Ward and Chowen
Ward and Chowen Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents and Auctioneers have operated in the Tavistock area for over 180 years, placing them uniquely as a constant in the ebbs and flows of the area’s history.
Ward and Chowen Archive
The Ward and Chowen archive is a substantial trove of information, documenting the landownership history of not only Tavistock and the immediate vicinity, but even further afield areas such as Cornwall. The earliest documents date from the 1600s and take us right through to more modern times.
The information contained is wide ranging, from leases to rents, and sales bills to the regular notetaking of the firm.
Neil Woolcock initially approached the Tavistock Local History Society to involve its members in the exciting task of indexing, digitizing and eventually uploading the older portion of these significant documents. Neil was keen that this vast amount of information would be available to local residents for their historic research.
Tavistock Local History Society started their indexing and digitization in September 2014. Scanning and indexing this huge wealth of documentation has been a significant and consuming project. Meeting regularly, the small team have made steady headway in digitizing this information for generations to come.
Generous Support and Donations
Our scanner was obtained from a generous grant fund from the Town and Parishes (TAP) fund as nominated by Gulworthy Parish Council.
We have also been the grateful recipient of other grants from Tavistock Lions, Tavistock Young Farmers, Dartmoor Trust, Elmhirst Trust. There have also been kind donations from the general public at our stalls and other promotional activities.
Tavistock Town Council kindly allocated premises for our work, and it is hoped in the not too distant future we will have a location where we can deal with public inquiries directly.
Of course, we remain very grateful to Neil Woolcock for giving us the opportunity and privilege of being able to work on such a fantastic and important project.
The Tavistock Local History Society continues to work on the project, and all members are welcome to visit us on appointment. However, at this stage, we are currently unable to handle any research requests or inquiries.
Below are a list of parishes and areas included within the scope of the archives. It is not a complete and exhaustive list.
Adber in Somerset
Duchy Lands at Stoke Climsland
Plympton St Mary
Week St Mary