Devonia Terrace does not appear in the 1891 Census Records but a lease for several of the houses were dated 1894 so it is safe to assume that Devonia Terrace was built/completed between 1891 and 1894.
From Alphington's Tithe Map a large part of the land used for this development was a pasture field named Higher Borough owned by the Earl of Devon and occupied by George Tavenor. A smaller plot of land was the site of a cottage with a garden behind and behind that a pasture field called Borough owned by William Hayman and occupied by James Downing. In 1841 James Downing was working as a road contractor, his wife was Jane nee Harvey and they had four children William, James, Jane and Thomas. His son James died in 1841 but his burial is not recorded in Alphington. In 1851 James was recorded as a farmer working 20 acres and employing three men. Between 1851 and 1861 James and his family left the village and returned to James' birth place, Werrington, where he died in 1861.
In 1901 and 1902 some of the families residing in Devonia Terrace were: Norman; Martin; Burridge; Marks; Rice; Blackman; Langworthy; Crossing; Frost; Hawkins; Perkins.
In 1911 the families were: Coles; Ash; Dymond; Martin; Stevens; Turner; Skinner; Blackman; Tolman; Langworthy; Crossing; Burridge; Hawkins; Edwards; Liddlecoat; Trobridge; Croft.
In 1922 the properties were held and occupied by the following: number one occupied and held by Mr W. G. Coles; number two occupied and held by Mr G. J. Coles; number three occupied by Mr A. Ash held by Mr J. Scanes; number four occupied and held by Mrs Dymond; number five occupied by Mrs Martin held by Mr H. Scanes; number six occupied and held by Mrs S. Stevens; number seven occupied and held by Mrs C. Farley; number eight occupied and held by Mr W. L. Skinner; number nine occupied by PC J. Kingdon, held by Mrs I Hatswell; number ten occupied and held by Mrs M. A. Tolman; number 11 occupied by Mrs S. Edgecombe and held by Mr W. G. Coles; number 12 occupied and held by Mr F. E. Crossing; number 13 occupied and held by Mrs Ann Frost; number 14 occupied by Mrs E. A. Burridge held by Mrs M. E. Bonus; number 15 occupied by Mr F. Hawkings and held by Mrs P. Lendon; number 16 occupied by Mr C. Edwards and held by Devon County Council; number 17 occupied by Mr G. Buckland and held by Mr E. J. Moxey; number 18 occupied by Miss K. Trobridge and held by Mr H. Scanes; number 19 occupied by and held by Miss M. Crispin; number 20 occupied by PS A. Webb and held by Mr W. G. Coles.
In the same year the houses were sold at auction to the following: number one (this lot included part of Springfield where there were workshops and garden) to Mr W. G. Coles for £90; number two to Mr Coles (possibly C. J.) for £22 10s; number three to Mr Scanes (possibly J.) for £22 10s; number four to Mrs Dymond for £22 10s; number five to Mr H. Scanes for £22 10s; number six to Messrs Houlditch, Anstey and Thompson for £22 10s; number seven to Mrs C. Farley for £22 10s; number eight to Mr W. C. Skinner for £22 10s; number nine to Mrs Hatswell for £22 10s; number ten to Messrs Houlditch for £22 10s; number 11 to Mr W. G. Coles for £22 10s; number 12 to Mr F. E. Crossing for £22 10s; number 13 to Mr J. Scanes for £22 10s; number 14 to Mr W. G. Coles for £22 10s; number 15 to Messrs Houlditch, Anstey and Thompson for £22 10s; number 16 to Mr H. Scanes for £30; number 17 to Mr E. J. Moxey for £22 10s; number 18 to Mr H. Scanes for £22 10s; number 19 to Miss J. Crispin for £22 10s; number 20 to Mr W. G. Coles for £22 10s. The freehold field called Borough extending to 1a 2r 15p and a plot of building land sold to Mr E. Tucker for £290.
In 1946 and 1949 the residents were: number one F West (1949); number two Mrs C. J. Coles; number three Harold John Caseley; number four Mrs R. Bastin; number five Sidney A Boddy grocer's manager; number six W. Steer (in 1949 R. Fortescue Foulkes was recorded); number seven Edward Darke; number eight A. J. Melhuish electrician; number nine W. G. Wilson police constable; number ten J. Westcott; number 11 Mrs E. Esworthy; number 12 Fredk. Ernest Crossing; number 13 Henry Emmanuel Mardon; number 14 E. J. Gibson; number 15 Mrs R. L. Perkins; number 16 R. C. C. Sanders police constable (1946) Tom Hancox police constable (1949); number 17 C. R. miller clerk; number 18 Mrs E. M. Handford; number 19 Miss Crispin (1946) H. Purnell (1949) number 20 Frederick Coles linotype operator.
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