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The Virtual Museum is arranged chronologically either by the earliest date that I know of relating to the item or to the date of the object itself.


I would love to feature more Ashburton related items on these pages. You just need to contact me (see the About Me page) with details and a photograph - you still keep the object.


See the submenus for the different areas of the museum - this is what it holds at the moment:

1600s and before has a joist support

1750s area has a book inscribed by members of the Sunter family.

1770s area has a subpoena for Thomas Hamlyn to appear as a witness

1780s area has a lease from 1787

1800s area has a promissory note from the Ashburton Bank.

1840s area has a notice printed by Henry Creagh and a letter from Lord Lyndhurst.

1850s area has a footstool made from wood from the old market house, two receipts for goods supplied by W R Whiteway (William Rolstone Whiteway) to J Bowden,  and a flagon from Husson, Spirit Merchant.

1860s area has an annuity bond from 1864, two cartes de visite, and a portrait of Joseph Fitze.

1870s area has receipts from S Yolland, William Distin, T Hext  and J Down, a mug from the Congregational Chapel, a policy from the Phoenix Assurance Company, copper ore from Druid Mine, seal from the East Dartmoor Tin and Copper Mining Co. and a pub token from the Rose and Crown.

1880s area has a cheque from the 'Ashburton Bank', mourning stationery, receipts from L B Varder, J Clymo, Charles Skinner and Samuel Chalk, a ticket from John Burston, and a telegram from H B Wrey.

1890s area has a horse brass associated with the Langler family, a cheque from the Devon and Cornwall Banking Company, Ashburton Branch and a crested jug.

1900s area has an In Memoriam card, sale particulars and searches connected with No. 50 North Street, a clock produced to celebrate a Tucker golden wedding and a book prize from Ashburton Grammar School.

1910s area has book prizes from Ashburton Grammar School and the Higher Education Committee, a supporter's badge for Ernest Morrison-Bell and items relating to the Ashburton Motor Works.

1920s area has a poster for the Ashburton Choral Society, sale particulars for The Market Hall in 1927, the rules for sales assistants at Cubitt's store, the 'perambulator' used by the St. John's Ambulance and 3 postcards sent to Miss Heather Knight at Orley House.

1930s area has an Oddfellows' jewel from 1933, a 'Hygienic delivery bag' from W. M. Eales, butcher, and a coronation mug from 1937.

1940s area has a christening gown and baby clothes,  war medals, two masonic items, an Identity card from the Second World War and following years, items from G B Soper, butcher, and a Post Office Savings Book

1950s area has a painting of Richard Arscott when Portreeve, a reference from the Ashburton Co-operative Society, an advertising item from Bakery and Confectionery Products Ltd, a booklet from the Golden Lion Hotel, an Ashley Clough jug, a bundle of lighting sticks produced by Charles Hext and a doorknocker from 5, Globe Arch.

1960s area has a paperweight made out of Ashburton marble.