Footprints in the Sand: the story of the Carews of Devon, 1086 – 1945 
An illustrated talk by Sir Rivers Carew on Thursday, 9th June, 2022 at 7pm in The Devon Rural Archive.

This story begins 30 generations back from the present, when the first ancestor associated with the name Carew was born. Gerald de Windsor was the son of Walter FitzOther, recorded as governor of Windsor Castle in Domesday Book. Gerald married Nest, who was a Princess in Wales, and the family took the name of Carew, after their castle. By the 14th century the Carews held numerous estates in Devon and eventually ended up as stewards of Bickleigh castle, Tiverton Castle and Haccombe. This illustrated talk will reveal much about the generations of the family over nearly 1000 years; how they lived, loved and died. For instance, Sir George Carew was drowned when the Mary Rose sank during a battle with the French Navy in the Solent. His wife witnessed the tragedy, with Henry VIII by her side. Thomas Carew, who supported the Royalists during the Civil War, was granted the baronetcy as his reward.

Rivers Carew, the 11th Baronet of Haccombe, near Newton Abbot, is the last to have lived at the family seat and wanted to preserve the history of the family and their connection with Devon. Until now River’s writing activities have been focussed mainly on literature and poetry. As a journalist he has spent time working in Ireland and the UK, where from 1987 until his retirement in 2003 he worked for the BBC World Service.

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Doors open at 6:30pm for complimentary refreshments and a chance to explore the Archive.
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