The 1900s 

Right and below:
An In Memoriam card for Jane Petherbridge, who died aged 82, October 17th 1901.
When folded the card is 11½ x 7½ cm (4
½ x 3 inches). The funeral was to be at Landscove on Tuesday, the 22nd inst., leaving Ashburton at 1pm.
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. Accessed 05-08-2017
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.
From my own collection


Right: Pre-printed receipts, sold by C N Dent, Printer, Ashburton. These have all been used in September, 1903, in connection with the estates of  C H B Goodwin and Mrs Caroline Goodwin.
From my own collection

Charles Napier Dent, a letterpress printer, stationer and bookseller, is at Caxton House, East Street for the 1911 census. His wife and daughter assist him in the business, whilst his 15 year old son is at school.
1911 census RG14, piece no 12728
For more on C N Dent see Booksellers, Bookbinders, Printers and Stationers under Banks and Businesses.

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 27th 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.

Above and right: Why in 2013 No. 56 North Street is followed by No. 50.
In 1950 a search of No. 50 was conducted on behalf of Mr William Martin. Mr Martin was of 44 North St and also of 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.'

For more on blacksmiths, see the Banks and Businesses section, 1900s.
Many thanks to Jill Harrison for allowing me to view and photograph the documents above.


Left 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


The postcard says: 'I don't know I am sure who's turn it is to write but thought I would send you a P. C. I hope dear you are keeping well also all at home. I dare say you will be surprised to hear that I am leaving Bideford the first week in Sept. as my people are leaving Bideford have taken a house in Surrey so of course I don't want to go so far away.
Very unsettled weather we have been having, do hope it will a bit more settled soon. My love to all at home, trusting all are well. Fred seems to be keeping well. Yrs, Edward'
Left and below: A postcard sent in 1907 to Miss E A Hutchings, North Street, Ashburton.
It seems likely that this is Emma Amelia Hutchings, a daughter of William Henry Hutchings, an earthenware dealer.
On the 1911 census Emma is 34 and single, and is a shop assistant in earthenware.
1911 census RG14, piece no. 12727

From my own collection

Right and below: 'Boswell's Life of Johnson' given as a prize at Ashburton Grammar School in 1908.
The recipient was H Willcocks, then in From 4; the headmaster was James Mortimer.
H Willcocks was possibly (but not certainly) Harold Willcocks, the son of Charles and Rebecca Willcocks.
By the time of the 1911 census the family were living in Stone Park Terrace, and Harold, 15, is still at school.

His elder sister Winifred Mary is a student teacher employed by Devon County Council.
1911 census RG14, piece no 12725

See the 1910s section of the Virtual Museum for another prize book from Ashburton Grammar School.
Many thanks to Kevin Twomey for this object