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E.J. Burnham, A Guide to Seaton and District, 1912 E.J. Burnham, A Guide to Seaton and District, 1912

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ISBN: 1-84630-317-6
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Republished here is the 5th edition of A Guide to Seaton and District. Including Axmouth, Colyford, Colyton, Beer & Branscombe. Containing some 161 printed pages the Guide was first published in 1912 and this edition was published by E. J. Burnham in Seaton at the height of the town's popularity as a flourishing seaside resort that could boast of Britain's first true holiday camp, Warner's.

A Guide to Seaton & District contains some thirty-pages of advertisements, a map of the area covered by the guide as well as a street map of the town of Seaton. The text is illustrated throughout with twenty-eight monochrome photographs. Beginning with the town of Seaton, the Guide is keen to inform its readers that this is the place for a quite and restful holiday, without the associated so-called 'attractions' of popular seaside resorts. Described as perhaps the 'most bracing place' on the south Devon Coast and an excellent point from which to explore the attractions of the rest of the south Devon Coast. The Guide goes on to list the various places to stay in the town as well as its chief topographical features, notably the ancient Church of St. Gregory. A good deal of information is provided on the history of the church, its bells as well as comments on the parish registers, which date from 1584. Further information is provided by the Seaton & District Guide to the town's possible Roman origins and other important events in the history of the town such as the Battle of Brunanburgh in 957.

From Seaton, the Seaton & District Guide provides fascinating local descriptions of historical events and places within easy reach by foot of Seaton. These include the beauty spot of 'The Landslip'; Bindon and Axmouth; Colyford & Colyton; Beer, the Stone Quarries & Bovey ending with Branscombe and outlying places of interest further than easy walking distance from Seaton. For each destination the Guide provides useful and interesting local information for the tourist and reader.

Always of popular interest, historically and socially, guidebooks such as a Guide to Seaton and District provide valuable snapshots into many places that have often changed out of all recognition. The twenty-eight black-and-white photographs that accompany the text will be of especial interest to many readers as will the many advertisements from local tradesmen and hostelries.

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Rev. William Thos. Adey, All About Kingsbridge and Salcombe, A New and Practical Illustrated Guide for the Use of Visitors, 1903 Rev. William Thos. Adey, All About Kingsbridge and Salcombe, A New and Practical Illustrated Guide for the Use of Visitors, 1903

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ISBN: 1-84630-308-7
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First published in 1903 and is the second and revised edition of the Rev. William Thomas Adey's All About Kingsbridge & Salcombe. Containing 174 printed pages with twenty-eight photographs of the areas in question, the publication carries the subtitle A New & Practical Guide for the Use of Visitors. Replete with Numerous Pictures, Portraits, & Facts, Now First Collected .... and was published in Kingsbridge in 1903 or shortly after.

A baptist minister, the Rev. William Thomas Adey was responsible for numerous guidebooks published between 1890 and 1910, numbered amongst which is All About Kingsbridge & Salcombe. Adey (1844-1925) was born at Leighton Buzzard an initially trained as a printers apprentice. However, in 1866 he began his first baptist ministry at Darlington. After a string of ministries in Leeds, Scarborough - where he wrote and published his first guide book, A Guide to Scarborough - Whitechapel in London before taking-up a mission at Kingsbridge in Devon in 1893. Before turning his attentions to the history of his new town, Adey published his best-known work: A Historical Guide to Kirkstall Abbey, published in his former town of Leeds in 1897.

All About Kingsbridge & Salcombe is divided into twenty-eight brief chapters and is dedicated to all lovers of Devon. Beginning with a general introduction to the 'picturesque little town' of Kingsbridge, Adey makes pains to point out that although Kingsbridge was but a distant dream for most in the 1850s, by 1903 third class tourist tickets could be purchased in London and within seven hours Kingsbridge could be reached by those with only meagre means at their disposal. Old coaching days and the towns inns and hotels are illustrated in some detail before Adey rambles through the town pointing out to his readers the most remarkable features that it had to offer using the town's churches as reference points before providing biographical sketches on some of the most remarkable men of Kingsbridge and notes on the areas flora and fauna.

