Name Index


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, Queen349-50
Bennett family337
Berry family337
Berry, Mr335-6
Bonvise, Anthony326
Bowring, Sir John328, 333
Cater family337
Caunter family337
Caunter, Mr H334-6
Charles II329, 347, 349-50
Cranch family337
Dolbeare family337
Edward the Confessor323, 326
Edward I324, 338
Edward II324
Edward III325, 338-40, 346
Edward IV326-7, 330, 344-6
Edward VI327, 346-8
Elizabeth I328, 347-9
Fabyan family327, 337
Fabyan, Robert327
Fabyan, Mr W331
Ford, Mr John329-30
Furnace family337
George I350
George II350
Hamlyn, Messrs337
Henry III338
Henry IV325-6, 341
Henry VI327
Henry V341
Henry VI341-2, 345-6
Henry VII327, 344-5
Henry VIII327, 344-6
Honywill family337
James I324, 340, 347-8
Jefry family337
Linsay family329
Lysons, Messrs329-30
Mary, Queen347
Matilda, Queen323
Raleigh, Sir Walter328
Richard II325-6, 340-1
Richard III344
Smerdon family337
Soper family337
Sparke family337
Stapledon, Bishop323-5, 330
Sunter family337
Totenais, Judhel de324
Tozer family337
Westcote326, 328, 330
Widger family337
Widger, Mr334-5
William II, Rufus324
William III & Mary329, 347, 349-50
Windsor family337
Yard, Mr329-30