Ashburton Bibliography

Some books and articles that I have found on Ashburton. It is worth searching The Internet Archive for free downloads of books and articles out of copyright




From Bibliotecha Devoniensis:
The Case of Richard Reynell Esq., against Roger Tuckfield and Robert Ball, Esquires, touching the Election for Ashburton
Fol. Single sheet, London, 1708

A Guide to the Scenery in the neighbourhood of Ashburton, Devon.
Rev J P Jones, of North Bovey, Exeter 1823. Another edition Exeter 1830

Totnes Roads. The case and allegations of the Trustees of the Totnes Road Act and Creditors on the Tolls against the Bill for a Turnpike Road from Traveller's Rest in the parish of Ashburton to the town of Newton Bushell etc.
Fol. A Plan of the Roads, London 1761?

A Monody upon the death of Lord Ashburton
4to. London, 1784

Rural Employments in Spring: or the Pleasures of a Country Life in Devonshire. A Poem in three Parts.
W Mann, Ashburton, author of The Asylum for the Blind, and other poems, Ashburton 1825

Bibliotecha Devoniensis, a Catalogue of the Printed Books relating to the County of Devon, James Davidson, Exeter 1852


Ashburton and its neighbourhood Charles Worthy publ L. B. Varder, Ashburton 1875
Oak Carving at Ashburton in Tudor Days, P F S Amery, Devon Notes and Queries, 1900, available to read for free from

The Ashburton Book of Poems The Pupils of The Ashburton Grammar School publ Herbert Russell, London 1920s/30s

Caunter family records, F Lyde Caunter, 1930. Available through, here:

Ashburton Grammar School W. S. Graf printed S. T. Elson Ashburton 1938

Churchwardens' Accounts of Ashburton 1479 – 1580, Alison Hanham, Devon & Cornwall Record Society printed Devonshire Press 1970

Two Medieval Houses in Ashburton, Devon, Michael Laithwaite Devon Archaeology Society 29 p181-94 1971 

Ashburton the Dartmoor Town Francis Pilkington Devon Books 1978

Ashburton of Yesteryear John Germon and Pete Webb Obelisk Publications 1993

The Pubs and Inns of Ashburton Pete Webb 1995 Obelisk Publications

The Totnes to Ashburton Railway Anthony R Kingdom Ark Publications 1995

Branch Line to Ashburton Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith publ Middleton Press 1997

Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Cottage Hospital – a Short History Pete Webb printed Henry Bradford and Son 1998

Past Portreeves of Ashburton Pete Webb publ P. Webb 1998 (7th ed 2011)

The Book of Ashburton Stuart Hands and Pete Webb publ Halsgrove 2004, new ed 2012

Guides to Ashburton - a series of guides, produced by various organizations (eg Ashburton Urban District Council; Ashburton Chamber of Trade and Commerce) have been produced over the years. Titles vary - eg Guide to Ashburton, Ashburton Official Guide, The Ancient Stannary Town of Ashburton, Devon, etc.

St Andrew's Church, Ashburton - A Guide and Short History publ St Andrew's Church Publicity and Magazine Committee. Various editions. 5th edition updated (and probably others) has a list of Vicars of Ashburton 1257 - 2011.

Horsepower, The Dartington Rural Archive, 1985 has a chapter where Bill Tucker (born 1887) describes his life as a blacksmith in Ashburton

Prisoners of War in the Dartmoor Towns, French and American Officers on Parole 1803-1815, Trevor James, Orchard Publications, 2000

The Street and Place Names of Ashburton, Pete Webb, printed by Ashburton Town Council 2013

Motor 'Buses of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and District, Roger Grimley, revised and extended second edition, Kingsbridge 2014.

Devonshire Marbles: their geology, history and uses, Gordon Walkden, Geologists' Association Guide No.72, 2015, in 2 vols. Has an in-depth investigation into Ashburton marble.

Devon Parish Taxpayers 1500 - 1650, vol 1, edited by Todd Gray, Devon and Cornwall Record Society, Exeter 2016.

An Enormous Reckless Blunder, Dr Ali Whiteford, Islands Book Trust, Isle of Lewis 2017. This book is about the Lewis Chemical Works, in which Henry Caunter and James Matheson were involved.