The section on Salcombe begins with the 'Courtenay Walk', which was constructed by the Earl of Devon and dedicated to his visitors. Adey goes on to described 'The Bar', Thurlestone Rock and Village and many gems of the coast east of Salcombe, including Charleton, Frogmore, South Pool, Portlemouth, Prawle Point and Lannacombe and 'The Start Point' a four-mile described walk via Hallsands, Beesands ending up at Torcross Ley. All About Kingsbridge & Salcombe is concluded by the area as an anglers paradise and the civic institutions of the towns of Kingsbridge and Salcombe.

Accompanied by numerous photographs, sketches and advertisements by local traders, All About Kingsbridge & Salcombe is a little gem of a publication for this beautiful area of England.

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Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, A New Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Dartmoor, 1897 Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, A New Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Dartmoor, 1897

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First published in 1897 and republished here is Ward, Lock & Co's Guide to Dartmoor, the complete title of which reads as follows: A New Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Dartmoor: its Tors, Antiquities & Rivers, Profusely Illustrated. Containing some 200 printed pages, the original contains a plethora of photographs, illustrations and maps, together with hundreds of contemporary advertisements for the holiday trade in the Dartmoor area and beyond.

In 1854, Ebenezer Ward and George Lock starting a publishing concern and the partnership, not surprisingly, was called Ward and Lock. The business was originally based in Fleet Street, London but, by the 1870s, it had outgrown its premises and so in 1878 the business moved to Warwick House in Salisbury Square, London. In the early 1880s, the company became the proprietors of Shaw's widely-known and well-established series of tourist guides. In 1882, an office was opened in New York, America, and in 1884 a further office was opened in Melbourne, Australia. In the mid-1890s, the company opened an office in Toronto, Canada; however, this was closed in 1919. Ward, Lock & Co., is now part of the Penguin Group

In a promotional statement from 1924 Ward, Lock stated that 'The use of a reliable guide book doubles the pleasure and interest of a holiday. These well-known books are not dull, dry-as-dust compilations. but pleasant travelling companions, readable from cover to cover. Each volume contains the latest Maps and Plans and is lavishly illustrated. In all cases a much wider area is included than the title indicates, and it will be found that nearly every holiday and health resort of importance is described in one or more of the volumes'. This was no idle boast. By the 1950s Ward & Lock had published some 160 titles in their Illustrated Guides Series covering almost every holiday district and seaside resort of consequence in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Adopting their familiar red cloth covers in 1892, Ward & Lock employed a special staff of qualified editors and correspondents who continually toured the land, compiling and revising material on all places and matters of interest to the holidaymaker and on such subjects as the local history, geology, botany and zoology of the areas concerned. The level of detail provided for the independent tourist in the so-called 'Red guides' was unsurpassed.

Containing some 200 printed pages Ward & Lock's Illustrated Guide to Dartmoor contains a plethora of illustrations, mostly photographs of the places illustrated in the guide. Beginning in Bovey Tracey and ending in Ashburton the Illustrated Guide provides descriptions of eleven excursions that the independent tourist could embark on. The excursions include Bovey Tracey and its environs to destinations such as Hey Tor, Grimspound and Buckland Drives; Moretonhampstead and its neighbourhood; Chagford and its neighbourhood, including Hunt's Tor and Fingle Bridge; Okehampton and moorland walks; Tavistock and its neighbourhood; moorland excursions from Tavistock, Princetown and Ashburton.

Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs, detailed maps, many hundreds of contemporary advertisements and wonderful descriptions of the places visited, the quality of Ward & Lock's Red Guides has meant that they have endured the test of time and have already become eminently collectable titles.

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Baddeley & Ward, Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall, 8th & 9th editions, 1904 & 1912 Baddeley & Ward, Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall, 8th & 9th editions, 1904 & 1912

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ISBN: 1-84630-210-2

Republished here in fully-searchable digital format is the 8th and 9th editions of Baddeley & Ward's Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall, originally published in London by Dulau & Co., in 1904. Published as part of Baddeley and Ward's 'Thorough Guide' Series, these editions contain 195 and 261 printed pages and carries the full title of Thorough Guide Series: North Devon [Including West Somerset] and North Cornwall. From Exmoor to the Scilly Isles with a Description of the Various Approaches.

