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The above-ground section of this building was constructed for the Crown Dairy Company in 1947. However, the basement of this building was constructed much earlier in 1876, and originally formed part of a grain store for the Union Mill. 

The basement is mostly constructed of large andesite blocks, with the front wall constructed of concrete, and thought to have been added in 1947.

The Crown Dairy Company originally occupied the old grain store prior to construction of the new building.

The early history of the building is detailed in Robyn Oliver's excellent 1988 thesis The Flour Mills of Taranaki, 1844-1935: A

353 Devon Street West Open2View.

353 Devon Street West Open2View

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This attractive bungalow was likely constructed for Cyril Hendry Croker in 1923.

A permit for the construction of a home on Section 20, Glen Almond Estate, was granted to C. H. Croker in May 1923 - Croker was listed as the builder, and the estimated construction cost was 1500 Pounds. - it seems likely that this permit relates to the home currently at 353 Devon Street West.

The plans for the home are held by Puke Ariki - although they are undated,

A permit was granted to H. J. Watkins in November 1924 for the construction of a house on Section 26, Kitchener Terrace - Watkins was  the builder, and the estimated construction cost was £800. - This permit probably relates to the home at 3 Kitchener Terrace.

A permit was granted to T. Bransgrove in October 1924 for the construction of a a building on Part Town Section 1418, Devon Street East - Bransgrove was the builder, and the estimated construction cost was £800.

A permit was granted to A. Sargent in October 1924 for the construction of a house on Part Town Section 1659, Gover Street - 'Bennett' was  the builder, and the estimated construction cost was £800.

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