Ashburton - always close to my heart. I spent many a holiday here in the 1960's and 1970's as a child, from London, and went back in the late 1980's when I was studying and living in Cardiff - the family had moved to South East Essex by then, although at the time, my parents had the opportunity to buy a house in Ladwell Square, but we missed out - my huge regret. I moved to Bristol with my work, but my aim is to retire to Ashburton, should the opportunity arise. I have made the first step by marrying a Devonshire lass eight years ago!
Chris Ivory, Bristol
On my many visits to Devon during the course of each year,I always
make Ashburton my first place to visit.I always feel at home whenever I am
there.The picture on your homepage says it all!
Tony Fox - Moira Leics
I have only seen Ashburton on the net but it looks beautiful. I,
like many others am doing the family history and found that my maternal
great grandfather was born in Ashburton in 1823. His father and grandfather
were born there also. I have only managed to go back to 1771 as yet. John
Foot (1823-1903) married Elizabeth Turner (1824-1905)at Gages Mill in
December 1844 and left for Australia in 1856. They eventually were granted
land at Quirindi N.S.W. They named the property "Ashburton" and the area
Castle Mountain. My grandfather and my mother were born at Ashburton, New
South Wales Australia. I hope to visit one day soon and will be booking
into Gages Mill for part of my journey back in time.
Kevin Hughes - Australia
A lovely little town. If only I could park somewhere I would come
and shop. As it is I've had to drive away without having the chance to look
at let alone spend any money in your shops.
Lizzie - Tavistock
I used to live in Ashburton a few years ago in Kellett Close.
Really miss the calming culture of Ashburton. WIll most definatly return
again one day for a visit fab place x
Amy Evans - Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
What a beautiful little village! I have visited Devon before many
years ago with my parents but I am so glad I have visted as an adult!!
Angela Hill - Stockton on Tees
Until recently, I had never visited Devon and had never heard of
Ashburton. My friend and I arrived in Ashburton last month, exhausted from a
long journey, having spontaneously decided that we both deserved a holiday!
I didn't know where to go or where to stay, and there right on the car park
behind the Town Hall was your Information Centre - a beacon to two weary
travellers! The staff were so helpful and friendly, especially Janet (I
think she is the Manager - and what a fine job she does!). The Information
Centre was very well laid out. We purchased a couple of local history books,
and visited lots of places on Dartmoor whilst making our base in Ashburton.
Through Janet, we learnt all about your town's history, even about electoral
reform after visiting St Lukes Church - on Janet's recommendation! Janet
also told us about the Agaric, where we enjoyed marvellous food and we had a
drink in the wine bar down the road. There are so many wonderful antique
shops in Ashburton - I spent a fortune!Happily, when I got home, even my
husband was impressed with my purchases! We are coming back next year with
both our families. The grandchildren will stay at Dart Country Park with
their parents and we will be staying at the Agaric. What a terrific,
friendly, welcoming town with an Information Centre which is so well
placed - and second to none! It must be a marvellous boost to your local
businesses. Thank you so much for a very enjoyable week.
Mrs Audrey Stephenson-Smythe - Richmond, Surrey
Joyce and I loved to visit Ashburton and Doris Turner our dear
friend at Melrose, happy days that live on in my heart.
Walter Evans Knighton - Powys
I am trying to compile a list of former Ashburton Carnival Queens so that there can be a permanent record on the Carnival Royalty Float. If you were a former carnival queen, or you know who was queen in a particular year, please contact me by phone or e-mail. Many thanks.
Rod Moore 01364 652196
Good luck to Ashburton AFC in their quest to advance into the
final of the George Belli Cup. Its many years since I battled with Phil
Goodwin for the only large shirt in the kit bag. But it was always a
pleasure to play alongside Paddy Harding, Mike Harding, Dougie Distin,
Adrian Daw, Lol Avery, Rob Brailley, Pete Wooton, John Brixey, Barry French
and many more stalwarts of the club. Not forgetting Cyril Bowen who would be
shouting encouragement to us from the touchline. Well I think it was
encouragement, because he always did it with a smile. I recall we were
playing Upton Reserves in Torquay and one of their players, Puff Gibson, was
getting a bit 'niggly' so Cyril told me to sit on him, hoping he would react
and draw the ref's attention. I kind of misinterpereted what Cyril said and
'upended' Mr Gibson a few times, and at halftime Cyril came over to me and
said, smiling, I didn't mean sit on him literally, just to mark him closely.
David 'Jerry' Dawson - Torquay
How I miss Ashburton I grew up there but haven't been back for
30 years one day if I'm lucky.
Deena Macadam née James - Woodbine NSW Australia
Ashburton can only be described as gods own town where no matter
who you are you can always be sure of a warm welcome. I grew up there until
I married in 1985 and moved away, however Ahsburton has and always will be
home it's where my heart really is. Last month I saw my dad William (Bill)
Shapley sworn in as the new master baliff I felt so proud of him and of the
town I grew up in among such wonderful people. It only leaves me to say good
luck dad in your office and you can count on our support wherever possible.
