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Sketch of Ashburton and the Woollen Trade

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 8 (1876), pp. 323-350.


P.F.S. Amery

Prepared by Michael Steer

Ashburton, a major stannary and market town prospered in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as a centre of woollen cloth manufacturing and as 'a great thoroughfare' for traffic between Plymouth and London. The production of a coarse cloth known as long ells continued to be the town's 'staple trade', employing 'a great many hands', but this had reached its peak by the 1820s and depended heavily on access through the East India Company to the Chinese market. Mechanisation in the early 18th century and the dumping of serge onto the world markets by the East India Company brought the death knell to the industry. An Appendix provides a comprehensive record of statutes affecting the woollen trade from Magna Carta to George II. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.
Ann, Queen 349-50
Bennett family 337
Berry family 337
Berry, Mr 335-6
Bonvise, Anthony 326
Bowring, Sir John 328, 333
Brictric 323
Cater family 337
Caunter family 337
Caunter, Mr H 334-6
Charles II 329, 347, 349-50
Cranch family 337
Dolbeare family 337
Edward the Confessor 323, 326
Edward I 324, 338
Edward II 324
Edward III 325, 338-40, 346
Edward IV 326-7, 330, 344-6
Edward VI 327, 346-8
Elizabeth I 328, 347-9
Fabyan family 327, 337
Fabyan, Robert 327
Fabyan, Mr W 331
Ford, Mr John 329-30
Furnace family 337
George I 350
George II 350
Hamlyn, Messrs 337
Henry III 338
Henry IV 325-6, 341
Henry VI 327
Henry V 341
Henry VI 341-2, 345-6
Henry VII 327, 344-5
Henry VIII 327, 344-6
Honywill family 337
James I 324, 340, 347-8
Jefry family 337
Linsay family 329
Lysons, Messrs 329-30
Mary, Queen 347
Matilda, Queen 323
Moll 333
Raleigh, Sir Walter 328
Richard II 325-6, 340-1
Richard III 344
Risdon 325
Smerdon family 337
Soper family 337
Sparke family 337
Stapledon, Bishop 323-5, 330
Sunter family 337
Totenais, Judhel de 324
Tozer family 337
Turner 323
Westcote 326, 328, 330
Widger family 337
Widger, Mr 334-5
William II, Rufus 324
William III & Mary 329, 347, 349-50
Windsor family 337
Yard, Mr 329-30