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

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Baptist Church- information has come to light while researching nearby Cromwell House which shows that the Baptist community  had a meeting house on Hind Street by 1710- earlier than previously proven

Cromwell House  – under places. The story of a house in the centre of the ancient borough.

Devon House of Mercy– under places gives information on  some of the women  who lived there as sisters, inmates or visitors. The memorial to Sr Frances Ruth of the Mission House can be seen in the Parish Church. 

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 11 June  2019