Westbridge_Cottages.jpg

Westbridge Cottages

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Date: 1850
Location: Tavistock, Devonmap
Surname/tag: Street_Study
Last profile change on 30 Oct 2021
15:16: Martin White edited the Tags on Westbridge Cottages. (Added 'Street Study' tag) [Thank Martin for this]
This page has been accessed 1,335 times.


Please feel free to get involved with this topic and contribute and add to the profiles.

Contents

Purpose of the Topic

The 64 Westbridge Cottages were built in 1850 for the 7th Duke of Bedford. At the 1851 census there were 408 residents. This study attempts to follow those early residents.

A block of the Westbridge Cottages

History of the Cottages

in 1845, the Devonshire Great Consolidated Copper Mining Company began to mine what would rapidly become the world's most productive copper mine. A decade later more than one thousand miners were employed at the six different mine shafts, not to mention the railway and the specially constructed port that became necessary on the River Tamar where it became navigable at Morwellham Quay. The duke, who owned the land the mines were on and most of the town of Tavistock, arranged for new housing to be built. The Westbridge Cottages were part of this new building.

The Cottager's address to their Duke

The following is a copy of an address presented by a deputation of the occupiers of the cottages erected by His Grace at Tavistock, in 1850:

COTTAGERS' ADDRESS

Tavistock, July 10

May it please your Grace – We, the undersigned, beg leave to offer to you our earnest and humble thanks for the invaluable boon conferred upon us; we refer to the Westbridge Cottages just erected on your Grace’s property in which we now reside.

Your Grace’s visits to our town would be a reproach to us if we did not gladly avail ourselves of the opportunity now afforded of acknowledging this deep and lasting obligation conferred upon us in having such homes provided for us at a rent like that we are to pay.

We are, your Grace, fathers of families, and up to this time have had to live, many of us in single rooms, with few comforts, - nay, few of the decencies of life; but your Grace, feeling with us, more than merely for us, has now provided houses in which we find all that we could desire in every way put within the reach of our small earning, and we cannot let you now depart without offering, from the bottom of our hearts, our thanks for sympathy like this.

We believe that your Grace’s Tavistock property does not stand alone in its labouring men thus feeling your Christian liberality and care. We hear that in other parts of England you have been first and foremost in thus building up comfort for the poor man’s home. If so, we only trust the more that your Grace will be richly rewarded for works like these – rewarded in this world by the cordial affection and unfeigned respect of all connected with you, and in the world to come by the blessings promised by God to those who never forget the poor.

We have the honour to remain, with humble and earnest thanks, your Grace’s obedient and dutiful servants.

(signed by the 64 tenants)

Retrieved from the 1873 book The History of Bedford and Visitor's Guide by Thomas Allen Blythe (page 88). :

The Blocks and their Tenants

Blythe also lists the following table published in the Bedfordshire Mercury in 1850 at the Duke’s request:

-

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
No.

-

Names of parties
occupying the new
cottages

-

No. of
members
of each
family

-

No. of rooms occupied
by each family before
taking possession of
their present residences

-

Rent
given for
such
rooms

-

First Block£. s. d.

-

1

-

Daniel Pennington

-

613 18 0

-

2

-

Thomas Bennett

-

84 3 18 0

-

3

-

Collan Williams jr

-

613 0 0

-

4

-

Samuel Drake

-

625 0 0

-

5

-

John Tucker

-

514 0 0

-

6

-

Patience Truscott

-

625 0 0

-

Second Block

-

7

-

Benjamin Rodda

-

1024 0 0

-

8

-

Philip Hancock

-

64 5 5 0

-

9

-

James Gale

-

414 4 0

-

10

-

John Alford

-

428 0 0

-

11

-

John Williams

-

414 6 8

-

12

-

Francis Hawke

-

824 10 0

-

Third Block

-

13

-

John Doidge

-

813 18 0

-

14

-

Thomas Jago jun.

-

413 18 0

-

15

-

Edwin Cuddeford

-

839 0 0

-

16

-

Richard Williams

-

513 10 0

-

17

-

James Arthurs

-

423 8 0

-

18

-

Richard Harvey

-

613 0 0

-

19

-

Collan Williams sen.

-

524 4 0

-

20

-

William Rodda

-

425 10 0

-

Fourth Block

-

21

-

Benjamin Werring

-

413 0 8

-

22

-

Thomas Gregory

-

524 0 0

-

23

-

Edward Merrifield

-

423 18 0

-

24

-

John Welch

-

713 7 0

-

25

-

Edward Vigurs

-

423 18 0

-

26

-

Robert Waterfield

-

826 0 0

-

27

-

Philip Lampey

-

313 5 0

-

28

-

John Hockridge

-

424 0 0

-

Fifth Block

-

29

-

William Alford

-

513 0 8

-

30

-

Francis Reele

-

313 0 0

-

31

-

John Torr

-

713 5 0

-

32

-

Abraham James

-

423 0 0

-

33

-

James Heard

-

923 5 0

-

34

-

William Martin

-

622 12 0

-

35

-

William Elliott

-

723 10 0

-

36

-

Benjamin Hodge

-

823 0 0

-

Sixth Block

-

37

-

John Mitchell

-

613 0 0

-

38

-

Richard George

-

722 12 0

-

39

-

Stephen Maynard

-

813 10 0

-

40

-

Samuel Miles

-

725 0 0

-

41

-

Honor Lemin

-

424 0 0

-

42

-

Francis Cock

-

4 13 5 0

-

43

-

Philip Broad

-

524 11 0

-

44

-

John Johns

-

834 0 0

-

Seventh Block

-

45

-

Edward Strike

-

414 11 0

-

46

-

William Clements

-

712 16 4

-

47

-

Richard Bravin

-

613 0 0

-

48

-

Richard Cocks

-

613 15 0

-

49

-

James Tregasgis

-

513 10 0

-

50

-

James Friend

-

1023 18 0

-

Eighth Block

-

51

-

John James

-

723 10 0

-

52

-

William James

-

945 5 0

-

53

-

John Hawke

-

5310 0 0

-

54

-

George Crocombe

-

813 0 8

-

55

-

Thomas Lemain

-

624 0 0

-

56

-

Thomas Torr

-

813 0 0

-

Ninth Block

-

57

-

Richard Horrell

-

3

-

58

-

James Miles

-

512 12 0

-

59

-

John Walters

-

425 0 0

-

60

-

Mary Facey

-

512 10 0

-

Tenth Block

-

61

-

Henry Lavis

-

913 0 8

-

62

-

Sampford Sly

-

8

-

63

-

William Miles

-

522 12 0

-

64

-

Rebecca Bone

-

734 10 0

-

381 106

-

Acknowledgement

Many thanks to Martin Allen for creating this Topic.





Collaboration
  • Login to edit this profile and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Anon Anon and Stephen Trueblood. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
Comments

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.