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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...

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...

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Found some interesting #gardenhistory, Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum. This water butt carrier from the late 19th century was used in the garden of Clannacombe House. Looks a bit like hard work! ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline PhotosDid you know that "Devon Women" is #OpenAccess? 🔓Containing the biographical accounts of eight inspirational women, this book is freely available to read and download now! loom.ly/-atc0DQ #genderhistory #britishhistory #Devon #womenshistory #womeninhistory #20thcentury ... See MoreSee Less
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We recently acquired a small collection of sale details, dating from the first half of the 20th century, for land and farms within the South Hams and farther afield. They are an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in the history of Devon’s buildings and landscapes and are all available for study in our Research Library. devonruralarchive.com/new-to-the-archive/Nearly 1000 items have been added to our collection this summer, and we are extremely grateful to all those who have donated material. ... See MoreSee Less
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The north range of St Nicholas Priory during its restoration in the late 1990s. These panels in the entrance hall once separated the kitchen from the refectory but were moved and used here. Hidden behind later additions no one knew they were here until then. @ExeterHBT @nixpriory

So, that property not mentioned in the Place Names of Devon. Turns out it definitely isn't in there. It was a farm called Gore in the parishes of both Brixton and Plymstock, with lime kilns and quarry. It was up for sale in 1847, Edmund Pollexfen Bastard esquire being the seller

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

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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 👉

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