Mrs Minnie Pitts Eden

was born in 1859 the eldest daughter of Edward Allen and granddaughter of John Allen of Stowford Lodge and owner of Stowford Paper Mill.
 
In 1881 she married Captain Frederick Morton Eden at Harford Church and the couple made their home at Beacon House (beside Beaconville) in Ivybridge. A son Lionel was born in 1888 but he died age only 16 in 1904. Frederick Moreton Eden was to become a Major.

Minnie Pitts Eden outside Stowford Lodge. She is on the right holding the parasol

Following her husband’s death in 1919, Minnie continued to live at Beacon House, and in 1927 she had Eden Cottages built for women of the parish. The beautiful building was divided into four houses which were later extended into 2 houses and four flats. Upon her death in 1939 her will left a further £12,000 to the Eden Cottages Trust and on the death of her brother and his wife, her home was to benefit the trust as well.
 
In her will, many local charities benefitted from her generosity. She was the benefactor of Eden Cottages in Exeter Road.

MRS MINNIE PITTS EDEN

Benefactor of Eden Cottages, Exeter Road Ivybridge

Minnie Pitts Eden was born in 1859 the eldest daughter of Edward Allen and granddaughter of John Allen of Stowford Lodge and owner of Stowford Paper Mill. She appears in the photograph above holding a parasol.
In 1881 she married Captain Frederick Morton Eden at Harford Church and the couple made their home at Beacon House (beside Beaconville) in Ivybridge. A son Lionel was born in 1888 but he died age only 16 in 1904. Frederick Moreton Eden was to become a Major.
Following her husband’s death in 1919, Minnie continued to live at Beacon House, and in 1927 she had Eden Cottages built for women of the parish. The beautiful building was divided into four houses which were later extended into 2 houses and four flats. Upon her death in 1939 her will left a further £12,000 to the Eden Cottages Trust and on the death of her brother and his wife, her home was to benefit the trust as well.
In her will, many local charities benefitted from her generosity.