher Radway and that Henry Hutchins is tenant there.  There is no change for 1797, but then Thomas Vooght becomes the tenant.

1798          The Baptism Register records the Baptism of James the son of Thomas Vooght and Mary his wife of Radway.

19th Century

1804          The churchwardens’ records show that William Coyse is churchwarden for Higher Radway.

1828          The Local Tax Assessment shows Templer as owner of Higher Radway and John Bickley as tenant.

1828          The Local Tax Assessment shows Elizabeth Heller as tenant of Lower Radway.

1832          A Lindridge Estate Survey shows Radaway Farm i.e. Higher Radway, contains 130 acres.

1840         Bishopsteignton Tithe List records Rev John Comyns as owner and Robert Steer as occupier of Lower Raddaway Farm.

1851          The Census records that Higher Radway Farm is in possession of George Parnell, aged 43 and that it has 126 acres.

1851          The Census records that Radaway Farm is in possession of William Reed aged 35 and that it contains 140 acres.

1857          Billing’s Directory shows George Parnall as farmer at Higher Radway.

1857          Billing’s Directory shows that William Reed is the farmer at Redaway and Broadmeadow.  This is repeated for 1866.

1866          Billing’s Directory shows that James Soper is farmer at higher Radway.

1870          Morris’ Directory shows the same as Billings in 1866.

1873          Kelly’s Directory shows that James Soper is farmer at Radway.

1883          Kelly’s Directory shows that John Lake is farmer at Radway and that James Soper is farmer at Radway.

1889          Kelly’s Directory shows that Mrs Jno. Lake is farmer at Radway and Combe.

1889          Kelly’s Directory shows that James Soper is farmer at Radway.

1890          White’s Directory shows that James Soper is farmer at Manor House (Lower Radway Farm).

1897          Kelly’s Directory shows Richard Harvey, Farmer at Radway and James Soper, farmer, at Lower Radway.

1897          A shooting lease for Radway Farm when John Comyns was the owner shows the tenant as J Hanniford and the farm acreage as 202.

Walls of Radway Manor can be seen on the South side of the street.

The first building on the right on Radway street follows the line of the original farm outbuildings and the original high red stone wall is still visible.

20th Century

1902          Kelly’s Directory shows John Sparke Hannaford as farmer at Lower Radway and Richard Harvey farmer at Radway.

1903          The renewal of the 1897 lease for shooting rights  shows the tenant as J S Hannaford.  A further renewal in 1907 has the same tenant.

1909          A further renewal of the 1897 lease shows the tenant as John Sparke Hannaway, but the 1910 lease corrects this to John Sparke Hannaford.

1914          Kelly’s Directory shows John Sparke Hannaford as farmer at Lower Radway and Reginald Harvey farmer at Radway.

1919          Kelly’s Directory shows Samuel Ellis as farmer at Lower Radway, Reginald Harvey as farmer at Radway and Charles Stooke as farmer at Radway.

1921          Auction particulars prepared by Messrs. Rendell and Sawdye dated 3rd August estimate Lower Radway farm with Broadmeadow have 185 acres.  In occupation is Mr S Ellis on a yearly tenancy.

1926          Kelly’s Directory shows Reginald Harvey as farmer at Radway and Charles Stooke and Son as farmers at Radway and Lower Radway.

1939          Kelly’s Directory shows W H Dawe and Sons as farmers at Ashhill and Radway farms.

Manor Farm House on Coronation Day, 2nd Prize
Manor Farm House on Coronation Day, 2nd Prize

 

The house of Radway Farm (Manor Farm) was demolished in 1965 without permission.

Lower Radway Farm later became known as Manor Farm and the farm demesne was replaced by a building development known as Grandisson Avenue.

Destruction of Radway Manor to make way for Grandisson Avenue Bishopsteignton, 1965
Destruction of Radway Manor to make way for Grandisson Avenue Bishopsteignton, 1965
Oak Stair at Manor Farm House
Oak Stair at Manor Farm House

 

1956 A new farm house is built near Rowden Cross to replace Higher Radway Farm which was originally on Radway Street.

 

 

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