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The Lore of the Dart

The Lore of the Dart

In a recent episode of ‘Sketches: A story of Art and People’ on Radio 4 (July 18th – On Dartmoor – available on BBC Sounds), the presenter Anna Freeman took a walk on the edges of Dartmoor with writer Tom Cox. During their discussion about the influence of Dartmoor on...

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

Sandwell Manor, Harberton - Revisited. In February 2021 our blog reflected on the research of our Curator, Abigail Gray, into the history of Sandwell Manor in Harberton which she had surveyed as part of Project Donn. This Grade II listed country house is of late...

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It’s show time…

It’s show time…

What a fantastic day we've had at the 133rd Yealmpton Show!  As always we were in the Yealmpton History tent showcasing the work that we do at the Archive and sharing some of our collection with visitors. This year we took a selection of historic maps of the local...

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Stories from the Archive: Mother Hubbard

Stories from the Archive: Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard...  If you ever driven through the village of Yealmpton in the South Hams you will have noticed Old Mother Hubbard’s cottage. Squat along the road with an undulating thatched roof, thick stone walls and tiny cottage windows it...

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Bigbury Tithe Map

Bigbury Tithe Map

This copy of the Bigbury Tithe map from 1843 was recently donated to the Archive for safe keeping along with a transcript of the apportionment that was written in 1930.  The National Archives explains: "Tithes were originally a tax which required one tenth of all...

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Pop-Up Café & Open Gardens

Pop-Up Café & Open Gardens

Introducing Polly Ann's There are exciting times ahead for the Archive as work is now underway to create our very own café for visitors to enjoy. In the meantime however, we are delighted to welcome Polly Ann's mobile country kitchen to our courtyard for some pop-up...

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Our New Defibrillator

Our New Defibrillator

We are delighted to announce that our new Defibrillator has arrived and is ready to be installed and registered. Being in such a remote location we felt it was essential to have a Defibrillator on site to increase the chances of survival should someone suffer a...

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Restore Trust

Restore Trust

Harry Mount in conversation with Zewditu Gebreyohanes.  On Sunday 17th July 2022 we will be welcoming Restore Trust to Shilstone House and the DRA for a special event in which Harry Mount, editor of The Oldie magazine, will be talking to Restore Trust director Zewditu...

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A tour of the Archive

A tour of the Archive

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting us here at the Devon Rural Archive we thought we would give you a little tour of our beautiful building and its setting, and introduce you to some of the delights that await you when visiting. The Devon Rural...

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Sales Documents Reunited

Sales Documents Reunited

The missing piece...   Back in 2018 the Archive received a copy of the 1917 sale particulars for the Chaddlewood Estate in Plympton St Mary. The catalogue entry records that there were two plans folded inside the back cover but that Lots 4, 5 and 6 were on a third...

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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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