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J. Easton and Son

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of Northernhay Street, Exeter

See John Easton and his son William Easton

1863 Advertisement. J. Easton and Son, Granite Masons.[1]

1886 Worked the Haytor Quarries. Also worked the Blackenstone Quarry for the past forty years.[2]

1892 Expansion of the business. 'The firm of Messrs. J. Easton and Son, quarrymen, stone merchants and masons, in carrying on a business established more than half a century ago, have just given special evidence of vigorous enterprise. Their business having outgrown the accommodation provided in their old premises in Northernhay-street, the firm has recently acquired valuable property adjoining, which extends the street as far as Maddock’s-row. On this site, under the shadow of the old city wall, long ranges of sheds and workshops have been built and the ground levelled. Entrance to the new premises obtained through a wide gateway, supported on either side by massive device columns ; in the capitals are spherical balls made of granite from their Dartmoor quarries. Powerful overhead and other cranes ore provided for loading and moving about the marble, granite, and other material brought from the quarries for cutting and polishing. The shops are furnished with the moat approved machinery and labour-saving appliances worked by steam and hand power so as to ensure prompt execution of orders.'[3]

1897 Stonework for a lamp on a granite pedestal in the Square outside the Anchor Hotel.[4]

1897 Contractors for the Clock Tower, Exeter.

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Sources of Information

  1. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 19 June 1863
  2. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 02 September 1886
  3. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 20 August 1892
  4. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 21 December 1897