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Ashwater is a parish and a village on the river Carey, half a mile north-west from Ashwater station on a section of the Southern Railway from Exeter to Launceston and Padstow, and 7 miles south-east from Holsworthy; Dunsland Cross station in this parish is 6 miles north of the village, which is in the Tavistock division of the county, hundred of Black Torrington, petty sessional division, rural district of Holsworthy, archdeaconry of Totnes and diocese of Exeter. 


The church of St. Peter consists of chancel, nave, north chapel, south aisle, north porch and a western tower with pinnacles, containing 6 bells, all cast in 1772, and re-hung in 1865 and again in 1908; a new treble bell was added and 3 recast in 1929 at a cost of £250: the font and the north doorway are the only remains of the original Norman church; in the south aisle are recumbent effigies of a knight in plate armour, and a lady, probably representing Thomas Carminow and his wife, of Boconnoc, Cornwall, and here placed by his two daughters and co-heiresses, Joan and Margaret, of whom the former married Sir Thomas Carew and the latter Sir Hugh Courtenay, who was slain at the battle of Tewkesbury on 4 May 1471: in the east window is a memorial to the wife and daughters of the Rev. Thomas Melhuish MA, rector 1897 - 1935. In 1876, the church was restored at a cost of £1200, and in 1889, it was further restored, when the chancel was rebuilt, new-roofed with oak, and re-floored; carved oak choir stalls and other fittings were erected; a carved oak pulipt, executed by John Northcott of this parish, was also presented by the Rev. J. M. Field BA, rector 1864 - 97. There are 300 sittings. The register dates from the year 1558 and records the baptism here of the father of general Monk, afterwards Duke of Albemarle, and also the marriage of his grandfather to a Miss Arscott. the living is a rectory, net yearly value £718, including 22 acres of glebe, with residence in the gift of the Rev. G. D. Melhuish MA and held since 1935 by the Rev. Laurence Cecil Mallett, MA, of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. There are two Methodist Chapels.


In the centre of the village green stands a Celtic cross erected in memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918. the manor was sold in 1908, and is held by several small owners. Most of the farmers own their farms. The soil is chiefly clay; subsoil, clay. The land is principally in pasture, but some oats are grown. Acreage, 8710; the population in 1931 was 664, in the civil and 705 in the ecclesiastical parish.


Post, Money Order and Telegraph Office: Letters from Beaworthy

Railway Stations: Ashwater and Dunsland Cross.



Crocker, Francis, Pristacott

Ellacott, Charles, Kit Hill House

Mallett, Rev. Laurence Cecil, M.A. (Rector) The Rectory

Moon, Mrs. Emma, Hazeldene


Allin, Emily, shopkeeper

Allin, John, farmer, Northgate

Ashton, Mrs. Lucy, farmer, Quoditch

Avery, William, farmer, Ash Cottage

Badcock, William Henry, farmer, Forda

Bailey, Walter, farmer, Sandy Moor

Ball, James, farmer, Thorny Cross

Balsdon, William James, farmer, Muckworthy

Beare, Ernest William, farmer, Pristacott

Boundy, James, farmer, Langaford

Boundy, Richard, farmer, Langaford

Budge, Mrs. Annie, smallholder, Shop Hill

Buse, Mrs. Ellen, smallholder, Swingdon Cottage

Clifton, Frederick, ecclesiastical carver, Rectory Works

Clifton, Robert Henry, tailor, Henford

Cole, Cephas, smallholder, Clarendon House

Cole, John, farmer, Clawford

Cole, William Henry, butcher

Cotton, Archibald, farmer, Visa

Couch, Charles James, farmer, Berringdon

Crocker, Francis, farmer, Pristacott

Daniel, Edward James, carpenter, Newlands

Daniel, William Frederick John, White's, Langaford

Davey, Albert, farmer, Quoditch

Davey, Horace, farmer, Long Lane

Drockett's Store (S & R.J. Dockett)

Dockett, Frederick, farmer, New Buildings

Drowne, Leslie, jun., farmer, Manor Cottage

Drowne, Lewis, farmer, Henford Barton

Ellacott, Thomas, jun. farmer, Larkworthy

Furse, Noel, farmer, East Venn

Gerry, Kelita, farmer, Westdown

Gliddon, Henry Francis, blacksmith

Glover, Miss. Kathleen, District Nurse, Manor Inn

Hamly, Edwin Thomas & son, carpenters, Pristacott

Hancock, Richard, farmer, Quoditch

Harding, Edgar, farmer, East Down

Hart, Joseph, farmer, Barton

Hatch, William, farmer, Burrow

Thomas Headon, smallholder, Heathgate

Hill, John Henry, farmer, Blagaton

Hocking, Samuel, farmer, Muckworthy

Isaac, Mrs. Emily, farmer, Longlands

Isaac, William, farmer, Benson

James, William Henry, farmer, Muckworthy Chapel

Jones, Richard Wickett, farmer, Henford

Jordan, John Wood, farmer, East Statfold

Jory, John James, farmer, Hole

Knight, Heber, farmer, Langaford Lane

Littlejohns, Charles, tailor

Littlejohns, William, farmer, Heath Farm

Luxton, Horace, farmer, West Venn

Luxton, Richard, farmer, Quoditch

Manor Inn (E.J.Bazley)

Martin. Frederick, farmer, Luckcroft

Martyn, Richard John, farmer, Pristacott

May, John Henry, saddler

Metherell, John Martin, yeoman, Buckhorn

Moon, Richard Henry & Sons, grocers, coal and seed merchants

Moon, Albert E, shopkeeper & post office

Northcott, John, architectural wood carver

Northcott, John Henry, carpenter

Oke, Thomas & Son Ltd. corn merchants

Oke, William John, smallholder, Hunscott

Oliver, William, farmer, Henford

Parson, Harold, small holder, West Down Cottage

Pope, Frederick William, farmer, Buckingham Farm, Pristacott

Rice, John, farmer, Widdon

Ruby, Ernest, farmer, Braddon

Sanders, Henry, farmer, Moor Hay

Sanders, Mrs. Norah Grace & Sons, farmers, Arscott

Shadrick, Edwin, farmer, Grindisworthy

Skinner, William, farmer, North Park

Spry, John, miller (water) Ash Mill

Spry, Richard, smallholder, Ash Mill

Squire Archibald, farmer, Hunscott

Squire, Frederick, Hunscott Cottage

Stacey, John farmer & tax collector, Heggardon

Staddon, Mark, farmer, Hay

Stephens, Frederick, farmer, Higher Larkworthy

Stephens, Vernon, farmer, Larkworthy

Stribbley Bros. Grocers

Taylor, Wentworth, farmer, Blagaton

Thorne, James, Ajistment

Tucker, Stanley, farmer, Northgate

Walters, Henry, farmer, Pristacott

Ward, Norman, farmer, Swingdon

Warren, Richard, farmer, Over Pristacott

Watkins, Isaac John, farmer,  Langaford

Watkins, Norman, farmer, Claw Moor

Yelland John & Sons, farmers, Middlecroft and Clawford

Young, Albert Edward, farmer, Statfold


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