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Ellen Hodge Brooks married Alfred Lang Bovey
See Hodge Brooks page for maternal side

Charles Hodge Brooks Delivering Bread

Charles Hodge Brooks Delivering Bread

An old photo of Fore Street c1910

An old photo of Fore Street c1910

The same view today

The same view today

1902 Kellys showing the Boveys and the Hodge Brooks

1902 Kellys showing the Boveys and the Hodge Brooks


Alfred Lang Bovey 42 Baker
Ellen wife 41 Assistant in business
William Alfred Lang 7
Dorothy 4
Charles Edward 2

Charles Hodge Brooks 29 Assistant Baker ( Ellen's brother )

Living in 5 rooms Fore Street Kngskerswell

Ellen Bovey in front of the shop 1920's

Ellen Bovey in front of the shop 1920's

Bovey family 1922 ( Charles far left) )

 Bovey family 1922 ( Charles far left) )
Photos donated by Janet King

William Bovey at the back, then left to right Charlie, Ellen, Annie, Alfred & Dorothy

William Hodge-Brooks at the Bakehouse door

William Hodge-Brooks at the Bakehouse door

Backyard of the Bakery 1987

Backyard of the Bakery 1987
Photos Janice Carrera

A card sent to Alastair 1981

A card sent to Alastair 1981


Dorothy Mazasitisz (Bird) bought the Bakers shop in Kingskerwell, she and her daughter ran it. Janice and Alastair have memories of visiting there on their summer holidays
" I can always remember the delicious fancy cakes under glass on the counter, my favourites were small sponges covered in green marzipan with cream inside" Janice

The Birds were Vegetarians - see Vegetarian Section on this site click to view and the Bakery built up a strong reputation for its Wholemeal and Organic breads. Cousins delivered each morning to many Health Food and other outlets in the area.

The business had been in the family for a number of years It appears on the 1901 Census owned by Arthur L Bovey aged 33 yrs born Stoke Gabriel

Here is newspaper cutting of Charlie with Kingskerswell bell-ringers. It's a bit yellow with age. Many of my relations including my father were ringers. I remember as a child going on coach trips to churches across Devon where there would be ringing competitions. Janet

"My mum & dad's families were in Exeter so they settled back there and there they still are .
I can't see our connection I'm sorry to say. My exhaustive searches found the family to live in Torquay (where I found a distant cousin through Genes Reunited) and as far as I could get back, Ashprington and Cornworthy which are near Totnes. There has been mention of a miller but they were mostly ag lab paupers! I do feel as if we could be one link away from the connection.They are a very localised group but I never found any link to Kingskerswell. Actually that's not true. I have a Marie Bovey who married Samuel Neck from there but he was born in about 1815." Janice Bovey

We have Edward W Bovey born Ashprington - is this the connection?? Janice

William Lang's headstone is still in Ashprington cemetery but in poor condition - JB
(Research into the Lang name at present being carried out)


Information we have gleaned so far

Alfred Lang Bovey - 33 - Baker - Fore Street Kingskerswell
Thomas Tucker - 74 - Gardener - stepfather - born Cornwall
Maria Tucker - 63 - Mother - born Berry Pomeroy
Lily M Tucker - 20 - stepsister - shop assistant

Maria Fletcher born Berry Pomeroy c 1839 working as a servant in Totnes on the 1861 Census
One of 10 siblings. Daughter of John b 1800 Husbandsman and Ann Beer 1801. We can trace the family back to Joseph Fletcher b 1720 all of Berry Pomeroy. Joseph married an Elizabeth Bovey.

"My part of the tree from John Fletcher and Ann Beer is as follows -

John and Ann had a daughter Susannah Fletcher (my gg grandmother) born 25th Dec 1827. One of Maria's 10 siblings.
Susannah Fletcher married John Thuell (born 1825 in Ashprington Berry, Devon).
Susannah and John had 2 daughters in England, Susannah b. c1853 and Grace b. c1855 before they emigrated to Australia in 1856 with her brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
Once in Australia, they settled in the Tamworth/Nundle area of New South Wales and had 3 more children - Elizabeth A. in 1858, Robert in 1863 and my g grandmother Maria Fletcher in 1865.
Maria Fletcher Thuell married Samuel (Lowing) Lewin in 1885 and they went on to have 14 children, one of which was my grandmother Violet born in 1907. She had a twin sister Daisy. The Lowing part of Samuel's name is his original name. His mother was an Eliza Townsend from Crewkerne in Somerset, but his father was from Canton, China. His christian name is unknown and he anglicised his surname to Lewin."
Dianne Rayner