Mountford John Byrde Baddeley (1843-1906) distinguished himself as a guide book writer of the late 19th early 20th centuries, with his first 'Thorough Guide', that to the Lake District, being published by Dulau in 1880. This publication alone went through 23 editions, the last being published by Hammond in 1978 illustrating the enduring appeal of the format of Baddeley's Thorough Guides, which encompassed twenty regions throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

This edition of the Baddeley's Thorough Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall was edited by Baddeley, the text written by Charles Slegg Ward with maps and plans by J. Bartholomew. Written for the independent tourist travelling on foot, bicycle by coach or rail these guides were at the time of their publication particularly highly regarded and praised in the national newspapers for their accuracy, tasteful topographic descriptions and beautiful maps and these aspects of the Thorough Guides series was as true then as it is today. The 9th edition for North Devon and North Cornwall includes a number of gradient route maps designed for cyclists, which also note dangerous bends in roads and approaches into towns and villages.

The Thorough Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall includes fifteen main destinations, which are Exeter, Barnstaple, Dulverton, Lynton, Ilfracombe, Clovelly, Lundy, Bideford, Bude, Boscastle, Wadebridge, St. Agnes, Land's End, Lizard and the Scilly Isles, including all the major towns in between such as Exmoor, Newquay and Penzance. Each of the destinations is accompanied by descriptions of how to get there be it by rail, bicycle or coach and on arrival where to stay. From these focal points the Thorough Guide provides notes for all the activities available in the area, such as notes for walkers, notes for cyclists, anglers, golfers and the like as well as learned topographical descriptions provided by Ward on the local buildings, places and sights of interest. From each stopping point the reader is offered a number of day trips or excursions, which are aimed walkers with varying levels of fitness to cyclists prepared to cycle more than 100 miles in a day!

One of the distinguishing features of the Thorough Guides series are the excellent maps and plans that accompany the guides and the 1904 edition for North Devon and North Cornwall is no exception. This edition includes fifteen coloured, contoured maps as well as street plans of the towns of Exeter, Ilfracombe, Newquay and Penzance as well as a diagram of the interior of Exeter Cathedral. The nature of the maps, showing reliefs and gradients are akin to modern discovery series Ordnance Survey Maps all of which mark the routes described in Ward's text.

These editions of the Thorough Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall are an excellent travel companion for the environs that it covers and all editions in this series have now become eminently desirable to collectors, the maps alone making this digital republication a worthy edition to anyone with an interest in the north Devon and Cornwall areas of England.

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Baddeley & Ward, Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall, 1915 Baddeley & Ward, Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall, 1915

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ISBN: 1-84630-212-9

Republished here in fully-searchable digital format is the 8th edition of Baddeley & Ward's Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall, originally published in London by Thomas Nelson & Sons., in 1915. Published as part of Baddeley and Ward's 'Thorough Guide' Series, this edition contains 405 printed pages and carries the full title of Thorough Guide Series: South Devon & South Cornwall with a Full Description of Dartmoor and the Isles of Scilly.

Mountford John Byrde Baddeley (1843-1906) distinguished himself as a guide book writer of the late 19th early 20th centuries, with his first 'Thorough Guide', that to the Lake District, being published by Dulau in 1880. This publication alone went through 23 editions, the last being published by Hammond in 1978 illustrating the enduring appeal of the format of Baddeley's Thorough Guides, which encompassed twenty regions throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

This edition of the Baddeley's Thorough Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall was edited by W. Baxter, the text written by Charles .Slegg Ward with maps and plans by J. Bartholomew and includes some twenty pages of advertisements, list of golf courses, approaches and an introduction. Written for the independent tourist travelling on foot, bicycle by coach or rail these guides were at the time of their publication particularly highly regarded and praised in the national newspapers for their accuracy, tasteful topographic descriptions and beautiful maps and these aspects of the Thorough Guides series was as true then as it is today. The 8th edition for South Devon and South Cornwall includes a number of gradient route maps designed for cyclists, which also note dangerous bends in roads and approaches into towns and villages.

The Thorough Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall includes thirty-four main destinations, which are Lyme Regis, Seaton, Sidmouth, Exeter, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmore, Ashburton, Bovery Tracey, Lustleigh & Moreton Hampstead, Chagford, Okehampton, Lydford, Tavistock, Ivybridge, Plymouth & Devonport, Liskeard, Lostwithiel, St. Austell, Truro, Fowey, Falmouth, The Lizard, Marazion, St. Michael's Mount, Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. Each of the destinations is accompanied by descriptions of how to get there be it by rail, bicycle or coach and on arrival where to stay. From these focal points the Thorough Guide provides notes for all the activities available in the area, such as notes for walkers, notes for cyclists, anglers, golfers and the like as well as learned topographical descriptions provided by Ward on the local buildings, places and sights of interest. From each stopping point the reader is offered a number of day trips or excursions, which are aimed walkers with varying levels of fitness to cyclists prepared to cycle more than 100 miles in a day!

