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ISBN: 1841143472
AUTHOR: Stuart Hands and Pete Webb
The Book of Ashburton (pdf e-book)
The Book of Ashburton (pdf e-book)
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When approached to write one of the Halsgrove Community History Series the authors’ first problem was how does one tackle a place such as Ashburton, which has already taken great care to record its past in one form or another?

It was decided therefore to make this a pictorial history, focusing on the place since the advent of photography.

The history includes chapters on Wars, Faiths, Trades, Pubs, Schools, Utilities, Agriculture & Markets, Transport, Industries, The Nineteenth Century, Worthies, Leisure, Hospital, Events, Sports and Personalities.

Even this was a task of selection from the wealth of photographs and material available. The nature of things is that events receive more attention from the photographer than the everyday life of the parish, for example pictures of the day-to-day life of farming, an important part of the parish, have been hard to come by.

Whilst the focus of the book is the last 130 years, the earlier past has not been forgotten. This puts the late-Victorian era and twentieth century into context as not everyone who reads this book will have access to other published material. Ashburton of the early-twenty-first century recognises its past, whether this be institutions such as the office of Portreeve or the buildings which constitute the town centre. Yet it is also true to say that whilst the community spirit remains, the town is a different place. Until the 1960s, Ashburton had witnessed the decline of its traditional industries and population. Since then, however, Ashburton has discovered for itself a new role, primarily but not exclusively based on tourism. This has brought an influx of newcomers, as elsewhere in Devon. By and large these people have fitted into the community, bringing freshness yet without, in any way, destroying that essential spirit which is Ashburton.

It is this change that the book hopes to illustrate.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 1 84114 347 2, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2004. pdf e-book July 2010.

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