Power and Conflict in Eighteenth Century India: The Life of Solomon Earle, Dr. Robert Adams, York 2019. Solomon Earle, born in Ashburton, was a captain in the East India Company army.

Articles about Ashburton in The Transactions of the Devonshire Association:

Notice of Supposed Acoustic Jars found in the Parish Church of St. Andrew, at Ashburton John S Amery 1873 vol 6 pt 1

Some Hitherto Unrecorded Hill Fortresses Near Ashburton P. F. S. Amery 1873 vol 6 pt 1

Memoir of John Dunning, First Lord Ashburton Robert Dymond 1876 vol 8

The Ancient Stannary of Ashburton R. N. Worth 1876 vol 8

A Memoir of Bishop Stapledon. L.C. Worthy, 1876 vol 8

 Sketch of Ashburton and the Woollen Trade P F S Amery 1876 vol 8

The Ashburton Urn, J Phillips 1876 vol 8

Two Ashburton Scholars: Gifford and Ireland, Rev Treasurer J M Hawker 1876 vol 8

A Tangle in the History of Ashburton, P F S Amery 1896 vol28

The Representatives of the Borough of Ashburton [1298, 1407, 1661-1865], Rev J B Pearson 1896 vol 28

Early Nonconformity in Ashburton, E Windeatt 1896 vol 28 

The Parish registers of Ashburton and Buckland in the Moor, Rev W M Birch 1896 vol 28

Residents in Ashburton and Adjoining Parishes in 1588 [from Lay Subsidy Roll], J S Amery 1896 vol 28 

Some Devonian Items [Deeds, Wills, etc. Mainly Relating to Ashburton, Widecombe and Buckfastleigh], R N Worth 1896 vol 28

John Knowles, F.R.S. [1781-1841, buried Ashburton], T W Windeatt  1896 vol 28

Botanical Notes [plants in South Molton, Okehampton, Ashburton, Kingsbridge], Helen Saunders 1898 vol 30 

The Freemans of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Bovey Tracey, etc., Miss Ethel Lega-Weekes 1913 vol 45 

The Ashburton of past days: its manners, customs and inhabitants (Presidential Address), J S Amery 1924 vol 56

Vicars of Ashburton since the Commonwealth, T Cann Hughes 1925 vol 56

On Some Guide Stones Standing on the Course of the Old Track from Tavistock to Ashburton [1699-1670?], David C Prowse and R Hansford Worth 1934, vol 66

Observations and Comparisons made above Ashburton during the same period [February and March 1947 – see paper in same volume by Hermon French], E Amery Adams 1947 vol 79 

Memories of Ashburton in Late Victorian Days, John Satterly 1952 vol 84

Court entries of the Borough of Ashburton, Hamlyn Parsons 1747 – 1803 1955 vol 87

St. Andrew's Church, Ashburton : History and Description of the Fabric, C Fryer Cornelius1959 vol 91

Some Notes on Ashburton Grammar School, Dom J Stephan 1959 vol 91

An Ashburton and Totnes Worthy: Edmund Bishop (1846 – 1917), Dom J Stephan 1959 vol 91

 A Tangle Untangled: Lordship of the Manor and Borough of Ashburton, H. J. Hanham,1962 vol 94

 Ashburton as a Parliamentary Borough, 1640-1868, H. J. Hanham, 1966 vol 98 

The Suppression of the Chantries in Ashburton, H. J. Hanham, 1967 vol 99

 Ashburton Valley - An Example of the Study of River Capture,   D Brunsden 1968 vol 100

The Whiddon Tin Mine, Ashburton,  Ronald F Homer 1996 vol 128

Druid Mine Ashburton, Phil Newman 2003 vol 135 

Parishioner Labor in the Late Medieval Parish of Ashburton, Lacey Bonar, graduate thesis, West Virginia, 2015 - accessed 03-01-2022

(See for more on The Devonshire Association for the advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts) - Accessed 11-1-2014


                                             Fictional Ashburton
Novels which include at least one reference to Ashburton:

1924 Edgar Wallace, The Three Oak Mystery
1948 Margaret Bonham, The Casino (a collection of short stories).
In the preface to the Persephone edition Margaret Bonham's daughter, Cary Bazalgette, says that The River, whilst not actually naming Ashburton, takes place along the banks of the River Yeo (ie the Ashburn).
2012 Barbara Vine, The Child's Child