Local history articles

History articles, mostly local, though we reserve the right to publish material from elsewhere if we think it will be of interest.

How I Spent My Lockdown

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Something completely different from CAHMS's former secretary.

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An Amateur Tramp in Devon - part 4

Extract of story of 1912 walk from Plymouth to Exeter by journalist posing as tramp, staying in workhouses. Transcribed by John Heal. Part 4 of 4.

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An Amateur Tramp in Devon - part 3

Extract of story of 1912 walk from Plymouth to Exeter by journalist posing as tramp, staying in workhouses. Transcribed by John Heal. Part 3 of 4.

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An Amateur Tramp in Devon - part 2

Extract of story of 1912 walk from Plymouth to Exeter by journalist posing as tramp, staying in workhouses. Transcribed by John Heal. Part 2 of 4.

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An Amateur Tramp in Devon - intro and part 1

Extract of story of 1912 walk from Plymouth to Exeter by journalist posing as a tramp and staying in workhouses. Transcribed by John Heal.

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The Trade of Crediton

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Article drawing on 19th century Western Times material about Crediton's wool and shoemaking trades.

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The Nickels Family

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Early C20 Nickels family history documents. Apart from the genealogical interest, they are lovely period pieces with lots of Crediton references

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Old Units of Measurement

Some notes on old units of measurement, which may be helpful when studying old maps and documents relating to land use.

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Paleography

CAHMS archive volunteers on paleography course

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Devonshire Wrestling

News of research into Devon Wrestling memorabilia and primary sources

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Silk Embroidered Postcards

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The silk embroidered postcards popular before and during WW1

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Robin Langhorne's notes on his copy of the Norden 1598 map

Notes on the copy made by Robin Langhorne, of the Sillifant copy of the 1598 John Norden terrier of the Crediton Hundred.

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The Great Fire of Crediton

On 14 August 1743 (a Sunday morning), a great fire started, completely destroying High Street and buildings in the "West Town".

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Ballad for a young lady from Newton St Cyres

Sheet music for a Victorian ballad dedicated to Miss Elizabeth Helmore of Newton St Cyres. who married Joseph Carter of Exwick in 1844

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Leopold Agar Denys Montague (1861-1940)

Soldier, author and antiquities collector

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Penny-farthing bicycles

The first machines to be called bicycles.

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Crediton Ploughing Match

Exeter Flying Post 1st Nov 1838

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General Sir Redvers Buller

Redvers Buller's career in the army of Queen Victoria, of whom he became a favourite, began in 1858, and took him to many parts of the British Empire.

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