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DHRG Book No. 22
Ewart Hutchings was born in Dittisham in 1894. His book provides a vivid first-hand account of a Devon way of life that has now disappeared, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. Ewart soon found himself fighting the German army in France, which he describes graphically. Later in life he returned to Devon and wrote this book for his grandchildren.
DHRG Book No. 21
Wadstray House is about three miles from Dartmouth, in the parish of Blackawton. Using diaries, photographs and personal reminiscences, Irene O’Shea tells the story of a modest, elegant home with a varied history from 1788 onwards.
DHRG Book No. 19
Thomas Wilton moved to Dartmouth in 1884 as manager for the Cwmaman Coal Company. Later he set up his own coaling company, followed in 1911 by the Wilton Steam Shipping Co. He was twice elected Mayor of Dartmouth, and in 1919 he was knighted for his services during the First World War. Written by his grandson, the book describes his career and contribution to the town.
DHRG Book No. 12
Ray Freeman tracked down nearly 30 Wrens who served in Dartmouth during the Second World War, and persuaded them to contribute their own personal recollections. Their tales range from the hilariously funny to those describing the shock and horror of war. Together, these memories provide a vivid account of wartime Dartmouth.
DHRG Book No. 11
Compiled for the 50th anniversary of D-day, Ray Freeman gathered together the memories of people who were involved in the great events of June 1944. She included contributions from civilians, British servicemen and women, people of the South Hams who were turned out of their homes and farms to allow practice landings to take place on Slapton beach, and members of the US and Allied forces.
DHRG Book No. 9
“As a descendant of the last family to live at Oldstone before the fire of 1895, I have felt inspired to gather together what information I could as to the history and lives of the generations who have lived there.” In this booklet, Ursula Dimes charted the long story of this site from the mid 13th century, when it was gifted to Torre Abbey, to the ruins that remain today.
DHRG Book No. 37
This booklet explains the history of the Catholic mission in Dartmouth from 1782, when Catholic priests returned to the town for the first time since the Reformation, to the time of writing.
DHRG Book No. 3
Ivor Smart’s book contains much detailed information about the Newcomen family, their houses, and Dartmouth in the 17th and 18th centuries.
DHRG Book No. 4
This book tells tales of hunting, cock fighting, a great fire and various shipwrecks near Brownstone over the years, and also the building of the still prominent Day Mark tower in 1864.
DHRG Book No. 5
The present Dartmouth Guildhall dates from 1849, as the stone over the entrance proclaims. There have been no less than four previous sites to which the term "Guildhall" is applicable. Ivor Smart traces their history, providing a great deal of information about Dartmouth’s development over many centuries.
DHRG Book No. 6
This book contains a detailed account of the activities of the 23rd MTB Flotilla (motor torpedo boats), one of several Coastal Forces Flotillas based in Dartmouth and Kingswear during the Second World War. Manned by the Free French navy, the flotilla would cross the Channel at night to attack enemy shipping off the French coast and around the Channel Islands.
DHRG Book No. 7
Ivor Smart’s research was as meticulous as ever in this account of the town’s attempts to commemorate one of its most famous sons, engineer Thomas Newcomen. None of these proposals came to fruition until the 1960s when one of Newcomen’s original steam engines was carefully reconstructed in a purpose-built engine house, ensuring that Thomas Newcomen and his association with Dartmouth are not forgotten.
DHRG Book No. 8
Warfleet Creek and the land and houses immediately surrounding it, including Gallants Bower, were once part of a manor and parish quite separate from Dartmouth. Ray Freeman’s story spans the period from the 14th century to the comparatively recent acquisition of Gallants Bower by the National Trust.
DHRG Book No. 10
Diver Tony Aylmer's enthusiasm for the underwater world enabled him to write this fascinating little book about wrecks that lie on the seabed between the mouths of the rivers Erme and Dart.
His tales of local shipwrecks cover nearly 200 years, from HMS Ramillies, which foundered off Bolt Tail in 1760, to the English Trader which came to grief at the mouth of the Dart in 1937.
DHRG Book No. 13
Ivor Smart’s diligent and thorough research provides a detailed account of how the area around where Market Square is today, originally a tidal creek and later a mud bank and mill pond, gradually - over more than 700 years - became a major part of today’s town.
DHRG Book No. 15
In 1861 the Dartmouth Corporation agreed to go ahead with an ambitious plan prepared by engineer William Bell to build a new modern highway sweeping down from Southtown as far as the Quay. The eventual implementation was far more modest, but nevertheless the Newcomen Road vastly improved Dartmouth’s accessibility. Ivor Smart’s inimitable account of the political and commercial wranglings that beset the project provide a fascinating insight into how Dartmouth was run 150 years ago.
DHRG Book No. 17
Dave Griffiths encountered many tense moments during his years as a River Dart pilot, piloting commercial vessels over 200 feet in length up to Totnes, and moe recently manoeuvring 500-foot cruise liners in and out of the harbour. He recounts his stories here with a sense of humour that makes the book an enjoyable read.
DHRG Book No. 18
This was the last book Ivor Smart wrote for the Dartmouth History Research Group. As with all his other publications, it was meticulously researched, and contains quite an astonishing amount of historical detail, describing the business of banking in Dartmouth over 130 years, including dramatic events such as the sudden failure of the Dartmouth General Bank in 1824.
DHRG Book No. 20
This book tells the tale of a group of patriotic Frenchmen who fled to England in a small boat to join the Free French forces, enabling a daring raid on a German signal station at Pointe de Plouezec in Brittany in November 1942. The raiding party, in their high-speed Motor Torpedo Boat, departed from and returned to Dartmouth. The original book was written in French by Michel Guillou, an amateur historian, and has been translated into English for DHRG.
DHRG Book No. 23
During the Second World War small boats of the Royal Navy carried out clandestine missions on the German occupied coast of France. This is the story of the 15th MGB (Motor Gun Boat) Flotilla which carried out such missions between 1941 and 1944, operating out of Dartmouth. The author, Lloyd Bott CBE DSC, was an officer with the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve and was First Lieutenant in MGB 502, one of five boats in the Flotilla.