The Legassick House

 69 Fore Street

Plympton St. Maurice

Who lived in the Legassick House?

The following research and history provided by Sue (Legassick) Simpson of Frome, Somerset, England.

For several decades we have known of the existence of ‘Legassick House’ situated in Fore Street, Plympton St. Maurice, just outside modern day Plymouth. Now with the help of censuses and information on the internet, it is possible to make an attempt to explain why Legassick House was so called and to chart the Legassicks who lived in it.

It would appear that between 1885 and 1891, WILLIAM LEGASSICK, a Wholesale Draper, moved with his family into a house in Fore St. Plympton St. Maurice. The census for 1891, and 1901, show the family living in Fore St., but neither census records whether the house they lived in was called ‘Legassick House’ or if it was number 69, Fore St. which is the address of ‘Legassick House’ today. I am of the opinion that William called the house ‘Legassick House’ after he moved in and that it has no connection with Legassicks earlier than that date.


1841 Census

WILLIAM LEGASSICK age 2 was living in the village of Sticklepath, Sampford Courtney. His family were

William senior age 40 Woolcomber father

Ann age 43 mother

Therzena age 8

Ann age 4

1851 Census

WILLIAM LEGAZZICK age 12 a scholar was living in the village of Sticklepath, Sampford Courtney. His family were

William age 50 Woolcomber father born in BUCKFASTLEIGH. ( William was the son of Henry b1776 and Margaret Hart of Buckfastleigh)

Ann age 52 mother born South Tawton as Ann Crocker (who married William Legassick sen. 25th December 1830.)

Thirzema age 18 dressmaker born Samford Courtney

There is no trace of Ann junior in the 1851 census or in reg. of deaths.



WILLIAM LEGASSICK was recorded as an apprentice Linen and Woollen Draper age 22 and born in Sticklepath. He was living at 10,Treville St. St. Andrews, Plymouth.



No record of William Legassick found at present

Sept 1878

Marriage registered at BODMIN Cornwall between William Legassick and Clara Kingdon

1881 Census

Living at Compton Village, Compton Gifford (now part of Plymouth)

William Legassick age 42 Drapery Warehouseman

Clara Drapery Warehouseman’s wife age 34

William K age 3

Arthur H age 1

Elizabeth Kingdon mother in law

Mary Arnold wife’s aunt

Louise Hillson Servant

Charlotte Rummells Housemaid

It would appear that William is doing modestly well as he employs 2 servants.

1891 Census

The family are now living at FORE ST. PLYMPTON ST. MAURICE. I am assuming they are living in LEGASSICK HOUSE.

William Legassick age 52 Wholesale Draper

Clara wife age 44

William Kingdon age 13

Arthur Henry age 11

Dorothea age 8

Herbert Maurice age 6

Elizabeth Kingdon mother in law age 77

Mary Luscombe Housemaid

Eliza Hayman Cook



The family are living at FORE ST. PLYMPTON ST. MAURICE

William Legassick age 62 Wholesale Draper

Clara wife age 54

Arthur Henry age 20 Architect

Dorothea age 18

Herbert Maurice age 16

Emily Watts Servant and Lily Gully Servant


Registration of death of WILLIAM LEGASSICK age 70 Jan-Mar Plympton St Mary

William Kingdon

William Kingdon Legassick 1911 Census

Living at Hill Side, Castle St. ,Launceston. Physician and Surgeon

Unmarried, with a Housekeeper and Caochman living in.

1914-18 war William was a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps (Ancestry ) His address is given as Plympton St. Maurice.

I have as yet been unable to find out any further information regarding Dr. William Legassick



Arthur Henry Legassick Appears to be travelling between England and Canada at least from 1908-1930. (see emigration Ancestry.co.uk)

1914-18 War he joined the army in Canada (CASC Imperial Army) His medal card (Ancestry.co.uk) gives his address as Plympton Devon

I have as yet been unable to find out any further information regarding Arthur Henry Legassick



There is no record of Herbert after the 1901 census. I cannot find him in the 1911 census, no record of the registration of his death and no record of emigration. (take care not to confuse him with Herbert Legassick son of Rosa born 1878 living in Dodbrooke who emigrated to Canada in 1927)

Clara Dorothea

I cannot find Clara in the 1911 Census. There is a record of death of Clara D. Legassick aged 34 registered Dec 1916 in Tavistock. I am sure that this is Clara.

Clara Maria Legassick nee Kingdon

Mother of the above. I cannot find Clara Maria in the 1911 Census. Her death is registered December 1935 aged 88yrs in Plympton. So it is possible that She was still living in ‘Legassick House’ up until that time.




As yet I have been unable to find any references to wills or to the sale of Legassick House.