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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...

COVID-19 Statement

COVID-19 Statement

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic Our Library will reopen, by appointment only, on Monday 12th April 2021.  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 operate so that we can...

One week to go until our first Zoom talk. 'Plymouth in 1620' An illustrated talk on Thursday 22nd April at 6pm. Martin Read will examine how the integration of documentary, archaeological and cartographic evidence can help to show what the settlement looked like at the time of the Mayflower. Tickets for this event are £5 per device. Places are limited and so if you would like to join us on Zoom please call us on 01548 830832 or email office@dra.uk.net as soon as possible! ... See MoreSee Less
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So, here it is, the day we have been waiting for!Our first visitors for 2021 have arrived, and are already delving deep into aspects of Devon's history in our Research Library. If you would like to book an appointment to study items in our collection please call us on 01548 830832. ... See MoreSee Less
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Good News: Our Research Library will reopen, by appointment only, on Monday 12th April 2021. To book your visit please call us on 01548 830832. ... See MoreSee Less
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Something a bit different from Plymouth 1620: the place, the people, the evidence and Plymouth Archaeology Society - PAS. ... See MoreSee Less
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Farming was the main activity at Shilstone House for nearly two centuries before it was purchased by the Fenwick family in 1997. Our latest blog features images of Shilstone as a working farm in the mid 20th century, alongside recent photos taken in roughly the same position. #ThrowbackThursday You can view 'Shilstone: Yesterday and Today' on our website: devonruralarchive.com/shilstone-yesterday-and-today/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We will be hosting our very first zoom talk next Thursday (22.04) at 6pm when Martin Read will be talking about 'Plymouth in 1620'. Tickets £5 per device. https://devonruralarchive.com/plymouth-in-1620/

Our final Trowel Blazer for March is Lady Aileen Fox who helped discover the prehistory of the south-west. Today's #Fridayphoto is from A Monastic Homestead on Dean Moor, S. Devon when she was a Lecturer in British Archaeology at University of Exeter.

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Bury Bridge is a picturesque medieval, stone, packhorse bridge over the River Haddeo. The bridge has two pointed arches and two lower curving arches. There are three flat buttress-like cutwaters downstream and two pointed cutwaters upstream. #Exmoor #Archaeology #virtualexmoor

Looking down Church Street from just below today's Dodbrooke Inn (P01403l), Kellands Brewery on the left - and Arthur Kelland with his brewery staff (P00189a). Both images c. 1880.

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