The Devon - Newfoundland Story

 In the first two weeks of April 2017, the Devonshire Association, working with the Devon Family History Society, is celebrating nearly 600 years of contact and interaction between Devon and Newfoundland.

See the flyer here

Autumn Heritage Talks


This November join us at The St Sidwells Community Centre for a series of exciting new heritage talks relating to St Sidwells and the wider area. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £3.50 per person or £10 for all four talks. Refreshments and nibbles included. Pay on the door.

Wednesday 2nd Nov
“The Witches of St Sidwells” – by Professor Mark Stoyle
To mark Halloween we'll be exploring the witches of St Sidwells with Professor Mark Stoyle.  Did you know the first person to be executed for witchcraft in the south-west was buried at St Sidwells Church?

Wednesday 9th Nov
“The History of the Grecians – from St Sidwells’ United to Exeter City FC” - by Izaak Radecki and William Barrett
A fascinating exploration into the history of Exeter City Football Club with members from the History of St James Park project.

Wednesday 16th Nov
TBC – Coming Soon
Keep an eye on our website.

Wednesday 23rd Nov
“The Last Duel – the story of local hero Dr Hennis” - by Linda Findlay
The last man in the south-west to die in a duel was Exeter's hero of the cholera epidemic Dr Peter Hennis, buried here at St Sidwells. Find out why he was loved by the locals and hated by his killer in this interesting talk by local researcher Linda Findlay.

Halloween Spooky History Tours

Monday, 31 October 2016

16:30 - 18:30

Starting in the Old Chapel at St Sidwells Community Centre, travel back in time on our spooky tour and meet some of the heroes and villains who lived and died here on Sidwell Street as they come back to life to share their stories for one night only!  The tours will run at regular intervals from 16:30 - 18:30 and are family friendly.

By donation.

Fancy dress welcomed.

Sidwella's Heritage Dinner

Wednesday, 19 October 2016
19:00 -22:00

Enjoy a delicious 3 course Anglo Saxon inspired dinner* and a talk by Levi Roach, Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Exeter: “From Æthelstan to Æthelred: Exeter and the South West in the later Anglo-Saxon Age”

Tickets are £22.00 per person (BYO bottle) and can be booked by phoning St Sidwells Community Centre on 01392 666222 or by emailing: bookings@stsidwells.org.uk.

A fundraising dinner for St Sidwell's Community Centre

* vegetarian option available upon request

Tramway Acts and Railway Orders

I have recently been working on a collection of Parliamentary Tramway Acts and Railway Orders, and came across some referring to towns and cities in Devon which might be of interest to historians in Devon.  The Acts and Orders are:


  • Sutton Harbour (Tramways) Act 1872
  • Devonport Corporation (General Powers) Act 1902
  • An Act to Authorize The Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway Company to vary the Line of a certain part of the said Railway; and to amend the Acts passed for making the said Railway. 2nd July 1821
  • Devonport Light Railway Order 1905


The 1902 Act and 1905 Order have both been removed from bound books, the 1821 and 1872 Acts have been specially printed and sill have what appears to be the original ribbon binding them. They are in quite good condition, although the older Acts are torn and ragged around the edges of the pages.

I will be happy to send them to anyone who will be interested in them.


Hannah Bale.

Curatorial Assistant
The National Tramway Museum, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

Tel: 01773 854338

Hannah.Bale@tramway.co.uk

East Devon Parks


Burrator Heritage Project Event

A special event is being hosted at Burrator Reservoir to mark the end of our initial 3 year Burrator Heritage Project on Thursday, 22 September, 1pm-6.30pm followed by a short bat walk.

Visitors will be welcome to drop in any time between 1pm-6.30pm and can be shown around the Centre & outdoor education space, provide you with the chance to try out/see some of the activities on offer, which include cooking in our new cob oven, toasting a marshmallow over a camp fire or some woodwork, and share future project ideas…and enjoy some tea and cake!



See the recent newsletter here.

The Historical Association - Plymouth Branch 2016-17 Programme

Lecture Programme 2016 - 17

Meetings are open to all, and are free for national or local members of the Historical Association. This is a joint programme in collaboration with the History Department at the University of Plymouth. All meetings start at 7.00 pm on Tuesdays, and are held in the Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth. All meetings take place in Theatre 2.

See this link for the full programme or here as a PDF.