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Visiting during the pandemic – July Update

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...

Visiting during the pandemic – July Update

COVID-19 Statement

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic Our Library is currently open by appointment only. To book your visit please call 01548 830832.   To minimise the risks posed to our community by the spread of the virus, we have made some changes to the ways in which we...

These booklets, about the history of Holbeton, were donated to the Archive yesterday along with 608(!) digital items.The files include historic images of the village, as well as a number of scanned documents and notes by various historians. If you would like a copy of Holbeton A Brief History 1 & 2 they are £4 each and available from the Holbeton Village Stores and Post Office, or direct from the author, Denise Bailer. We are able to supply Denise's contact details upon request. ... See MoreSee Less
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New to our collection: This document, dated 1653, was donated to the Archive last week and has been added to our catalogue today. It is a lease between Sir Thomas Hele and John Emmett, for buildings and land in Back Street in Modbury. The item is available to view in our Research Library and our wonderful volunteers will be preparing a transcript in the coming weeks. ... 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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