Last people to live in Clicket

The photo was taken in 1890


Travelling through Dunster and taking the back road up Whitswood steep, along about 3miles there is a farm entrance (Thorn farm I think) and a sign pointing to Clicket. The village of Clicket was in a secluded valley on the Exmoor National Park, but now all thats left
of the small country village. is a pile of crumbling ruins.
Up until the end of the 19th Century it was a thriving community. It had a mill that serviced local farms and a quarry that provided lime, but by the start of the 20th Century it had been abandoned.  Archaeologist Mark Horton has been investigating the history of the ruined village for the BBC. In the course of his research, he found this fascinating photograph.  It was taken in 1890 and it is said to show the last people living in the village while it was still a small rural community.
The man on the right of the image is wearing an apron and a watch on a chain, suggesting he could have been the miller.  The man sitting front left with a dog on his lap has a basket of tools at his feet, suggesting he may have worked in the village quarry.

The 1841 census doesn’t list anyone in Clicket but some names are the same living in Timberscombe ‘village’ so the residents might have been incorporated altogether at that time.
The 1851 census lists the inhabitants of Clicket as John Cole, 58, Born in Luxborough,. His wife is Elizabeth aged 48, daughter Elizabeth 20, Martha 10 and John (age unreadable).
Robert Tarr 55 born in Kings Brompton and wife Elizabeth 54, their son Robert 22 and his wife Sarah aged 21.
Martin Williams, 68 born Exton, farm labourer, wife Ann 66 born Timberscombe, also son Martin aged 41 born Kings Brompton.
James Williams 46 born Luxborough and wife Elizabeth born Torrington
All the mens occupations are listed as farm labourers.

1861 lists the residents of Clicket as: Ann Williams age 77 widow and son Martin 51
Robert Tarr, 66 and wife Elizabeth 65 with grandson Robert aged 9 born Cutcombe.
William Webber, 38 born Timberscombe and wife Mary Ann 31 born cutcombe, daughters Dina aged 6 and Lucy aged 4, son William aged 2.
James Norman aged 65 born Winsford was lodging with them.
Thomas Webber 30, occupation shepherd born Carhampton and wife Sarah 22 born cutcombe, and their son William aged 1.  Lodging with them was Elizabeth Baker aged 60 born cutcombe.

1871 There are no listing for Clicket. It appears that the Webbers and the Williams have moved up to Allercott or the residents of Clicket have all been listed under Allercott. I will only list them here if they are specifically listed as living at Clicket.

However 1881 shows 3 families living in Clicket.
 William Webber, 59, his wife Mary ann is 49, daughter Mary is 19. They have 5 sons, John 13, George 11,James 7, Tom 5 and Charley 3.
John Webber 35 and wife Fanny 36 born Luccombe and 4 sons, Jessie 11, Harry 8, John 6, Willie 4.
George Hole 47 born cutcombe, his wife Mary 49 born Wotton Courtney and 3 sons George 16, James 11 and John 5. Also a daughter, Mary Ann aged 8.

As far as I can make out, the 1891 just lists Clicket as 4 uninhabited houses.

Picture taken in the fireplace of a ruined house in Clicket
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