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Axminster Carnival

Axminster Carnival Popularity Election 1925


Axminster Carnival Popularity Election 1925

The Cut Throat Ink Slinging Co. Ltd


A super, tongue -in-cheek document referencing all the fun of the Axminster Carnival of 1925.  

A hand-written spoof election paper putting forward a right character for nomination as the most popular person in the carnival  

Says ‘ We the undersigned being Good Men, True Devonites and Respectful Residents of the said district, do hereby with all our Power, Might and Glory nominate the undermentioned person as a candidate at the said Election

Henley Maurice Alphonso Henley of Ceilingless House, Squandermania Road, Rateshigh, (Rates High!) Devonshire. 

Described as a 'Slave of the Soil’, Japanese Cherry Expert and Leather Chaser (Spare Time)

Qualifications of an Afghan Veteran, Muddy Oafs Captain, Saturday afternoons centre of attraction.’


Appeals to collectors of carnival memorbillia, local history researchers, residents of Axminster and ancestors of the men mentioned in the document.


Truly unique authentic celebration of local customs and carnival traditions still abundant in the west country today. A one-off with no other copies being available.   A light-hearted piece of ephemeral which would otherwise have been lost. To preserve the heritage and integrity of the document suggest it's best framed.



First Edition: 1925 – Carnival date 28th October 1925

Published by The Cut Throat Ink Slinging Co. Limited, Pewter Lane, Alehouse Street, Axminster, Devon   

Size:  40cm x 27cm

Number of pages:  1 Page

Genre: Local History / Ephemeral


Candidate: In 1911, a family named Henley lived in Lyme Road, Axminster. Wheelwright James Alphonso and his wife Louisa and five children. One of which was named Maurice aged 15 who was a GPO Telegraph Messenger.  

Proposer: William E. Stentiford. In 1911 a ‘William Edward Stentiford’ aged 28 was living at South View in Axminster. Son of Police Pensioner and County Court Bailiff George Stentiford.

Election Agent: F. W. Phippen.


Condition: A very delicate 98-year-old hand written document with quarter-fold creases. 2cm tear mid right-hand edge along the crease. Care needs to be exercised when handling to preserve the fragility of this wonderful document.

Paper ephemeral:  Age-related wear,  age-toned and minor tearing around the edges. 

A one page document. Some folding over of edges where the tearing is along the creases. Age-toned yellowing at the edges with a few blobby stains in places on the document.  

Condition is subjective and photographs of all pages are included to help you judge the condition for yourself.


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