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Maurice and Pat Huxtable of Pilton

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Maurice Huxtable was born in 1922 and lived for much of his life at 82 Pilton Street, immediately above the Church Hall, with his parents Benjamin Ernest and Edith Tamzyn Huxtable and his sister Ivy May Trace Huxtable. His parents ran a shop at No.82. We don't have details of the type of shop, but in the 1920s this was a grocery shop also selling tobacco as we have a photograph of that era showing an advertisement for Gold Flake.

During World War II, Maurice served in the RAF in Rhodesia and was also billeted in East London with his wife's parents for a while. He married Patricia (Pat, née Lloyd) and returned to live in 82 Pilton Street, where his father Benjamin was still living. Benjamin was cared for by Pat. He died in 1962 and the family moved to live in Yeo Vale.

After leaving the RAF, Maurice Huxtable worked for Barnstaple Town/Borough Council for the rest of his working life. He was also a regular player in his younger days for Pilton Cricket Club and also the Editor for the Devon Cricket Association newsletter. Pat Huxtable was well known for her dressmaking. For many years she made the Barnstaple Carnival Queen dresses and an article was published in the North Devon Journal about her and the dresses.

Maurice Huxtable died in 2008 and Pat in 2010. Benjamin, Edith and Ivy are buried in the churchyard, together with the ashes of Maurice and Pat

Many thanks to Maurice and Pat's daughter, Jan Cashin, for sharing their story.

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