OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: September 04, 2016.
Webpage updated: September 04, 2017

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WHO WAS WHO IN OLD DEVONPORT

Mrs PHYLLIS MABEL SCAWN (1904-1986)

A lady who swept the roads of Devonport for 21 years, Mrs Phyllis Scawn, died at her home in Clowance Street on Monday June 2nd 1986.

She joined the City's dustcart crews as part of the war effort.  In 1943 she became a road sweeper and after the War decided to stay on because she enjoyed the outdoor life.  She retired as Plymouth's only lady road sweeper on her 60th birthday in 1964, after having been a guest on the BBC's "What's My Line?" programme.  She was a celebrity in the Devonport area and tourists quite frequently took photographs of her.

Born as Mabel Phillis Bassett in August 1904 at Launceston, Cornwall, as Miss Phyllis Mabel Bassett she married Mr William Henry Edward Scawn at the Anglican Church of Saint Mary, Devonport, on August 4th 1934.  By 1939, when she and her  husband were living at the rear of number 23 Marlborough Street, her date of birth had slipped from 1904 to 1905 but it caught up with her again later.