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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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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...

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Covid-19 Statement – January 2021

Covid-19 Statement – January 2021

In line with current Government guidelines, the Archive will be closed until further notice. 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 continue to welcome visitors...

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A very useful list of the early maps of Plymouth, up to 1620, has been compiled by Martin Read from Plymouth Archaeology Society - PAS and is available here: www.plymarchsoc.org.uk/Maps%20of%20Plymouth%20to%201620.pdf ... See MoreSee Less
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Several hundred photographs were recently donated to the Archive, including these of Hallsands.

We have only scanned a few from this donation so far, but you can see them in our latest blog: devonruralarchive.com/south-devon-snapshots/
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Excursions in the Tamar Valley: Postcards Home.
An illustrated talk by Dr Helen Wilson at The Devon Rural Archive
Thursday 2nd December 2021 at 7pm.

More details and tickets available from our website: devonruralarchive.com/excursions-in-the-tamar-valley-02-12-2021/
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#OTD 1821 #EleanorCoade died. Born in Exeter 1773 she is best known for Coade stone used in the manufacture of architectural & garden ornaments. Whiteford Temple near Callington, Cornwall with views looking back to Devon.@LandmarkTrust @thegardenstrust

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Another string to my bow presenting a fun talk entitled 'Excursions in the Tamar Valley: Postcards Home' based on popular pastime of outings on steamers during late Victorian and Edwardian periods, illustrated by postcards. @DevRuralArchive 2 December 7pm https://devonruralarchive.com/excursions-in-the-tamar-valley-02-12-2021/

A super day yesterday @DevRuralArchive for the Friends of Devon’s Archives AGM with a tour of the remarkable Shilstone House and its grounds thrown in. Both DRA and Shilstone well worth a visit or a Google at the very least!

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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

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