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Occupiers of Myrtle or Wisteria Cottage: 1835 – 1939

by Rowena Bradnam | Places, Ring of Bells

A summary of the occupiers of Myrtle Cottage, Fore Street, Bishopsteignton, taken from the official parish records

This is the building which is now incorporated in the Ring of Bells.  Originally it was designed to match Cross Gate with one cottage on either side of the end of Radway Hill.  The designer is reputed to be John Nash and the builder William Boone.  It has also been known as Wisteria Cottage.

1835       A cottage in this position was occupied by William Boone.

1841          The Census shows the occupants are Anne Porter, aged 25 independent, with her daughter Sara aged 11 and 2 servants.

1851           The Census shows Amy Vooght, aged 66 and sister Mary Mann, age 55 as occupiers next to blacksmith.

1856          The Post Office Directory shows the occupier as Mr George Tenant.

1857          Hughes Directory shows the occupant as Mr George Tenant.

1861            The Census shows Amy Vooght, aged 86 as occupier next to blacksmith.

1871       The Census shows Amy Vooght, aged 86 as occupier (Between blacksmith and Ring of Bells)

1881        Not mentioned

1883 Kelly’s Directory shows the occupant as Joseph Vooght.  This is repeated in the 1889 edition. This is a cottage near to Teign Villas which took the name.

1891   Census Wisteria Cottage occupied by Martha Underhill living on own means with one house maid.

1901  Census Known as Westeria Cottage  occupied by Alfred Langworthy and family – Groom and coachman.

Hand coloured postcard of Fore Street, Bishopsteignton showing Myrtle Cottage and Blacksmiths

Metal railings outside Myrtle Cottage c 1900

1911  Census Albert John French is publican of the Ring of Bells. Post Office Street. No mention of Wisteria Cottage.

Later the property became the Conservative Club, before it was made part of the public house on the corner of Radway Hill.

1939 Census Charles P Ridgeway Publican Ring of Bells.

20th Century view