One of the distinguishing features of the Thorough Guides series are the excellent maps and plans that accompany the guides and the 1915 edition for South Devon and South Cornwall is no exception. This edition includes fourteen coloured, contoured maps as well as a number of street plans, as well as a diagram of the interior of Exeter Cathedral and coloured route-maps specifically designed for cyclists. The nature of the maps, showing reliefs and gradients are akin to modern discovery series Ordnance Survey Maps all of which mark the routes described in Ward's text.

The 1915 edition of the Thorough Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall is an excellent travel companion for the environs that it covers and all editions in this series have now become eminently desirable to collectors, the maps alone making this digital republication a worthy edition to anyone with an interest in the north Devon and Cornwall areas of England.

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Some Old Devon Churches Some Old Devon Churches

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All three volumes of this important publication by John Stabb, published in 1908.

Hundreds of old photographs, plus descriptions of the churches.

"Every Devonian who has a bookshelf for fact and fiction, describing his blood county of orchards, lanes, and good red earth, will make a place thereon for this admirable volume of pictures. Devonshire churches are remarkable for the rood or chancel screens of noble carved wood work with which they are adorned, and the architectural student and antiquary will be grateful to the author for the splendid photographs of numerous examples that he gives. The book is nicely arranged, the plates with the exception of a frontispiece being collected at the end, leaving the forepart of the volume for concise descriptions of the churches illustrated in alphabetical order."

Use the photographs to illustrate your family history book. They show the places where your ancestors were married, and even the fonts where they were baptised.

 


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Civil and Ecclesiastical History of Exeter, 1841 Civil and Ecclesiastical History of Exeter, 1841

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A different viewpoint of the city's history from Roman times to the 1800's. This focuses more on the religious and civil progress. Excellent descriptions of the churches and important buildings. Interestingly it describes places in and around the city, so you can experience the streets your ancestors would've walked for yourselves. 


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History of the City of Exeter History of the City of Exeter

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Includes a 1617 Morden map of Exeter. This is more like the history books we are used to, covering the history of the city in fantastic detail. It describes the city during Roman, Saxon and Norman times. It also includes how the city fared under the reign of all the other monarchs up to the late 1800s. It has separate chapters on the Castle, Guildhall, Notable people and the Canal. Lists many names and their coat of arms. 


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An Account of Exeter's Merchant Adventurers in 16th century An Account of Exeter's Merchant Adventurers in 16th century

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An account of the most significant Guild in 16th century Exeter. Previously an oath taken by members of the guild prevented them revealing the affairs of Merchant Adventurers, so little is known about them and they have been omitted from other history books.

In 1873, this changed with the publication of this book. The pages are full of the daring feats of the adventurers and how they battled to establish trade across the seas. Amongst the accounts are descriptions of Raleigh, Drake, Davis and the Gilberts.

 


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Remarkable Antiquities of the City of Exeter Remarkable Antiquities of the City of Exeter

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1049 - 1677.

Published 1741

Contains a map of the city by Sutton Nicholls.

Lists lots of important people such as Mayors, Chamberlains, Sword Bearers and Bailiffs. Full of great illustrations of Coats of Arms.

Contains a time line dating back to 1200, describing incidents and points of interest. These incidents are not solely about the nobles; they contain plenty of ordinary citizens too.

To make it incredibly easy for family historians it has a name index at the back. A lovely, old leather bound book with old-fashioned print.

 


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Hoker's Description and Account of Exeter Hoker's Description and Account of Exeter

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Written by the Parliamentary Representative for Exeter in 1765

Describes the duties of each office e.g. office of Scavengers, Wardens of the Poor, Swordbearers etc. Has biographies of the Bishops of Exeter between 905 - 1765 and contains the early history of the city from it's foundation to 1765.  


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Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records

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Published in 1877 this book contains exactly what the title describes, information that has been collected by Cotton and Woolcombe from the Municipal and Cathedral records that is relative to the history of Exeter city. They uncover, from the extensive financial entries, treacheries and plans, as far back as 1300, which would perhaps otherwise remain unknown. A great piece of detective work. 


