The 1900s 

 From my own collection







Right: Auction notice for plantations and woods,  market and public buildings, a freehold dwelling house and premises (No. 50, North St) and a freehold blacksmith's shop and premises (behind No. 50) being sold by Messrs Sawdye and Son at the Golden Lion Hotel 27 June 1905

Lot 27 (No. 50) is in occupation of Mr J Whiddon, yearly tenant at an annual rent of £6.

Lot 28 (Blacksmith's shop behind No. 50) is in occupation of Mr G French as a yearly tenant at an annual rent of £4.

Why in 2013 No. 56 North Street is followed by No.50

Above: search of No. 50 conducted on behalf of Mr William Martin 21 June 1950. Mr Martin was of 44 North St., and also the Rising Sun, Woodland - publican.

By this date the property was described as: 'All that dwelling house and premises with the stable and yard in the rear situate in North St in the Parish of Ashburton in the County of Devon and now known as No. 50 North Street aforesaid'.

In 1959 the property was described as: '50 North St and land, formerly cottages No.52 and No. 54, also land formerly blacksmith's shop




This is an In Memoriam card for Jane Petherbridge, who died aged 82, October 17th 1901.

When folded the card is 11½ x 7½ cm (4½ x 3 inches).

The left hand section reads: " By grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the Gift of God. Peace, Perfect Peace"

The right hand section reads: " In loving memory of Jane Petherbridge who entered into rest, October 17, 1901, aged 82 years. Funeral at Landscove on Tuesday, the 22nd inst., leaving Ashburton at 1 pm"

Jane was born Jane Coaker circa 1819 at Lydford. She married Richard Petherbridge in the September quarter of 1839 -see Anne Brooks' website for more details.

On the 1861 census (as Pethybridge on FreeCen) they are living at 'Bura' Ashburton - Jane is 42, and Richard, a farmer, is 44. He was born in Buckfastleigh.

On the 1891 census (as Pethybridge on FreeCen) Jane is a widow and living in West St.


 For more on Ashburton blacksmiths, see the Banks and Businesses section, 1900s

Many thanks to Jill Harrison for allowing me to view and photograph the documents above. 

Above and below: A clock produced to celebrate the golden wedding of Robert Coard Tucker and Katherine Margaret Kitson in July 1907. For more on the Tucker family see Individual families.
Many thanks to Brendan Tucker for these photographs.