Welcome to Ivybridge Uncovered

A Mill Town Heritage

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The Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group aims to celebrate the rich history of Ivybridge and is dedicated to promoting a lively interest in the Town’s background and development by researching, collecting and preserving archives and photographic records of this unique Mill Town.

Welcome to Ivybridge Uncovered

A Mill Town Heritage

ivybridge-heritage-logo

The Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group aims to celebrate the rich history of Ivybridge and is dedicated to promoting a lively interest in the Town’s background and development by researching, collecting and preserving archives and photographic records of this unique Mill Town.

Welcome to Ivybridge Uncovered

A Mill Town Heritage

ivybridge-heritage-logo

The Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group aims to celebrate the rich history of Ivybridge and is dedicated to promoting a lively interest in the Town’s background and development by researching, collecting and preserving archives and photographic records of this unique Mill Town.

Explore the fascinating technique of watermarking paper which is explained in detail over several web pages. Follow the journey from the first watermarks created at Stowford Paper Mill in the mid nineteenth century to the very last one made in 2013 to mark the end of paper making in Ivybridge after 226 years of continuous production.

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In 1909 Post Offices became the principal payment agency for social security benefits which began with old-age pensions. Stowford Paper Mill was the supplier of pension payment slip paper from 1926, business which was to remain in Ivybridge until paper-based pension books were phased out in 2003. 

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Primroses from Devon

Each April Stowford Paper Mill sent out locally picked primroses to all of its customers around the country. Each box contained two bunches of 50 primroses together with 5 leaves. However, due to growing environmental concerns in the 1980s this tradition ceased at the end of that decade.

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Postage Stamps mobile link
Pension paper mobile link
Land Surveying
People of Ivy
Primroses from Devon mobile link
People of Ivybridge Homepage 2019

Several streets and buildings in Ivybridge bear the name of former residents

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Ivybridge Town Council
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Devon County Council - Copy
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