Dashper X Files #12
X Files #12 (posted by Martin Dashper from Essex, UK)
The Dashper House search
I thought I'd check the Devon county
council web site and came
across the following at: http://www.devon-cc.gov.uk/socserve/disc/mocm.html
There is a child minder named Christine Beverley Hedge whose address is Dashpers, The Drive, Holbeton, Devon.PL8 1LY. Holbeton is a village about 10 miles SE of Plymouth.
Follow up (posted by Dave Salsbury of Plymouth, UK on 31/8/2000)
I went to Brixham today, and I spent an hour looking through old books and found an item which might be of interest :- a photocopy of an old Map of Brixham dated 1842 which shows Dashper House (lower center). It was at the top of Dashpers (the road) and the lady said she thought there was some sort of scandal when the house was demolished (when??) as 'they found an arm or a leg or something'. (see Dashper Xfiles #3)
Follow up (posted by Gloria Beek of Ottawa, Canada 19/7/2000)
"That may be the mysterious village of
Dashper I found
about 10 years ago and then promptly lost. Great X
file. I use www.google.com
when I need anything. It is powerful and quick. I
typed in Holbeton and got an answer quick. It is a rather
non-commercial search engine, wonderful for genealogists. I
"HOLBETON, a large straggling village, on an eminence, west of the Erme estuary, and four miles S.W. by W. of Modbury, has in its parish 1120 souls, and 4623 acres of land, extending to Bigbury Bay, and including the hamlets of Mothecombe, Creacombe, and Ford, and many scattered farmhouses, &c. Lime is burnt here, and barges of 70 tons come up the estuary.
Lady Eliz. Bulteel, (daughter of Earl Grey, and a relict of the late J.C. Bulteel Esq.,) is lady of the manor, and has a large and elegant mansion here, called Flete House, which was long the seat of the ancient family of Hele, one of whom was created a baronet in 1627. This branch of the family became extinct in 1716, when the estate passed to the Bulteels. . . . Membland Hall, the seat of Robert Robertson, Esq., formerly belonged to the Rev. Sir Pp. Perring, Bart., and was the occasional residence of his family, one of whom, Sir John Perring, was Lord Mayor of London in 1803, and was created a baronet in 1808. His uncle purchased the estate of the Bulteels, and rebuilt the house. Rd. Holland, Esq., the Rev. W.J. Pinwill, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (All Saints,) is a large and handsome cruciform structure, with a tower, containing six bells, and crowned by a spire. It is mostly in the early perpendicular style, and in the south aisle is a canopied monument, with a recumbent effigy of one of the Heles, and several kneeling figures.
The vicarage, valued in K.B. at
£24. 1s. 8d., and in 1831
at £300, is in the patronage of the crown, and incumbency of the
Rev. Courtenay Bulteel, who has 3A. 1R. 36P. of glebe, and an
[From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
Parish Registers going back to 1619 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office. Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1620 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.
Followup (posted by Mark Dashper of Hastings, New Zealand, on 29/7/2000)
"Found this extract whilst doing a www.google.com search of Dashper. Maybe further information on the origin of the mysterious place called 'Dashpers' but this time in Murton."
At last in 1861 the census enumerator gave some clues as to the streets of early Murton. He repeated the errors of the 1841 and 1851 enumerators and described the first large section of housing he dealt with as simply ‘Murton Colliery’. But for the next section of his stint he mentioned: Surgery Row (not mentioned in later censuses), Coke Row (which became East Street), New House Row or Sinkers Row (which later became part of Durham Place), North Plantation Row (which became Shipperdson Street), South Plantation Row (which later became South Street), Cross Row (not mentioned in later censuses), Tile Row (which later became Railway Street), Chapel Row (which later became another part of Durham Place), Cottage Row and Sandgate Row (which later merged and became Owen Street), Double Row (which later became Lancaster Street), Smokey Row (which later merged with Front Row to become Green Street) & Back Houses (which were not mentioned in later censuses). In fact, though the names of many streets would change, the village was now almost complete apart from the area which would become known as ‘Cornwall’.
Mentioned in the 1861 census of Murton were a few Irish and Welsh families but not one from Devon or Cornwall. The Cornish and Devonian tin and copper industry collapsed in the early 1860s in the face of overseas competition and many of the workers migrated to the northeast and other coalmining areas. By the time of the 1871 census there were some 25 families all living in the same part of Murton, a brand new block of 12 rows which had not existed ten years earlier. This was the origin of the name ‘Cornwall’ for that area, officially known as ‘Greenhill’. There is still a Cornwall Estate in Murton today, a council estate, but ‘Old Cornwall’ is long gone, demolished in the 1950s and 1960s.
The first of these migrants were merely the scouts, the vanguard, of far more who would appear in time for the censuses of 1881 and 1891. The same phenomenon can be observed in the rest of Easington District in the censuses of 1861-91 inclusive, especially at New Seaham and Wingate Grange collieries. A row was named Cornish Street at New Seaham, an entire district at Murton. The immigrants came from such places as Collumpton, Horrabridge, Egbuckland, Beerferris, Tavistock, Whitechurch, Walkhampton, Oakhampton, Mary Tavy and Inwardleigh in Devon and Calstock, Beeralstone, Callington, Liskeard, Stoke Climsland, St. Germans, Northill, St. Ives and St. Just in Cornwall. The following southwestern surnames appeared in Murton and Easington District for the first time in the 1860s and are still present today:
Blackmore, Newcombe, Tremaine, Colville, Bolt, Cornish, Hampton, Milford, Nancarrow, Peardon, Main, Pascoe, Trewicke, Tilley, Hemphill, Bray, Spry, Lavis, Dashper, Beer, Henwood, Hocking, Vine, Blackwell, Pine and Jane.
X Files #12 Case solved (thanks to Dave Salsbury of Plymouth, UK on 6/10/2000)
Went to Brixham today and consulted "the man who knows it all" - Tony Morton - Treasurer of the Historic Brixham Society. Dashpers House was renamed in the 1920's to Summerlea House, by 1949 it had been split into a number of Flatlets. It was demolished in 1964/1965, since which a Housing Estate, the Eden Estate, has been developed on the property and grounds thereof. About 50 houses have been built, which indicates how much ground was attached to Dashpers.
I think I have solved the gruesome mystery, as Tony produced two newspaper cuttings. This mystery was also the subject of a BBC1 TV program on the 7th October, 1994. I contacted the BBC but there was no video made of the programme, although I might be able to view it if I went to Reading or London. I also contacted a Mr Ivan Parsons this evening, he is a Historical Photographer specialising in Brixham, but he does not have a photo of Dashpers House.
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