The 1850s  

Right and below: A footstool, recovered, made of oak from the old market house. The maker was H Mugridge, and the date 1851

The label underneath, below and below left, says: 'Made of the oak of the old market house, Ashburton, supposed to have stood 500 years, by H Mugridge cabinet maker, West Street, Ashburton 1851'
From a private collection.
For more on H Mugridge, see The Mugridge Family, under Individual Families


These two receipts, above and right, are for goods supplied by W R Whiteway (William Rolstone Whiteway) to J Bowden.

Mr Whiteway was a land agent and agricultural seedgrower, as well as a maltster and hop merchant - he appears here to be supplying seed for pasture.

In addition he was an agent for the Western Annuity Society, and the Sun Fire and Life offices.

The 1856 receipt is signed (twice, once over a stamp) by E Whiteway - probably his wife Elizabeth

1881 census

In 1884 the Western Times had an account of the funeral of Mr Whiteway - he was buried in the 'new portion' of St Andrew's churchyard. It was reported that most of the shops were at least partially closed, and private houses had their blinds closed.

Western Times 25 July 1884 p7 col2


Thanks to Geoff Thursfield for the above items 

Left: A flagon from Husson, Spirit Merchant, Ashburton.

Sold privately, not in my possession. Photograph by R Fouracre.

The date is uncertain, but the Husson family were landlords of the Crispin Inn, and then the Globe Inn (possibly the same premises) in North Street from the 1840s to the 1870s. See the Inns and hotels section under Banks and businesses for more information on the Hussons.