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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 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...

Last night we hosted our very first zoom talk, and our participants were treated to a look at Plymouth in 1620 by our guest speaker Martin Read. It was a wonderful evening and we are delighted that our 100th evening lecture, having been postponed for twelve months, was finally able to go take place.Huge thanks to Martin and everyone that helped to make it a successful event! ... See MoreSee Less
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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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We've been focusing on our archives this month for the #Archive30 campaign & our book collections have been feeling a little neglected. So please make them happy again by joining us in wishing our books (& books everywhere) a happy #WorldBookAndCopyrightDay & #WorldBookNight! 🥳

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Here the South Pool Harriers meet outside Kings Arms Hotel, Fore Street, Kingsbridge in 1937. Right to left: Ned Balkwill, butcher for Warren's (with apron), Leslie Kenard in front of Tanner on horse, Miriam Moysey, Mrs Ralph Steer on horse and George Kenard, drinking.

Draft Horse
1900’s

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
— Winston Churchill

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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/

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