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I am lucky enough to be the site manager at Finch Foundry. Finch is a water-powered hammer mill located in Sticklepath, owned and maintained by the National Trust. From its opening in 1814 by the entrepreneurial Finch family, it grew to become a majo more

9 Jan 2018 13:31 Community News

There are many resources, both in print and online, which will help you learn how to research your family history in a thorough way. There are many books on genealogy available, so I will mention only a few that you may find useful: • Family History more

9 Jan 2018 12:19 History

Who can remember the days when a hockey stick looked like this? This lovely picture was submitted to Oke Links by Mike and Hilary Wreford of Okehampton. Hilary (née Bird) was a former player, captain and secretary of the hockey club. The image of th more

9 Jan 2018 12:16 History

In addition to the well-known association of kissing under a sprig of mistletoe at Christmas, the plant has also been associated over the years with healing powers and fertility as well as a sign of peace and good luck. Mistletoe has come to have s more

5 Dec 2017 14:33 History

There are many resources, both in print and online, which will help you learn how to research your family history in a thorough way. There are numerous books on genealogy, so I will mention only a few that you may find useful: • Family History for Be more

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One of many Okehampton public figures who undertook their duties with pride and diligence… A few years ago, Okehampton Town Council discovered in their archives photographs of a large number of mayors dating back to the 1880s. The council subseque more

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While you are gathering your family history data, it is useful to add it to a family tree as you go along. This will help you visualise the different generations, and show clearly what you have discovered and where data is missing. There are various more

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The aim of the Awards is to encourage all those who work with historic buildings, whether they are Listed or of importance in a townscape or landscape, by acknowledging best conservation practice and good design. The projects in each category were ju more

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Stephen Earp was an 18-year-old stoker on board HMS Ardent during the 1982 Falklands conflict. Now landlord of The Royal Oak Inn at Meavy, he visited The Falklands in 2016 for the first time since the war and returned again earlier this year for the more

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The world of genealogy is changing all the time these days, with new information coming online every year. To find out as much as you can about your ancestors, you will need to use as many different sources as possible. There are several online genea more

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Join local historian and town guide Simon Dell for another of his popular “Walk and Supper” dates, in partnership with The Bedford Hotel. Simon will lead a stroll around the town looking at the industrial heritage of Tavistock, the iron foundries, more

30 Aug 2017 15:16 Community News

This July archaeologists will be working with the local community in Widecombe in the Moor to try and uncover more of the secrets buried at the site of one of only four moated medieval manor houses in Devon. North Hall Manor has, in recent years, be more

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Anna Eliza Bray (1790–1883) was a writer who lived in Tavistock between 1822 and 1857. She had married the antiquarian Charles Alfred Stothard in February 1818, when she was twenty-eight, but was widowed three years later. more

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In the centre of Tavistock, between the Wharf and Fitzford, is a public park known as The Meadows, through which the River Tavy and the Tavistock Canal flow. There are many facilities here for sport, including the Meadowland's swimming pool, the Sir more

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Beautiful Great Bidlake Manor, just outside Bridestowe, is the ancestral home of the Bidlake family, who can trace their roots back 56 generations to the Danish royal family in 259AD, via Malcolm “Long-Neck” King of Scots (1031- 1093) more

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Work is progressing well on the repair and restoration of the Grade II listed Butchers' Hall, adjacent to the Pannier Market in the centre of Tavistock. The contractors, A D Williams, are currently putting the finishing touches to the restored... more

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Originally started during the reign of King Henry 1 in 1105, Dr Ann Pulsford charts the history of our Tavistock Farmers’ Market which is still thriving today. Tavistock is a ‘market’ town; a legal definition which originated in the Middle Ages... more

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One of Tavistock's great assets is the proximity of Whitchurch Down. Virtually unchanged over centuries with a long established place in farming. Here, Helen Harris gives us a fascinating insight into its many uses over the centuries... more

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In the last issue we discussed using census records, how to access them and what the main pitfalls are. In this issue we will look at the types of information which census records give, but bear in mind that they can vary a great deal. more

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On a bright, sunny summer morning the Bere Peninsula may seem remote, relaxed, even sleepy, with the broad Tamar stretching away southwards towards Plymouth and the sea. But it has seen different days. In medieval times the area, known then as... more

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