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DHRG Book No. 1
Ray Freeman’s first booklet for DHRG tells the stories of the Holdsworth and Newman families, interrelated by marriage, who had a major influence on the affairs of Dartmouth and the surrounding areas from the 17th century onwards. Both contributed immensely to the development of Dartmouth.
DHRG Book No. 2
The late Dr Giles Keane wrote this history of Dartmouth and Kingswear Cottage Hospital starting from its beginnings in 1887 to 1991. A second edition of this booklet, published by the League of Friends to bring the history up to 2014, is available from Dartmouth Museum.
DHRG Book No. 40
This book combines the memories of local people with official records and other contemporary accounts to chart the impact as the communities of the Dart were immersed in war.
DHRG Book No. 39
Hilary Sunman and Peter Prynn describe, with many photographs and illustrations, how Dartmouth shops have changed since the 1960s. Updated second edition now available.
DHRG Book No. 38
This concise book tells the story of the quiet ironmonger from Dartmouth who changed the world by inventing the Newcomen engine, paving the way for James Watt, and for Richard Trevithick, the fiery Cornishman who built the first steam locomotive.
DHRG Book No. 36
Bayards Cove is one of Dartmouth’s oldest and most scenic locations, and this book contains a wealth of information about the fort, the quay, and the buildings that stand upon it.
DHRG Book No. 34
Eric Preston’s book describes two raids on German-occupied Sark carried out by allied commandos in December 1943, crossing the Channel from Dartmouth in small, fast boats under the cover of darkness.
DHRG Book No. 32
History has tended to neglect the Dartmothian suburb of Townstal “up the hill”. Eric Preston's book corrects this omission and provides a mass of detailed information about Townstal's development.
DHRG Book No. 31
Blackpool Sands, two miles to the south west of Dartmouth, is steeped in history. The remains of a prehistoric forest lie beneath the beach, and in 1404 it was the site of a memorable battle between English yeomen and yeowomen and an invading force of Bretons and Frenchmen. The English won!
Date: 31st August 2022
The Dartmouth History Research Group marks with great sadness the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Earlier this year the Queen celebrated the 70th anniversary of her accession on 6th February 2022. To mark her Platinum Jubilee, DHRG researched the history of Royal Jubilees, and how they were celebrated in Dartmouth. To read the article, go to the "Social History" archive category where you will find it in the "Historic Events" section, or put 103194 in the search box.
Date: 30th June 2021
The Dartmouth History Research Group is delighted to announce the publication of When War Came To The Dart, by Hilary Sunman and Gail Ham. The book is the Group's fortieth publication in thirty years and marks the 75th anniversary in 2020 of the end of the Second World War in 1945.
Date: 1st March 2021
The Group have been compiling a directory of the Dartmouth shops from the early 1900's to the present day, based on information from early Directories, memories of older Dartmothians and recent records.The shops are recorded by street names and numbers where known. Separate files are included for north, central and south Dartmouth. Note that this database is still being compiled and is not yet complete.
Date: 12th December 2022
Harry Inder is recognised in Dartmouth as inventor of the town's first motor car. But that's not Harry's only achievement. Barry Inder, his grandson, has been researching Harry's wider contribution to Dartmouth's shipbuilding and engineering history, and his other significant inventions.
DHRG Book No. 30
Dartmouth's Lower Ferry was already operating in 1365; the Higher Ferry was opened with much ceremony in 1831. This book traces the fascinating history of Dartmouth's ferries, all of which still operate today.
DHRG Book No. 29
Ray Freeman’s book summarises the life and legacy of John Flavel in Dartmouth, including the Flavel Church, built and opened in 1896, and the modern Flavel Centre.
DHRG Book No. 28
Alan Coles owned and edited the Dartmouth Chronicle from 1962-1968. He scoured the annals of the Chronicle to find the local sports people who, albeit briefly, were headline news in bygone years.
DHRG Book No. 27
This book plots the origins and development of the Torbay Paint Company until it was taken over and closed down in 1961. It will be of interest to anyone who wishes to understand more about the industrial and commercial development of Dartmouth and Torbay.
DHRG Book No. 26
Written by William Veale’s great, great, great granddaughter, Linda King, the book provides a fascinating insight into the extraordinary career of William Veale and more generally life at sea during the 19th century.
DHRG Book No. 25
Ray Freeman's history of the Castle Hotel, Dartmouth spans humble beginnings as two private houses in 1639, and several rounds of expansion and refurbishment. Its many famous visitors include King Edward VII when he was still the Price of Wales.
DHRG Book No. 24
In the late 14th Century John Hawley, then Mayor of Dartmouth, began to build the town’s first castle, or “fortalice”, at the mouth of the river. Terry Edwards’ work with English Heritage led him into researching this ancient fortress, and he pieced together an impressive picture of how the structure would have looked some 600 years ago.