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Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual, 1933 Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual, 1933

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ISBN: 1-84630-222-6

Republished here in fully searchable digital format is the 65th edition of Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual. Printed and published in Plymouth in 1933 by Hoyten & Cole, Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual advertised itself as 'A book to Read and a Book to Refer to', which sums-up this publication quite nicely. Containing 462 printed pages of all sorts of miscellany such as directories of doctors, druggists, etc., tide tables, lighting up times, lists of churches, fairs, market days, packet ships, postal delivery services and much, much more.

As with all of the editions of Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual, the publication paints an intimate portrait of the world as it was in the year of the Annual's publication, with particular emphasis on the Devon and Cornwall areas of England. A treasury of social history for the Western Counties, the Annual contains hundreds of local and indeed nation advertisements as well as hundreds of photographs of people and events from the western counties in 1932/33.

Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual was founded by Thomas Sweet Doidge and first published in 1869, the longevity of the Annual clearly illustration its popularity and success. Thomas Sweet Doidge, a Wesleyan Methodist was born in West Teignmouth in 1833, the son John Sweet Doidge, who ran a successful book shop in Plymouth. John Doidge gained a reputation as an ingenious and successful bookseller by offering huge discounts on new titles from American and London publishers, some at less that a quarter of the advertised price. By 1864 Thomas Sweet Doidge had inherited his father's business, which he moved to 169-70 Union Street in 1867. Continuing with his father's practice of allowing vast discounts on new books, Thomas quickly built-up the largest booksellers in the West of England. It was from Union Street that Doidge first published his highly successful Western Counties Illustrated Annual in 1869, which he continued to published until his death in 1888. Publication of the Annual remained in the control of the family after Thomas's death, when two of his young daughters, Evelyn and Lily continued their father's business, finally relinquishing the Annual to Messrs Hoyten and Cole in 1900, who retained by the Annual's name and highly successful format.

Apart from the miscellany of directories, photographs and advertisements the 1933 edition of Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual also contains some thirty short stories and sketches and numerous poems all of which make Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual a fascinating and highly entertaining publication.

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Devonshire Parishes - Charles Worthy Devonshire Parishes - Charles Worthy

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A superb set of two volumes describing the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty eight parishes in the Archdeaconry of Totnes. Lots and lots of names and a superb index. 


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Ashburton and its Neighbourhood - Charles Worthy 1875 Ashburton and its Neighbourhood - Charles Worthy 1875

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A history and description of the churches and antiquities in the area which includes the parishes of Manaton, Dean Prior, Tor Brian, Staverton and Landscove. 


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Devon 1825 Greenwoods Maps - 1" to 1 mile Devon 1825 Greenwoods Maps - 1" to 1 mile

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Stunning, huge and incredibly detailed 1" to 1 mile scale maps of the whole of Devon in 1825.

Illustrated here is just one of the three maps. What we have done for the CD is to make a small full screen county map that you can then click on to enlarge each section. Each section can then be zoomed in and scrolled on screen to show the very finest detail.

This is an absolute *must* for all with history and genealogy interests in Devon. 


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Highways and Byways in Devon and Cornwall Highways and Byways in Devon and Cornwall

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1897

Full of wonderful illustrations. The first chapter covers topics such as Cornish Superstitions, Sea Life Two Centuries Ago and Hidden Folklore. Subsequent chapters take you across the counties describing the journey and places on the way. The information contained in this book is fascinating, full of real stories about the people and places in this area. A must for anyone with Devon or Cornwall ancestors. 


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Devonshire Characters and Strange Events Devonshire Characters and Strange Events

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Most interesting to Family Historians since it doesn't look at Worthies and Notables but ordinary folk and is filled with illustrations that really bring these characters alive. Contains tales of wife selling, incomprehensible travellers from the east, sisters who dressed as identical dolls and many other fascinating characters. It even explains this rather strange entry in the parish register,

"1756 Robert Elford was baptized, the child of Susanna Elford by her sisters husband. She was married with the consent of her sister, the wife who was at the wedding."

 


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South Devon Illustrated South Devon Illustrated

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This lovely book, published in 1907, has 24 delightful, colour illustrations. Each of the places listed below are described. For family historians this book will provide a sense of the beauty and history of South Devon, a great way to discover how your ancestors might have felt about the place they lived.

Torquay and Torbay, Dartmouth, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Kingsbridge.

 


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Murrays Hand-book of Devon Murrays Hand-book of Devon

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Published in 1879 this book, produced as a travellers guide to Devon, covers in great detail the history and antiquities of places in Devon. It is set out in routes, so you can follow a recommended journey around the county, i.e. take a tour between London and Exeter via Swindon and Bristol and lots of smaller places in between. For the family historian it has great information and anecdotes about the places ancestors lived, even down to the rail times. It is indexed and fully searchable so no need to trawl through the whole book to find the information you need. 


