Tithe 1130/1: 1187 C/R 29
A Bakehouse is first recorded (in the Church Rates) in
1766, held by Martha Dench. The house, which appears to be originally 2 cottages
was probably built in the early 1700’s. The left hand cottage has an axial
stack, which might suggest of 17th. century origin and the right hand later.
They were both 2 room cottages.
The 1779 Auction Prospectus lists the leaseholder as
Matthew Goodyear Palmer, Messuage & tenement & 14 ˝ acres Rent 6/-. His
wife, Nancy, was a member of the Venn family who may have been Bakers and
holding the Lease earlier. By 1790 Survey the lease was held by Nicholas Ellis.
Nancy Palmer is still named as a Life, as is Nicholas’ wife Grace (nee
Hollett). He was baker and a Churchwarden at Otterton Church from 1795 to 1809.
He died in 1825. His wife Grace continued with the lease to her death in
In 1839 Henry Roberts, White Bread Baker, took out a new
99 year lease Rent 6/6d, Dwelling House, bakehouse, offices. Garden, orchard “all
corn, grain & malt to be ground at Otterton Mill”.(CDE 20045) He had
probably been working for Mrs. Ellis before her death. Does this indicate that
the old lease had expired and the building was erected in 1740? Henry, Walter
and Charles Roberts were baking there until 1870 James Bridle took the lease in
1871 and died 10 years later. He had previously been running a bakehouse in
premises between Goslings smithy and Spinning Wheel cottage (Tithe 1049) and was
from Newton Poppleford. On his death his widow Charlotte with her son Arthur,
continued the bakery until she went out of business caused by her other son
Walter and just before her death in 1890.
Walter Bridle “had for years delivered bread to the
Barley Mow, (Inn in Colaton Raleigh), receiving liquor in return and never
having a settlement of his bill” . “By his profligacy nearly ruined his
mother and sisters, ultimately compelling them to sell the goodwill of their old
established trade of bakers……to make a living dress tucking” (Letter d/d
17.03.1891 Lipscombe to Frere London Solicitors CDE Letter Books)
By 1894 Rentals Mrs. Jemima Snow, dgt. Henry Roberts &
life on 1839 Lease, Is holding it. Later in the 1890’s Thomas Brewer moved
from Exeter to Otterton and took the bakery over. He is still there in
By 1921 Arthur Payne is running the business. By 1946 he
and his two sons Harold & Ernie are baking “ Charlie Fisher in his
reminicenses writes” They made beautiful bread here and numerous cakes and
other confectionary matter, Sundays they would cook the Sunday joints for those
1946 Arthur Payne, family and
Front row from the left:- Mrs. Alice
Pile (nee Payne), Mrs Ancill, Mrs. Morton (housekeeper), Mr Ancill (from
Honolulu), Arthur Payne
Back row from left:- Harold Payne, Mrs Jane Payne
By 1957 the brothers had moved on. A Mr. Williams(?) and
Sam. Pitman ran the business for several years delivering as far as East
Budleigh & Yettington. They would make a cottage loaf if required.
During the 1970’s (1979?) Mrs. Eleanor Payne bought the
Bakery and House. Samuel Pitman continued as her tenant.
By April 1994 his lease had run out and Mrs. Payne wished
to close the Bakery and applied to change the use of the premises to residential
At that time Sam Pitman with Les Brown had built up a
thriving business employing 6 villagers and supplying bread etc. to Colaton
Raleigh, East Budleigh, Newton Poppleford, Woodbury Budleigh Salterton and
A petition signed by about 1000 people was presented to
the District Council, but Mrs. Payne refused to change her mind and the Bakery
was closed in November 1994.
© Gerald Millington 2012
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