prejudiced, but not only do I live in the best County in the England,
as far as I am concerned I also live in the best town in England.
me give you a small insight into the Ancient Stannary (tin mining)
Town of Ashburton.
centre of town is known as "The Bull Ring". Fences used
to be placed along the pavement and the cattle etc would be gathered
in the centre for sale. You can still see on the kerb stones the
holes where the fences used to fit.
kerbs by the way are made from the famous Ashburton stone, another
example of this stone can be seen at the Barbican foot way in Plymouth.
Town Hall in Ashburton with clock tower and weather vane
up North Street you will see the Town Hall.
1848 Lord Clinton built a new Market Hall after the ancient Market
House was demolished.
Clifford's Market Hall was an open and arcade pannier market and
later turned into the Town Hall you see today.
arches are clearly visible when viewed from North Street and the
clock tower is a very similar form to the tower on the old Market
bridge leading to the Car Park is Kings Bridge and you can clearly
see the small leat, which fed the Town Mill.
young boys we were told not to hang around Kings Bridge after dark
as 'Cutty Dyer' the evil water sprite would seek out children, cut
their throats and drink their blood!!!
old wives tale or a story to keep children away from this area?
Who knows, the only thing I know is it worked for me!
out for Cutty Dyer
North Street you will see a small supermarket, this is a slate hung
frontage and is carved the four suits of a pack of cards.
was formally a Gaming House. (Ah the good old day's) 'Churches'
Iron mongers, formally 'The Mermaid Inn' has a medieval granite
arched doorway where General Fairfax the Civil War Roundhead leader
you need and have not been able to find can be obtained in Churches,
it is an amazing shop.
wander into East Street and look for No. 31, it has a fish-scale
slate frontage, as you stand with your back to this building look
up above Lang's the Butchers and observe what must be one of the
best slate chimneys you will find in Ashburton.
the top of East Street is the recently renovated 'Golden Lion Hotel,
built in 1790, now known as Golden Lion House.
opposite at Roborough Lane, which by the way was the main road to
London, you will see a grand water conduit, this used to supply
water to the town.
you walk around Ashburton you will see many small water tapes recessed
in the buildings.