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The Gentleman's Magazine Library 1731-1868, Derbyshire, Devonshire & Dorsetshire The Gentleman's Magazine Library 1731-1868, Derbyshire, Devonshire & Dorsetshire

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The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.

In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.

An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.

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The Complete Parish Officer 1772 The Complete Parish Officer 1772

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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.

It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.

Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.

 


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County Maps - Cornwall, Devon, Somerset & Dorset County Maps - Cornwall, Devon, Somerset & Dorset

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A wonderful collection of West Country maps.

Cornwall county maps 1695, 1814, 1831, 1837, 1844, 1856.

Newquay town plan 1909.

Devon county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844.

Exeter town plan 1909.

Plymouth and Devonport plan 1896.

Somerset county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844.

Dorset county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844, 1849, 1927, 1931.

 


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The Blizzard in the West -1891 The Blizzard in the West -1891

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A Record of the Disastrous Storm which raged throughout Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset On the Night of March 9th 1891.

A fascinating account, with lots of personal stories and people's names. Early photographs. (Published April 1891 just weeks after the event)

Book kindly loaned by Trevor Western. USA. 


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Mrs. Rodolph Stawell, Motor Tours in the West Country, 1910 Mrs. Rodolph Stawell, Motor Tours in the West Country, 1910

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ISBN: 1-84630-289-7
Number of Pages: 281
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Republished here is the first edition of Mrs Rodolph Stawell's Motor Tours in the West Country. Published by Hodder and Stoughton in London in 1910, this was the companion edition to Stawell's previous Motor Tours in Wales and Yorkshire, whose popularity witnessed second editions within a year of their initial publication.

Containing some 230 printed pages, the original publication is fully-indexed and includes a map of the route taken by the author and her photographer-husband, Rodolph de Salis Stawell, an Australian, who had married Maud Margaret Key in Ireland in 1900. Rodolph Stawell is credited with taking the 48 black-and-white photographs that illustrate Motor Tours in the West County none of which, unfortunately, reveal the author or photographer, but their 'motor' can be seen passing through Cheddar Gorge on page eight. Maud Stawell was a well-known author and translator prior to her marriage to Rodolph Stawell and is perhaps best-remembered for her collaboration in writing and retelling Fabre's Book of Insects, which had been translated by Teixeira Mattos from Souvenirs Entomologiques.

In its review of Motor Tours in the West Country the New York Times wrote that Stawell's intention was fun book primarily written for travellers, while at the same time intending to help the motorist of who their must have been very few. Hodder and Stoughton also viewed Motor Tours of the West Country as having very little in 'common with the dry-as-dust matter of fact guide-book', but was rather a 'delightful volume is specially written for those who like to know something of the history and antiquities of the places through which they pass, and for the lovers of beautiful scenery'. Stawell discusses the principal roads in Devon and Cornwall in considerable while only two chapter, the first and last, are given over to Somerset.

Each of the seven chapters is preceded with a summary of the distances covered. In chapter one, for example, the Stawell's begin their tour in Bristol at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, before travelling to Clevedon, Wells, Ilchester, Crewkerene and arriving at the Devon border some seventy-seven miles later. Of the roads, Stawell writes that there are no bad gradients except near chard, which was a 1 in 8; the road surface from Clifton to Ilchester was poor; Ilchester to Crewkerne, fair; and from Crewkerne to the Border, extremely good. Needless to say, the author has no mention of traffic, how different from today. The preceding chapters include the Heart of Devon from the border to Tavistock; the South Coast of Devon, from Exeter to Plymouth; South Cornwall, from Plymouth to Land's End via St. Buryan; North Cornwall, the longest tour of some 198 miles, from Land's End to Morwenstow; North Devon, from Morwenstow to Porlock and finally back to Somerset, from Porlock to Yeovil.

A beautifully observed account of the stunning scenery through which the Stawell's pass, which presents an honest account of both the difficulties encountered by early motorists - gradients, gravel and hair-pin turns are amongst the many - and the delights of travelling at speeds of almost forty miles per hour in an open-top motor. A truly delightful read and one that must appeal to anyone who enjoys travel literature and the counties through which the Stawell's pass on their tour.

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