Devonport, The Dockyard 1890
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Many of my ancestors going back to 1755 from the Lewis and Pearne families of Devonport worked as shipwrights and artisans at the Royal William Yard. My 5th Great-Grandfather William Lewis was a shipwright there from 1766-1769 and I am sure longer, but this is based on the Plymouth Artificers list of 1779. Likewise, John Pearne, my 4th Great-Grandfather was a shipwright there from 1755-1779 as was his son, Robert
This picture shows St Mary Church which extended from west to east between Edinburgh Road (previously named Dock Wall Street), and James Street. It might have been taken from the top of The Column in Ker Street. The long building extending from north to south was the ropery where my Aunt Blanch worked at the turn of the twentieth century. The Dock Yard wall, which remains to this day, can be seen as if ...see more