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When we talk about going for a walk on the ‘open moor’, we’re usually heading for common land, land that is mostly unfenced and where we can seemingly roam at will. Within the boundaries of the Dartmoor National Park, 37% is classified as common land Read more

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Join local historian Alex Mettler for an illustrated talk on the history of The Bedford Hotel, and an exclusive guided tour of the hotel and its associated buildings to uncover some of the hotel's little-known secrets. £30 per person, including a d Read more

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Okehampton people may be familiar with the name Moyes.  There is a Moyses Lane not far from the Castle. While there are many people in the area with that surname, ACE Archaeology Club likes to think it may have something to do with our excavation sit Read more

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PETER ANDERSON Historic England

English Heritage Protecting the past for future generations English Heritage cares for more than 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites across the country. Through caring for these places, English Heritage brings the story of England to life f Read more

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Join local historian Alex Mettler for an illustrated talk and exclusive guided tour, uncovering some of this historic Tavistock hotel's little-known secrets.Friday 11th October - £30 including two course lunch. Advance booking essential, on 01822 613 Read more

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Join us at Buckland for our ‘Summer of fun’. Whether you’re interested in the arts, enjoy going on an adventure, or like to be active, there’s something for you to do this summer. The ‘Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey’ exhibition contin Read more

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From billhooks to motorbikes! It appears that an old blacksmiths shop is a great place to find all sorts of odd and interesting tools and objects - some of which we aren’t even sure what their original purpose was! As a result of this we have dec Read more

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Music runs through Elizabeth-Jane Baldry’s veins like Brighton through a stick of rock. A harpist with a love of fairies, folklore and home-made marmalade, she ‘absolutely fell in love’ with Devon after studying at Exeter University and has lived in Read more

Dartmoor’s Karl Marx Martin McDonagh investigates a Lewtrenchard resident ahead of his time Many years before Marx and Engels, a small group now called ‘The Early English Socialists’ were already writing angrily about the terrible conditions of th Read more

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Descendents of the Bidlake family came from all over the world to their ancestral home in Devon recently, to commemorate 750 years since the land was first bought by their forebears. Many of the far-flung family, from two years old to 86, met each ot Read more

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Life in a Dartmoor community suddenly changed 75 years ago, with the arrival of about 1,500 American men. For the next few months the mainly white US army officers were billeted in Moretonhampstead, while the mainly black GIs built and lived in a ten Read more

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Ossie Palmer

700 years of St Eustachius’ Church Little evidence has been written about the founding of Tavistock Abbey and the records that do exist were not accessible to the local populace, as most folk were illiterate at that time. 'History' was an oral... Read more

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Remember On 22nd of May 1921 the Tavistock war memorial was unveiled and dedicated. On the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 an Armistice was signed at Compiègne, France, dictating cessation of hostilities between the allies and Germany... Read more

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Using the Devon Record Offices for Family History Research Every county holds historical records pertaining to their area, usually in a County Record Office. These paper records are far more extensive than the records which are currently available on Read more

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A decade after the end of WW1, the British Legion organised a ‘pilgrimage’ for 11,000 veterans and war widows to spend three days visiting the cemeteries and battlefields of the Somme, before assembling in Ypres for a service of commemoration and... Read more

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Can you help? Tercentenary of Lady Modiford’s School, Walkhampton Next year Lady Modiford’s School, Walkhampton, celebrates its tercentenary. On 9 September 1719 a document was signed by Lady Elizabeth Modyford endowing a charity school for twenty... Read more

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Local radio ham’s vital role On the night of 31 January 1953, Britain was battered by gale force winds and a tidal surge swept down the east coast, breaching flood defences in 1,200 places. Telephones and coastal radio stations were put out of... Read more

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A Dartmoor Village is developing a redundant phone box into micro-museum in memory of those from the parish that died in the Great War. For many years the moorland community of Princetown have battled to save the BT payphones in their remote... Read more

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Just when you thought that a MED production couldn’t get any better “Stapledon” appears and literally takes centre stage! Again and again MED excel themselves and this play followed suit. Always robustly researched and based upon historical... Read more

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September 6 - 9 & September 13 - 16 Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across... Read more

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