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Remember me

"Lizzie Lamble is my name and England is my nation, Kingsbridge is my dwelling place and Christ is my salvation,When I am dead and in my grave and all my bones are rotten, Upon this book you will see my name and I shall not be forgotten." These words are written on...

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House Detectives

House Detectives

In our March '22 newsletter you may have read about the recent donation of a bundle of 19th century documents relating to buildings in the village of Frogmore in the South Hams. These records cover the period from 1811 to 1899 for several cottages, or dwelling houses,...

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Norden’s Survey of Crown Lands

Norden’s Survey of Crown Lands

Crown lands in the early 17th century The Archive is a partner organisation in the Friends of Devon’s Archives (FODA) project about the early 17th century survey of crown lands by John Norden. In 1612 James I appointed John Norden as surveyor of the King’s lands in...

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Visiting the Archive during the pandemic

Visiting the Archive during the pandemic

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic, from February 2022.  The Government yesterday (21 February 2022) announced their Response Strategy for ‘Living with COVID-19'. This includes the removal of remaining domestic restrictions and changes to the rules...

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Finding Pike Ward

Finding Pike Ward

The Icelandic Adventure of a Teignmouth Sea Trader.  In 2016, a set of scrapbooks was rediscovered in the stores at the Devon Heritage Centre that had been made by Pike Ward to record his extraordinary life in Iceland between 1893 and 1909. The pages were full of...

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Evening Lecture Programme 2022

Evening Lecture Programme 2022

The Devon Rural Archive’s 2022 Evening Lecture Programme. You are invited to join us at the DRA, at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month, to learn about aspects of Devon’s history, archaeology and architecture, through a series of special talks. Our programme, now...

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Eagle-Eyed Volunteers

Eagle-Eyed Volunteers

Property in old photograph identified as Old Newnham.  We were recently contacted by a couple who had been given an album of old photographs by a relative. The family snapshots are believed to have been taken in the 1930s, but there was little information to show who...

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Church Guides Donated

Church Guides Donated

New to the Archive Three boxes of church guidebooks and leaflets have just been donated to the Archive, they are great resource for anyone researching their parish church or its monuments and often contain information about the history of the parish too. These will be...

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South Devon Snapshots

South Devon Snapshots

Large collection of images donated to the Archive. Earlier this year we were approached by a lady looking to find a home for her late father's collection of historic documents, plans, photographs and books relating to South Devon. This impressive Archive of local...

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Central Park, Plymouth

Central Park, Plymouth

A park for recreation.The Archive recently received a c.1928 plan for Central Park in Plymouth. At first glance, the item looks like a history book, but when fully opened you discover a A1, linen-backed plan for the city's proposed recreation area. The plan is similar...

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The Cellar of St Nicholas Priory in the 1960s. While not materially different than at present, I am unsure what the item on the far wall is... @ExeterHBT @nixpriory

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A favourite carving on the choir stalls 1891, not by the #Pinwills but very probably by the man who taught them: William Giles. *And* designed by the genius Henry Wilson! Superb. Recently rephotographed in better light.

The #ArchiveDestination of this ledger, which once belonged to Robert Hartley Lipscombe, land agent to the Rolle Estates, was Salisbury, Rhodesia [now Harare, Zimbabwe], where it was found in a shed in the 1980s.

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One of the best materials for #ArchiveSustainability is good old-fashioned parchment, which is so tough it can withstand most things, including fire (in this case caused by the Exeter Blitz of 80 years ago).

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1998 this Grade II* listed gazebo was moved from Great Torrington to RHS Rosemoor and restored thanks to many partners including ourselves. Find out more about our Conservation Grants https://bit.ly/3KV5VSa. @RHS_Rosemoor @DevonHistoric @torridgedc

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