Alfred L Bovey - 22 - Baker journeyman b Stoke Gabriel
Edward W Bovey - 19 - Baker journeyman
Tom F Bovey 26 - Drapers Porter
Maria Tucker - 52 - mother
Marian Tucker - 10
Thomas Tucker - 65 - General Labourer
All living 25, All Saints Road St Mary Church with three lodgers

Alfred L Bovey - 12 - Errand boy
Edward W Bovey - 9 - Born Ashprington
Maria Tucker 42 - mother
Thomas Tucker - 51 - General Labourer
Mary A Tucker - 7 months
All living 3 Pensylvania Terr Torquay

Living at 'Maisonette' Stoke Gabriel
Thomas Bovey 42 - Gardener b Ipplepen
Mary Ann Bovey - 38 - b Woodland
Elizabeth Jane Bovey - 18 - Dressmaker - born Cockington
Edward Bovey -16 - b Cockington
William Lang Bovey - 15 - b Cockington

Living St Mary Church 'Southampton House'
Thomas - 30 - Gardener - b Ipplepen
Mary Ann - 25 -
Elizabeth - 8
William - 5

John Bovey b 1818 was a Baker in Ipplepen in the mid 1800's
William Bovey b 1814 m Anne Blatchford b 1802 Ipplepen

See the Blatchfords of Ipplepen (Healey side )


Our branch of the Bovey family originated in Ipplepen Devon...

Thomas Bovey c 1689 m Eleanor Lowe c 1695 on 21 Sep 1714 Ipplepen

Edward Bovey b 26 Sep 1729 - Ipplepen
Edward Bovey b 15 Mar 1757 m Mary - Ipplepen
Nicholas Bovey b 20 Jun 1774 m Philippa - Ipplepen
Thomas Bovey b 17 Mar 1809 m Mary Ann b 1779 - married Brixham in 1801

Elizabeth Jane Bovey 1833 b Cockington
Edward Bovey 1835 b Cockington
William Lang Bovey b 1836 Cockington m (Anna) Maria 1862 Totnes

Alfred Lang Bovey b 1869 Stoke Gabriel
Edward William Bovey b 1872 b Ashprington

William Lang Bovey died Totnes (Ashprington) 1874
Maria remarried Thomas Tucker

From Morris's 1870 Directory Ipplepen:
Bovey James, thatcher
Bovey Miss Mary, grocer
Bovey Samuel, farmer, Dainton
Bovey Thos., butcher and timbermerchant

Post Office - Wm. Bovey, sub-postmaster. Letters from Newton Abbot arrive at 8.40 a.m.; dispatched at 4 p.m.; on Sundays at 10.30 a.m. Newton Abbot is the nearest money order office
Bovey William, thatcher and sub-postmaster

The Blatchfords ( Mabel Louisa married into the Healey family ) also came from Ipplepen
Anne Blatchford b1802 married William Bovey b1814 (Thatcher) 16.2.1838
On the 1841 Census the two families were living next door to one another in the village...
Link to Healey pages

IPPLEPEN (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST), a parish, in the union of NEWTON-ABBOTT, hundred of HAYTOR, Teignbridge and S. divisions of DEVON, 3¾ miles (S. S. W.) from Newton-Abbott; containing, with the chapelry of Woodland, 1172 inhabitants. It comprises 2726 acres, of which 180 are common or waste. The church has a handsome screen, and an enriched wooden pulpit; it formerly belonged, with some adjoining lands, to the priory of St. Peter de Fulgeriis in Brlttany, and attached to it was a cell to that establishment. The Wesleyans have a place of worship." [From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844)]

Family Outing with the Boveys early 60's

Family Outing with the Boveys early 60's

Family group outside the Bakery

Family group outside the Bakery

After the Boveys sold the business and moved away it was taken over by a young couple who struggled for a few years. Sadly the building burnt down and the site has been replaced by new housing.