B. Sc., M. Sc., Ph. D. Honorary Associate Research Fellow University of Exeter. Local Historian of Bovey Tracey

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Schools for the Poor- under Published Papers. An analysis of elementary school development in the three contrasting Devon communities of Bovey Tracey, Throwleigh, and Dartmouth during the mid-nineteenth century, with particular reference to Annie Croker.

Education in Bovey Tracey 1833-1870 – under Topics. A description of all education available in Bovey Tracey at this time, providing extra  information not covered by the above article.  

Cricket Club Founded 1848 -under Topics. The 150th Centenary of the club was held in 2000. This was two years late! It was William Hole of Parke  and John Divett, the co-owner of the Pottery who started the club and not the Staffordshire pottery workers as previously thought. 

Pinsent  – under People. Tracing the Bovey Tracey ancestors of Sir Matthew Pinsent C.B.E. Olympic  gold medallist rower.

Coombes-  under People. Elizabeth Coombes was born in Hennock in 1838, she married in India and her Indian born children attended Mrs Loveys’ school at Church Hill House. This is the story of how her family rose from a humble background.   

Illustrations: Cross at Challabrook Farm to Commemorate the Civil War; Seals on a local Deed; Signature of John Southcott when Lord of the Manor; The Trough by the Parish Church.

Frances Billinge updated 6 October 2019