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New to the Archive

New to the Archive

Early 20th century farm sale details. Nearly 1000 items have been added to our collection since summer began, and we are extremely grateful to all those who have donated this material. The newest additions include local history publications, newspaper cuttings,...

Coronation Boathouse, Bantham – Listed

Coronation Boathouse, Bantham – Listed

A 'striking' structure on the River Avon.  In August, six seaside heritage sites were granted listed status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England. One of the sites, listed Grade II, was Coronation Boathouse at...

Visiting during the pandemic: face-to-face events

Visiting during the pandemic: face-to-face events

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic: what to expect at face-to-face events If you are planning to attend a face-to-face event in the Archive, the following information will provide details of how we will be minimising risks and making our venue Covid-19...

Visiting during the pandemic: face-to-face events

Visiting during the pandemic: July Update

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic - From July 2021  This document explains what our operating procedures mean for those planning to use the Archive for private browsing and independent study during the pandemic. It also outlines what you will need to do...

Blackawton in the 1990s

Blackawton in the 1990s

A selection of photographs taken by Dr Jacqueline Sarsby, a social anthropologist & photographer. During the 1990s the pattern of farming in Devon was changing, and many of the traditional farm skills - such as hand-turning butter and making a mangold 'cave' -...

Shilstone: Yesterday and Today

Shilstone: Yesterday and Today

Pictures of Then and Now. During the early 19th century the Savery family, who had owned Shilstone since 1614, started to make some big changes to the site. They demolished the existing medieval house, built a new courtyard mansion in its place, and improved the farm...

Devon in the 1920s

Devon in the 1920s

Rural life 100 years ago. Some of our volunteers are currently researching rural life in Devon during the 1920s, and are looking particularly at the changes that took place on local farms in the decade after the first world war. To this end we will be using items from...

Project Donn: a recent survey

Project Donn: a recent survey

Sandwell Manor, Harberton. Benjamin Donn’s 1765 survey of Devon, produced at a scale of an inch to a mile, was the first large-scale map of any British county. Alongside towns, villages and farms, Donn marked the location of 656 “gentry seats” and thus provides us...

A Victorian Snapshot of North Devon

A Victorian Snapshot of North Devon

Pictures of North Devon donated to the Archive. Today we received a charming set of North Devon images from our friends at Towneley Hall Museum in Burnley. All 60 images were taken in the early 1880s, many by W. C. Murphy, and capture towns and villages along the...

New book: Devon WomenNow available! Devon Women reveals the public contribution made by eight women, who up to now have been largely hidden from history. loom.ly/qucK9tA#GenderHistory #WomensHistory #openaccess ... See MoreSee Less
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Take a peek behind closed doors at Shilstone House. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Image bank contains several photographs of Coronation Boathouse, in Bantham, including this one of its designer John-Baptiste Sebastian Comper stood next to the building. You can see more pictures of the boathouse in our recent blog post. devonruralarchive.com/coronation-boathouse-bantham-listed/The boathouse was built to commemorate the 1937 coronation of King George VI, and was one of several structures in Bantham to be designed by Comper. It was granted Grade II listed status by Historic England last month. ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you struggling with the Latin that you meet in family history & other documents? If so, our next workshop on 'Decoding Medieval Latin Manuscripts', is for you.Join us on Monday 13th September for a two-hour workshop with Latin tutor Penny Martin. Tickets are available on our website: devonruralarchive.com/decoding-medieval-latin-manuscripts-13-09-2021/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Fancy feeling a bit cooler? 🥵 Here’s a blog about the great snow storm at Hoar Oak Cottage in 1878. Brrrrrrr 🥶http://hoaroakcottage.org/2017/01/19/snow-storm-1878/. @DevRuralArchive @devonhistorysoc @devon_ex_inst @DevonLife @devonfhs @BritishAssocLocalH @OnePlaceStudies @1PSDirectory @BeginsHistory

The Plume of Feathers
The central square in #Princetown photographed in June 1897. The banner, celebrating Victoria’s diamond jubilee, reads ‘God Save Our Queen - Long May She Reign. Well played for 60 not out.’ The inn, built by Thomas Tyrwhitt in 1795, was originally called 👉

Church House Inn at #Holne has claims to be one of the oldest in #Devon . Robert Burnard who took this photograph in 1889, wrote in his book #Dartmoor Pictorial Records, that the incumbent vicar of Holne “believes that this is the existing Church House or ‘Tavistock Inn’ 👉

Back to researching Torquay and its environs today and turning up some wonderful images among our local studies collections, including @TorreAbbey in 1828.

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“The Day We Went to Fur Tor”

Fur Tor Combe
August 19, 1893

Burnard Collection

#Devon #Dartmoor #picnic
#friendship #family #fortheloveofarchives

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