Carolyn Nicholls -Taunton
Interesting to read the visitor's book and recognize familiar
names. On a personal note I would like to offer my heartiest congratulations
to William James Shapley on being sworn in as the new Master Bailiff. Have a
very good year in this historic office, of the Ancient Stannary Town of
David 'Jerry' Dawson - Torquay
Thank you to one of your wonderful locals, Linda P, who sent me the link for your fabulous website! My GGG Grandfather, John EALES (1799 - 1871), was born in Ashburton to John Eales Sr & Elizabeth Leaman (1775 - 1804). I'm trying to break through a family tree brick wall, that is pre-Australian Eales, so if there are any extended family members out there, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Drury - Brisbane - Australia
My three times great grandmother Grace WEBBER b. 1836 came from
Ashburton, as did her father and mother, Richard WEBBER b. 1798 and Elizabeth WEBBER nee LEAMAN b. 1802. I would love to hear from any decendents,contact: email@example.com
Brian Pritchard - Chester, Cheshire
I have not been to Ashburton but intend visiting some time later
this year. My maternal Great grandmother Sarah Jane Matterface was born in Ashburton in 1833 and later moved to Bickington when she married my Great
grandfather Mathew Nosworthy in 1856.My grandfather was born in Bedford in 1869 and immigrated to South Africa at the turn of the century. I am keen to find out if there are still Matterfaces in Ashburton and whether we are
BARBARA WALLS - CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
My paternal grandfather, John Henry Knowles, was born in Ashburton on 7 May 1893.He emigrated to Australia in 1911 and served in the Great War where he was severely gassed. He returned to Australia, married, had 12 children and passed away in 1945.I would love to hear from any relatives in Ashburton.
Kevin Knowles - Melbourne, Australia
My father (Russell H. Martin) was born in Ashburton, I lived and
was schooled there. He met my mother there during the war, he served in the
Navy, moved to London in 1953. Our family tree goes back 900 years to an abandoned child later named "FOUND" and in later years due to marriage became "MARTIN". My grandparents (William and Beatrice) owned various properties in the area including the Royal Oak (19??), London Hotel(1950), Rising Sun (Woodlands 1953) then moved into town... to Stapledon Lane, what was then 22 Back Lane. I have returned for short visits during the past few years and love every moment of it. I am a Londoner by birth but my heart belongs to Ashburton and it is the place that I really feel "HOME sick" for. When my ship comes in.... I shall return there with my fathers
ashes. I still have cousins living in the Torbay area (Christine Lunt and Edward Lutly) I am presently living in North Carolina, USA. Please feel
free to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org I am also looking for
anybody that may have knowledge of my family. Let's all hope for a better 2009.
Roy Martin - London, UK
It is great to finally have a visual of Ashburton. My ancestors
came over from Ashburton to Newfoundland in 1829. Would love to have the
opportunity to visit one day. Any Bearns in the area feel free to contact me
Karen Bearns - St John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Ashburton was mentioned while researching my family tree. Mary
Toor was born about 1826 and emigrated to Canada with her husband, Arthur Horton and daughter Elizabeth about 1851.If you have any knowledge about this contact me Karen_horton41@hotmail.com. Thanks in advance.
Karen Horton - Fonthill, Ontario,Canada
Hello everybody in Ashburton!! I am trying to find out a bit about
my Mum, whose name was JACKIE POWE, who died in 1991 of Cancer. She
grew up in Ashburton and lived in Torquay for some years. If anyone has any stories
about her they would like to share them with me please contact me on
email@example.com. Many Thanks, Katy
Katy Winter - Warminster, Wilts
My grandmother lived at Station Cottages. She died in the 1960`s. We spent all our holidays in Ashburton when we were children. I remember listening to the trains from our bedroom and rushing out to the cattle market on market days. The pub was still named The Railway Arms if I
remember correctly. We would often walk out to Widecombe-in-the-moor to
visit some of our other relatives. A great uncle ran a bus service to Newton on wednesdays and another uncle lived in Compton Castle.(He was the gardener by the way). What super memories we have of Ashburton.
John Beard - Hampshire
I am from Basingstoke, England and my grandma lives in Ashburton and I used to visit her all the time there, it is a beautiful place to be. It is so magical!
Melissa Heatley - Canada
Nice and well organised, lots of pictures and links. I
might be moving to Ashburton soon and I think it is rather like Aylsham.
Lily - Buxton, Norwich, Norfolk
My entire family were fortunate enough to stumble upon
Ashburton during our July 2006 vacation. All 14 of us rented The Gathering.
While most of our days were spent traveling to different parts of England, most of us enjoyed the time we spent in your quaint little town. We met
some wonderful people at the Exeter Inn and thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality. To the kids in our group, the local boys they met were wonderful especially Chris, Phil & Joel. All of us are looking forward to coming back for another visit in the next few years. Our new favorite place to visit!!!
Kim Wise - Springfield, PA USA
I love it here - My friends say I live in a lovely place - this is true - I hope I never have to leave.
Miss L. Bottom - Ashburton
Have just been down to Ashburton after browsing family name
on the net and coming up with St.Gudula's well and Gulwell Cross and Gulwell farm. Found all of them (tucked away!)but what happened to the place Gulwell, mentioned as the birthplace of your 1st. Lord Ashburton,John
Dunning? And Gulwell Bridge? More trips needed, I think, and some local help please!
Lynda Gulwell - Chippenham, Wiltshire
Its me again! i came down to ashburton for half term to see
my dad, had a great time again as usual! its a nice place to be in and theres very friendly people there! coming back down at christmas, can't wait!! hiya to all my lads down there love you all, see you soon. hold tight love
Angela Hadley, Leamington Spa
I had a fantastic time. Did an 8 mile hike round Hound
Tor and Haytor, visited the River Dart and various other locations close by. The accommodation was great, I stayed at my aunties!!!! Will definitely come back so watch out!!!
Trudi - Leicester
Visited in 2001 after 40 yrs of being away lived in St Lawrence Lane next to PO in 1959. I was 11 years old, it was great to go back to my old school and house, I am now 58. My name was Harrison we had a shop there called Daintyland it was later a mens wear shop now it is vacant.
Elaine Riley - Australia