Sharp first visited North Devon to look for folksingers as early as Jan 1904. This was at the invitation of Rev Alex de Gex, rector of Meshaw, 6 miles SE of South Molton. De Gex had attended the Hampstead Conservatoire concert in November 1903, when Sharp presented some of the songs freshly gathered in Somerset. He made further visits to Devon over the next few years, meeting Rev Sabine Baring Gould on 3 occasions at Lewtrenchard (near Coryton station: see map below).

In all Sharp met 32 singers in Devon, the most prolific being William Nott (32 songs) and the most interesting (arguably) being the gypsy singers Betsy and Rebecca Holland with Priscilla Cooper.

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