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

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  ASHTON is a parish and scattered village in St. Thomas's union, containing, by the census of 1861, 347 inhabitants, and 1790 acres; in the deanery of Dunsford, archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter, hundred of Exminster, East Devonshire; 4 miles north from Chudleigh, 8 south-west from Exeter, and 16 north from Torquay, on the east bank of the river Teign. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. Henry Roberts, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1839, at £259 10s. per annum, with residence and 76 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of Jesus College, Oxford. The church is an ancient edifice, in the perpendicular style, dedicated to Saint John, consisting of nave, chancel, and north aisle, with tower and six bells.There is a National School for children of both sexes. There are some small charitable bequests for the benifit of the poor. John Wright Treeby, Esq., is lord of the manor, and he and Mrs. Parker, of Whiteway house, are the chief landowners.


Roberts Rev. Henry, M.A., The Rectory

Trades and Professions.

Barber Francis, farmer, Blachford farm

Bartlett William, "Fisherman," inn and farmer

Beer William, Carpenter

Berry George, farmer

Bradridge Wm., farmer, Higher Barton

Cobley John, parish clerk

Cox Thomas, blacksmith

Edwards Mrs. John, farmer, George Teign

Edwards William, farmer, Combe farm

Harris John, farmer, Lower Bramble

Knowles John, wheelwright, "New inn"



Luscombe - , farmer, Ridon farm

Marks John, miller

Pitts William, miller and farmer

Rich John, tailor and shopkeeper

Short Henry, sexton

Stook Edmund, farmer, Little Cowley

Townsend Richard, shopkeeper

Vooght John, farmer,Bridgelands

White Wm., farmer, Old Manor house

Widbourne William, carpenter


Letters from Bovey Tracy, which is also the nearest money order office.


National School - Miss Thomas, mistress