FRANCES BILLINGE

B. Sc., M. Sc., Ph. D.

Honorary Associate Research Fellow University of Exeter.

Local Historian of Bovey Tracey.

I hope you enjoy reading my work. On this site you will find presentations on topics, my published papers, and a list of work in progress.
Do contact me if you would like me to talk to your society. The questions asked at talks are a great help.
Please get in touch if you have comments, suggestions, information or questions.

Let me know if you would like me to try and find out more about the history of your Bovey Tracey house or family. I am currently researching the ‘inmates’ of the Devon House of Mercy, the Tracey family and their nursing service in WWI, as well as Langaller Manor.

RECENTLY ADDED –

Lydia Eleanor Bush, Martha Susanna Froude and Florence Alicia St John – under Places, Devon House of Mercy. Family members have kindly sent me details of other  sisters and ‘inmates’. 

T. H. Lyon and Haytor Vale – under Topics.  This is the story of the renowned architect Thomas Henry Lyon, the houses he designed along a lane in Haytor Vale which people now sometimes refer to as  ‘millionaire’s row’. The history of this lane from a miners’ track to a desirable residential area is explored. Notable residents included Dame Violet Wills who was a benefactor of Bovey Tracey and Hawkmoor Hospitals, and her sister Mrs Ella Rowcroft known for her philanthropy in the establishment of provision at Torbay Hospital and what is now known as Rowcroft Hopsice.

Riverside Mill – under  Places. If you have any memories or old photographs please do contact me. I would be interested to hear about when it was the Co-op bakery. 

Milvertonunder Places. After Heathfield House was built on the corner of Ashburton Road and Newton Road, Milverton was the  first house to be built along the Ashburton Road. Do you know who built it and how it got its name?

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 8 April 2021