Topic: Jackson Residence, 209 Devon Street West (1907)

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209 Devon Street West 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This large single-storey villa was constructed for Samuel Wesley Jackson in 1907.

Town Section 247 was purchased by the Primitive Methodist Church in 1897, and the property subdivided a few years later. In January 1903, Newton King advertised the sale of a number of freehold and leasehold sections on behalf of the Primitive Methodist Church Trustees - Part Town Section 147 and several surrounding sections were advertised with 21 year leases. 

Samuel Wesley Jackson purchased the lease of Lots A and B of Deeds Plan 46 in June 1906, and a year later, on 22 May 1907, was granted a permit for the construction of a residence by the Borough Council - the architect is listed as L. Jackson, and the estimated construction cost was £598. 

Samuel Jackson, rather unfortunately, died aged 68 in November 1907 - soon after the villa was completed. His wife, Mrs Sarah Jones Jackson, continued to live in the home for some years after her husbands death. 

A feature of the property is a large Pohutukawa tree identified as a notable tree by NPDC.

See Taranaki Land Deeds Index I13, page 260. 

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