The 1950s

Left: This is an oil painting of Richard Arscott, who was chosen as Portreeve at the end of 1950.

Painted circa 1955 by Jock McClennon (a student potter with Bernard Leach), the chain and robes were finished by Heather Jansch circa 1980.
The robes that the Portreeve wears today are red, but formerly they were purple - the ones that Mr Arscott wore can be seen in Ashburton Museum.

Many thanks to Frances Berry for this item and the informatin on its history.

For more on the inauguration of Richard Arscott, see the Local Administration section, under Gathering Together

From Robin Bligh: 'When I was a child in the 1950s my mother gave me a stamp album for a birthday present. You could buy packets of mixed British and foreign stamps from Mrs Coole at the Wool Shop in West Street, and a lot of my collection came from there.
One day I was invited up to see Mr Coole at 53 East Street, to see his own collection of stamps - he was a keen philatelist. He gave me at least one of the penny reds in my album, or possibly both of them.'

Right: Robin's stamp album
Below: A pair of penny red stamps
With thanks to Robin
In the 1965-66 register of electors Albert F Coole, Constance R Coole, Elizabeth Coole and Peter A Coole were all at 53 East Street.
Pamela Constance Mary Coole, a daughter of Albert and Constance and a Leading Aircraftwoman, had died in 1944. Her grave is in Ashburton churchyard.

This is a reference for Mrs E D Bligh from the Ashburton Co-operative Society. Dated April 1955, the Co-op at that time had departments at Nos. 8,19, 30 and 32 North St. The drapery department was at No. 8, and the regional office was at No. 19

From my own collection

Above left: This is a sheet of plastic, 10cm long by 7½ cm high, advertising goods made by Bakery and Confectionery Products Ltd.

Ernest Owen is shown as the proprietor of the company at 9 and 57 East St. in the !950s Official Guide to Ashburton - for more businesses see the 1900s sub-menu of the Banks and Businesses section.

The object is a bit of a mystery, but was presumably given away to promote the company - could it have been used for bringing ingredients together on a surface, or maybe even for cutting dough, for example? It does fit neatly in the hand.
Whatever its use, the products shown reflect a time when the use of chemicals was seen as modern and progressive.

From my own collection

Above and right:
A booklet produced by the Golden Lion Hotel, probably 1940s or 50s
During July, August and September the cost of a double room was 25/- (Twenty five shillings - £1.25)
Breakfast was 3/6, dinner cost from 5/-
A lock up garage could be had for 10/6 a week.
Attractions of the hotel included its own garden produce, electric light and fires in the bedrooms.

From my own collection

Above : A souvenir jug, this one of a Cornish Pisky, decorated by the Ashley Clough works. It measures approximately 10cm long by 5cm high.

Wendy Major worked for Ashley Clough, in buildings that were situated in the stable block of Waverly Hall, on the right hand side of the drive.

'He had a brown bushy beard and brown eyes. He was a real gentleman. He came down from the Midlands, stayed in Ashburton about 5 years, and then moved to Buckfast. Then he came back to Ashburton.

About 10 of us worked there, applying transfers and then hand painting on top before glazing. We mixed the paint from powder and turps. One particular girl put real gold onto the pottery, which she did with a roller.

I was in charge when Mr Clough came to Ashburton for the second time.

Ashley Clough's second wife was Susan Dawe*, and when he died suddenly Susan started a pottery in Totnes.'

* Ashley E Clough married Susan D Dawe in the June quarter of 1960, Newton Abbot registration district. He had previously married in the Stafford registration district in 1937

Many thanks to Wendy Major for this recollection

From my own collection

Above: A bundle of sticks made by Charles.
My own photograph 2016
Many thanks to Wendy Major for the information opposite, and for allowing me to photograph the item above.
The artist Richard Hext* had several brothers and sisters, including Charles, who was baptised on the 27th May 1908, the day after he was born. This suggests that he was not expected to live.
Parish records
* See Musicians, Poets and Artists, in the sub-menu to Famous Ashburtonians.
He was also disabled - he had club feet, and in later life wore specially built up shoes. The two brothers had a car adapted to their needs, so that Charles could drive Richard around.
Charles made his living by chopping up wood for lighting sticks and selling them in bundles - in the days when most people had coal fires, this would have provided a steady trade. On fine days he would often sit outside his cottage in North Street, cutting up scrap pieces of timber.
Charles died on October 18th 1974
Tombstone in St Andrew's churchyard.

Right: The doorknocker that used to be at 5, Globe Arch.
Globe Arch was roughly where Ashburn Close is now, close to the carpark.
With thanks to R Bligh