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Bygone days in Ugborough

Bygone days in Ugborough

Earlier this week we received this charming set of images showing Ugborough in days gone by. They were scanned into our Image Bank by our wonderful team and the originals were returned to the owner. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have. Stay in the loop!  ...

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Sunday Opening

Sunday Opening

We are delighted to announce that, from the 20th November until the 18th December inclusive, the Archive will be open on Sundays. So, if you have ever wanted to visit but have not been able to pop-in during our normal opening hours, now is your chance! Our Research...

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Come dine with us

Come dine with us

From Sunday 20th November 2022 you will be able to enjoy a delicious, freshly cooked Sunday lunch at Shilstone.  Served in a beautifully restored former hay barn, the set menu of either one or two courses will be prepared by the in-house team of highly skilled chefs....

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Bellarmine Jar Witch-Bottle

Bellarmine Jar Witch-Bottle

Charms against witchcraft - Witch Bottles. With Halloween just around the corner we thought we would share one of the spookier archaeological finds from our excavations at Shilstone House.  Witch bottles from the seventeenth and eighteenth century have been found all...

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A Chagford mystery?

A Chagford mystery?

This wonderful picture was recently shared with us in the hope that we may be able to identify the location and artist. In the corner is written 'Wick Brook, Chagford' but there is no signature or date. Could it be Weeke Brook at Chagford? Or is this a different...

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A particularly special donation

A particularly special donation

This incredible collection of sale particulars has just been donated to the Archive by the family of Charles Head, a Kingsbridge based firm of auctioneers and surveyors that was established in 1902. Over the years the Head family have collected a large number of these...

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Be part of the team

Be part of the team

It's our volunteers that make the Devon Rural Archive so special. As a volunteer you get frequent access to a wealth of fascinating historical material and to the expertise of our knowledgeable curator. You get to be part of a lovely team of people, with lively...

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Sawdye & Harris Collection

Sawdye & Harris Collection

Earlier this month the Directors of Sawdye and Harris, Chartered Surveyors, Auctioneers, and Estate Agents, contacted the Archive about taking on their historical records. This long-established business had, over the years, amalgamated a large collection of material...

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Capturing a moment in time

Capturing a moment in time

Saturday 10th September marks the start of Devon Open Studios where artists from all over the county will open their studios to the public. This annual event inspired us to delve into the archive in search of material on Devon artists and we came across this wonderful...

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Stories from the Archive: Sarah Catherine Martin

Stories from the Archive: Sarah Catherine Martin

In the last blog post in our Stories from the Archive series we looked at the origins of the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Old Mother Hubbard’ which was written in Yealmpton by Sarah Catherine Martin in 1805. Sarah Catherine Martin was the sister of Mrs Pollexfen Bastard...

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For Explore Your Archive today we thought we would share our latest #EYANews and so, we are very excited to offer a first glimpse of the design for our new Shilstone café opening in 2023.

Located on the ground floor of the Archive it will be a fantastic spot for our visitors old and new to enjoy delicious food and drink.
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Some of the people in these local wedding photographs look very serious but the picture of the wooden chalet with the #EYAParty of young people on the lawn at The Retreat, Bigbury-on-Sea, in 1911 looks much more relaxed and fun.

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It's #ThrowbackThursday so we are taking a look back at the construction of our Archive at Shilstone in 2009.
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Don't forget you can #ExploreYourArchive on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am to 3pm and, until Christmas, on Sundays too from 11am to 4pm.
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Sunday opening here at the Shilstone Devon Rural Archive, until Christmas we are open 11pm to 4pm each Sunday in addition to our normal days of Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

If you are visiting us on a Sunday, why not treat yourselves to a freshly cooked lunch too? Hosted in the beautifully restored Hay Barn opposite, we are offering a Traditional Sunday Lunch, cooked by the in-house team of highly skilled chefs. Book your Shilstone Sunday Lunch using this link: shilstonesundaylunch.com/
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1/3 In Sandford there’s a wonder, an enchantment, a magic of gorgeous C16 benchends, the wood comes alive with the hedgerow folk, the foliage sprites, the landscape is the church. And there are so many. Some, like these, showing the birthing of these powers…

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Octagonal C14 granite font with panel decorations including a hexagram (decorative motif in medieval Christian churches) and what looks like a man-in-the-moon face. Very cute.
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@LandmarkTrust's #WinsfordCottageHospital in #Devon was opened in 2019 following a restoration which included scrubbing screed off the original golden #mosaic floor! We're opening it for #free 11th-14th November for you to take a peek - https://bit.ly/3enKSg2 @HeritageFundL_S

Open Garden event today is in progress. Delicious food from Feast Kitchen, books for sale and the beautiful gardens of Shilstone to explore.

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