Aligned with the wool industry the leather industry also thrived in Newton Abbot as shown in an agreement in 1580 between John Hayman and Richard Haymen. Another family which helped the leather trade to flourish were the Vicarys. The industry was still thriving circa 1800 when Moses Vicary was married to Rebecca Duke, a daughter of a wealthy boot and shoe merchant and the Vicary families helped the town to prosper, despite the ceasing of the manufacture in Newton Bushel of serge by 1805.
In 1739 the government debated the removal of export duty on Irish wool and cloth and several citizens of Newton Bushel sent a petition protesting against the removal. Following this the Vicary Family became involved in the wool industry and influenced growth. In 1786 after the death of Vicary his ten year old son and wife continued the wool trade.
Gilbert Yarde inherited the markets and Bradley Manor from Walter Yarde and he built an undercover market in Wolborough Street. Wool continued to be the main commodity with Newton Bushel reputed for producers of Kersey (Coarse Woollen Cloth) or Serge.
Teignwick Manor was granted a Charter in 1246 for a weekly market on Triangle Hill and a further Charter was granted in 1331. In the 13th century, Teignwick Manor was renamed Newton Bushel, after Robert Bushel, who was then Lord of the Manor. Also four consecutive days of fairs twice a year were also granted on the feasts of Ascension and All Saints. At the markets and fairs were local produce, wares and cloths from traders in the surrounding area, together with entertainment such as plays, racing, wrestling and dancing.
In 1747 Robert Vicary founded the Newton Bushel Wool Business. Wool was the primary industry of the area.
The town of Newton Abbot grew up as two separate communities, each with their separate Lords of the Manor causing friction and suspicion, so much so that this animosity persisted up until the beginning of the twentieth century, with frequent clashes between the inhabitants of Newton Abbot and Newton Bushel.
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