The Hole Family of Parke, Bovey Tracey: five Generations of mixed fortunes, & a final loss which was really a gain.
An illustrated talk by Dr. Frances Billinge on Thursday, 4th August, 2022 at 7pm in The Devon Rural Archive.
The Hole family were one of the most prominent in the parish of Bovey Tracey from the early part of the 1700s until they gifted their Parke estate to the National Trust in 1974. They are an example of gentleman farmers who contributed to local and county civic life and who through the exceptional qualities of one ancestor became wealthy, but eventually had to relinquish their estate as they could no longer pursue the lifestyle of the previous three centuries.
In this illustrated talk the Hole family of Parke is explored, and the following questions will be addressed:
How did William Hole, a map maker acquire his fortune in the 1700s?
How did his son William afford the Parke estate in 1826?
As the largest landowners in Bovey Tracey why were they never Lords of the Manor?
Why did William Gerald Hole give Parke to the National Trust in 1974?
Dr. Frances Billinge, a retired education officer, lives in Bovey Tracey and spends her time researching local history. Her work has been published in the Ecclesiastical History Society Studies in Church History; Transactions of the Devonshire Association; and The Devon Historian.
Picture above: William Gerald Hole at Parke. By kind permission of the Hole family.
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