FRANCES BILLINGE local historian of Bovey Tracey

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Seeking Divett Portraits  -under people. From George Ross Divett’s will I know there were several portraits of his family by leading artists Stuart, Sir William Beechey, Sir George Hayter, Sir William Boscall,  and George? Richmond. Does anyone know where they are now?

Old Manse Mary Street – under places. I have written some preliminary notes about the Congregational Church House  in response to a query.

Devon House of Mercy– under places gives information on  some of the women  who lived there as  sisters, inmates or visitors.

Seven Notable and Related Families- under People. Why did seven notable families come to Bovey Tracey in Victorian times? We have argued that the Bullers, Divetts, Fox-Strangways, Lewins, Goulds, Phillpotts and Hughes came  because of the purchase of the Bovey Pottery.

Gerard Manley Hopkins – under people. Hopkins visted Bovey Tracey in 1867 and his itinerary can be traced.

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 16 February 2019