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

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Schools for the Poor- under Published Papers. An analysis of elementary school development in the three contrasting Devon communities of Bovey Tracey, Throwleigh, and Dartmouth during the mid-nineteenth century, with particular reference to Annie Croker.

Education in Bovey Tracey 1833-1870 – under Topics. A description of all education available in Bovey Tracey at this time, providing extra  information not covered by the above article.  

Cricket Club Founded 1848 -under Topics. The 150th Centenary of the club was held in 2000. This was two years late! It was William Hole of Parke  and John Divett, the co-owner of the Pottery who started the club and not the Staffordshire pottery workers as previously thought. 

Pinsent  – under People. Tracing the Bovey Tracey ancestors of Sir Matthew Pinsent C.B.E. Olympic  gold medallist rower.

Alfred Lyon Local Mine Owner- under Topics. He owned Smallacombe Mine, employed local people and used the first traction engine in Bovey Tracey to transport his ore to Bovey Station.

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 November 2019