Mrs Stidston Chippy Hardy with Eve Lowell
From my own collection
The Kerslakes had a chemists at 44 East Street – they were always angry with each other. The other chemist in the town was Holman, Ham and Co in West Street.
When I was 11 years old I attended Totnes High School - earlier generations who went there (or to the boys' school, King Edward the Sixth School) went on the train, Bulliver, but passenger services to Ashburton had ceased in 1958 (see http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/history for a history of the line). So we went on the bus - contemporaries or near contemporaries whom I remember are: Colleen Brixey, Shelagh Dent, Linda Paul, Alistair Macdonald, Brian Wright, Robert and Christopher Bray, John Furneaux, Peter and Susan Wakeham, Cynthia Fox and I believe Pauline Ash.
The dual carriageway was not built until the 1970s – in the 60s the A38 was a single carriageway road that bypassed Ashburton. When prisoners escaped from Dartmoor, the police would erect roadblocks and stop traffic to search for the escapee. They would open car boots, or walk along the bus aisles looking for someone crouching behind the seats – it was very exciting.
* Kelly's Directory of Devonshire 1935 : Stidston, Eng.-Capt Stanley Thomas R N (ret), Ashe
** Mary K German on the 1965-66 register of electors
*** In The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy, 1926-27, vol 7, p67 it is said that Ashburton Police, at the instigation of James Mortimer, made 'inquiries' into Alfred John Hardy's claims. The inquiries do not seem to have deterred him.
For more on Chippy, see Crime and Punishment, under Ashburton in Peril.