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A Brief History of Rawle, Gammon & Baker in Pilton : 1850 to date


Rawle, Gammon & Baker, known as RGB, was formed in 1850 when Samuel Rawle, a Barnstaple shipbroker, joined forces with William Gammon, a Barnstaple builder. They set up business as timber importers and sawmillers on Rolle Quay in Pilton on the banks of the River Yeo opposite the Rolle Quay Inn.

This short document gives a brief history of RGB. Until 1930, the Pilton base was the only branch of the company. Now there are seventeen branches throughout the West Country.

Thanks for the information included are due to Colin Worth, who has worked for RGB since 1966 and been Chairman since 2011, to the North Devon Journal Special Publication of 1990 and to Phyllis Gammon, who wrote up the company history in the 1970s.

The link below will take you to an aerial view of the Pilton Yard of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, with Rolle Quay and Rolle Street in the distance and the RGB yard with a long white roof in the sharp bend in the River Yeo:

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