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