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.
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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 and also the Tracey family and their nursing service in WWI


Sister Helen Horne, 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’. 

Pioneering Women– under Topics. Josephine Maynard was born in Bovey Tracey, read PPE at Oxford in the early twentieth century, and became private secretary to the Minister of Agriculture in WWII.

RALPH BULLER HUGHES BULLER of DUNLEY  – under People. Ralph led an exceptional life of public service in India and returned to Devon to assist with recruitment in WWI.

Fore Street – under Places. The Constitutional Club at number 56, and its foundation stones.

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 4 August  2020