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My name is Anne Bligh, and I came to Ashburton as a child in 1961 when my Mum and Dad, Eve and 'H' Lowell, bought The Paper Shop at 6 North Street. I met local boy Robin at the youth club in Stapledon Lane (yes, I know, it is really Back Lane or even Cad Lane - but the Post Office dictates otherwise). Robin and I later married and have lived in the town ever since.

In 2012 I joined  Ashburton U3A's history and archaeology group, and became enthused about Ashburton in the past. This website is the result.

If you would like to add anything to the website, or have ideas, questions or corrections, please do get in touch:

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