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, the Tracey family and their nursing service in WWI, as well as Langaller Manor.


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’. 

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.

Marcella and Harold Tracey – under People. Members of the Tracey family lived at Pitt House on East Street, later named The Manor House. Marcella and Harold were descendants who served on the Salonica Front in World War I.

Strelna- under Places. The first house to be built on Lower Down after the enclosure of common land in the 1860s. 

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 October 2020