Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870

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Transcribed by Val HENDERSON

Checked by Sybil CAMERON


Pages 453 - 454

  ASHPRINGTON is a village and parish in the Totnes union, containing, by the census of 1861, 537 inhabitants, and 2790 acres; in the deanery and archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Coleridge, South Devonshire, near the confluence of the river Harbourn with the estuary of the Dart, and the river Washbourne runs through the parish; 2 1\2 miles south-east from Totnes, 7 north-west from Dartmouth, and 10 south-west from Torquay. The rectory, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. George W.T. Carwithen, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1844, at £537 per annum, with residence and 28A. 3R. 17P. of glebe land. The church is a handsome edifice, in the Perpendicular style, dedicated to St. David, consisting of nave, chancel, and north and south aisles, with tower and five bells, and was extensively repaired in 1845 by Richard Durant, Esq., at a cost of £1,000. There is a school for children of both sexes, which was erected in 1846. The rateable value of the parish is £4,673.

  SHARPHAM HOUSE, the seat of Richard Durant, Esq., D.L., J.P., who is lord of the manor and chief owner of the soil, is a handsome mansion, in the midst of well-wooded grounds, on the west bank of the river Dart.

  BOW, half-a-mile; PAINSFORD, 1 mile; WASHBOURN, 2 miles; and YETSON, three-quarters of a mile, are hamlets, forming part and parcel of this parish.

  TUCKENHAY, 1 mile from the church, in another hamlet, in which there is a paper mill.

Clergy and Gentry.

Blackbough Mr., Steps cottage

Carwithen Rev. George W.T., M.A., rector, Ashprington house

De Schmid Charles, Esq., Springfield house, Tuckenhay

Durant Richard, Esq., J.P.D.L., Sharpham house

Landon Rev. Whittington Henry, M.A., The Rectory

Lloyd Richard, Esq., Spring bank, Tuckenhay

Michelmore Philip, Esq.,Painsford house

Turner Richard, Esq., Tuckenhay house

Williams Mrs., The Hermitage

Young Arthur, Esq., Yetson house


Trades and Professions.

Bettye Mrs. Anna Maria, schoolmistress

Bowden John Henry, boot and shoemaker

Buckingham Henry and Son, carpenters

Burgoyne John, mason

Camp James, cider retailer, Bow

Chudley John, miller, Washbourne

Earle John, farmer, Brooking farm

Elliott John, baker and shopkeeper

Ellis Richard John Langworthy, "Ashprington" inn

Ewins William, butcher, Bow bridge

Hannaford John, "Maltsters' Arms," Tuckenhay

Harris John, farmer, Washbourne

Harvey John, dairyman

Hudge Richard, dairyman

James William, shopkeeper and sub-postmaster, Tuckenhay

Life Thomas, blacksmith, Washbourne

Lizard Thomas Edward, farmer, Sharpham Barton

Lodge John, smith and edge tool maker, "Waterman's Arms," Bow

Mann Joseph, farmer, Yetson

Manning Chas., maltster and coal merchant, Tuckenhay

Manning John, farmer, Washbourne

Mason Charles, yeoman, Ashprington court

Newland Mrs. Elizabeth, baker and shopkeeper

Palk James, miller and farmer, Bow mills

Peek William, farmer, Yetson

Rawle William, farmer, Parchwood

Robins George, dairyman

Roper Thomas, millwright and blacksmith

Rouse Edward, farmer, Washbourne

Treeby John, miller, Tuckenhay

Turner Richard, paper manufacturer, Tuckenhay

Wood John, miller and farmer, Painsford mill

Wyatt Samuel, tailor and parish clerk



Post Office, Tuckenhay - William James, sub-postmaster. Letters from Totnes arrive at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 5 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Totnes.


School - Mrs. Anna Maria Bettye, mistress






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