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03 July 2014

Devon book trades: Kingsbridge

Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History; 7
The Devon book trades: a biographical dictionary

1848. Reading room to be established EFP 20/7/1848 3e.

Kingsbridge. Bartlett, William. Bookseller etc. Fore Street 1844d.

Kingsbridge. Bartlett, William Groves. Bookseller, printer, stationer. Fore Street 1830d-1840d. Agent to Standard life Insurance Office 1840d. Imprints: 1836: Elliott.

Kingsbridge. Busvine, James. Printer. Fl. 1799. Sources: Dredge p.115.

Kingsbridge. Byers, W. Printer. Printed publicans' recognizances used 1826. Devon Q/S 63.

Kingsbridge. Crews, Charles. Printer, bookseller, bookbinder, stationer. Fore Street 1830d.Born: 1788, Newton Abbot. Married: Mary Branscombe 25 Oct. 1810, Newton Abbot. Children: Charles, born 1814, printer in Newton Abbot, John Branscombe, born 12 Nov. 1815, printer in Newton Abbot, Samuel, born 1825, apprentice printer in Newton Abbot. Died: June 1864, IslingtonResided before 1818 in St. Johns, Newfondland. Returned to Newton Abbot area by 1818. Recorded as schoolmaster in Wolborough, Newton Abbot in 1841 census, schoolmaster in St Pancras, London in 1851 census. Described as retired printer in Marylebone, Middlesex in 1861 census. Sources: information from descendant.

Kingsbridge. Davis, Alfred. 1878. Printer. Fore Street 1878. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Denner. 1805? Printer. Fl. c1805. Sources: Worth p.513.

Kingsbridge. Fairweather Brothers. 1902. Printers. Fore Street 1902. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Fairweather, James. 1889-1893. Printer. Fore Street 1889-1893. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Fox, Charles. 1878. Printer. 37, Fore Street 1878. Trade mark illustrated 1878. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Friend, George Pearson. Bookseller, stationer, printer. Kingsbridge 1852-1873 ; Fore Street 1852d-1856d ; Plymouth 1873-1881. Born: 1827, Totnes. Married: Children: Emily. Widowed in 1871 ; married Mary Farley, two children born c. 1873 and 1875. Died: 1909. Probably succeeded to Thomas Roberts business on his death. A drawing made by the Italian Protestant exile Count Piero Guicciardini, who was apparently attending a meeting of Plymouth Brethren in October 1853 in Kingsbridge, shows a shop front with the name "FRIEND-ROBERTS" and the picture is labelled: 'a casa di Mr Friend-Roberts, librojo, presso cui sono stato' ('at the house of Mr Friend-Roberts, bookseller with whom I stayed'). Further down the hill on the right is the caption 'Ingresso all' alto solajo dei Fratelli' ('Entrance to the upstairs attic of the [Plymouth] Brethren'). Friend was probably connected with the Plymouth Brethren. As a widower he was still living at the Stamp Office, Fore street with his daughter Emily in 1871 where he had published the Kingsbridge Gazette since 1854. He disposed of his interest in the Gazette to Charles Fox in November 1873 when he removed to Plymouth. (S.P. Fox, Kingsbridge and its Surroundings (Printed by G P Friend, Plymouth 1874) p. 41]. Continued as publisher in Plymouth. Bookseller (2 Apr. 1877 p. 392) announces dissolution of partnership with Thomas Gregory Gutch (probably formerly of Southampton) in the business of 'Printers, Stationers, Bookbinders, Stereotypers and Lithographers and carried on at Nos 60 and 61 Union Street, Plymouth under the firm of Friend and Co'. In 1877 he and others appear to have registered a patent 'for an invention of "Improvements in the manufacture of artificial leather"' (Commissioners of patents' journal 24 Sep. 1880 p. 623). In 1881 described as "Manager of a brewery, 8 Bedford Terrace". By 1891 he and his wife had moved to Fulham London where they were living with his daughter Emily and her husband. Imprints: 1859: Marriott; 1861: Luscombe; 1864: Fox. Sources:Information from Timothy C F Stunt, Danbury CT ; census returns.

Kingsbridge. Gill, J. R. and Son. 1914-1923. Printer. 103 Fore street, Kingsbridge 1914 ; 101 & 103, Fore Street 1919-1923. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Gill, John Robert. 1889-1910. Printer. 101, Fore Street 1889-1902 ; 103 Fore street, Kingsbridge 1910. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Granville, Henry. Printer. Registered presses in Devonport and Kingsbridge 18/3/1833. Sources: DRO Q/S 68.

Kingsbridge. Kelland, Albert Edward. 1910-1926. Printer. Duke Street, Kingsbridge ; 1910 ; 15 Ebrington Street, Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge 1914-1926. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. King, George Andrew. Printer, bookseller, stationer. 1850d; Fore Street 1852d-1856d. Printed order for reception of pauper patient used 1851. Imprints: 1852: Langdale; single prints (Somers Cocks) c1848: 251.

Kingsbridge. Lugger Brothers. 1923-1939. Printer. 83, Fore Street. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Marshman, Ernest P. 1914-1919. Printer. Fore Street, Salcombe 1910-1926 ; 67, Fore Street, Salcombe 1935-1939 ; 37 Fore Street, Kingsbridge 1914-1919. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Marshman, H. J. 1923-1926. Printer. 37, Fore Street 1923-1926. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Parkhouse, Douglas. 1878. Printer. 52, Fore Street 1878. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Pound, George. Tract &c. depot. 1850d.

Kingsbridge. Pound, George E. 1878. Printer. Fore Street 1878. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Prideaux, Roger. Bookseller. Advert EFP 22/2/1765 3a. Agent for lottery tickets EFP 17/11/1780 1d.

Kingsbridge. Rich, Mrs. A. 1914. Printer. 87 Fore st. Kingsbridge 1914. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Rich, W. R. J. 1910. Printer. 85, Fore Street 1910. Sources: Directories.

Kingsbridge. Roberts, Thomas. Bookseller. Fore Street 1844d; [no address] 1850d. Died: EFP 1/5/1851 8f. Probably succeeded by Geroge Pearson Friend.

Kingsbridge. Southwood, Richard. Printer, bookseller, stationer, circulating library. A few doors above the Quakers' Meeting House and opposite the Bank 1819; Fore Street 1823d-1830d. Apprenticed in Plymouth. Apprentices included Samuel Rowe of Plymouth. Established c1810. Selling a carriage EFP 18/3/1813 1b. Printed publicans' recognizances used 1823-28, highway repair order used 1813, Devon Q/S 63, 113A/47/1. Imprints: 1819: Hawkins; 1821: Hicks. Sources: Dredge p.115; Worth p.509, 513.

Kingsbridge. Steere, Roger. Printer. Registered press 29/4/1825. Sources: DRO Q/S 69.

Kingsbridge. Taylor, Jesse. 1878. Printer. Fore Street 1878. Sources: Directories.

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