Useful Links

Below are links to external websites that you may find useful.

  1. Explore the archives and view original documents at the Devon Heritage Centre.
  2. The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales.
  3. The Devon History Society is is a registered charity that promotes the study of all aspects of Devon’s history.
  4. The South West Maritime History Society encourages interest in all aspects of maritime history and promotes research in these fields, leading where possible to the publication of the results of such studies.
  5. GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.
  6. The Dartmouth Directory is an online resource for all things in and around Dartmouth, including accommodation, shopping, estate agents, education and hospitals.
  7. The Blackawton & Street History Group aims to research, collate and record historical information on the twin parishes of Blackawton and Strete publicise activities and outcomes.
  8. Dartmouth Museum is a small but fascinating museum which occupies part of the historic Butterwalk, a terrace of rich merchants’ houses built in 1640.
  9. The Kingswear Devon website provides an abundance of information on Kingswear, on the opposite side of the Dart from Dartmouth.
  10. The Devon Family History Society promotes the study of genealogy and history, especially of Devon families and places.
  11. The Friends of Devon Archive promotes the preservation and use of historical records throughout Devon and to raise public awareness of their importance for research and education.
  12. The Devon Rural Archive in Shilstone, Modbury is an independant heritage centre for the study of Devon’s buildings and landscapes.
  13. Based in Totnes in South Devon, the Totnes Image Bank & Rural Archive is a volunteer-run historic photographic archive.
  14. Dartmouth’s Great War Fallen is a website dedicated to all those commemorated in the town of Dartmouth who died as a result of their service to their country, during or shortly after the Great War.

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Thank you to everyone who came to our event, "A History of Dartmouth in Four Houses" at the Flavel last Saturday, and a special thank you to our speakers and to everyone who helped. Everyone welcome at "History & Cake" on Monday 4 December 2023, 10am-12noon, Baptist Church Hall, Carey Road, Townstal, to discuss history, and eat cake! More info 🍰🏠📖#dartmouth #localhistory #historylovers ... See MoreSee Less
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Looking forward to our event this Saturday, 18 November, 1.30-4.30pm at the Flavel Centre, Dartmouth, "A History of Dartmouth in Four Houses", entry free, just come along. Find out about 500 years of our history and discover sources you can use to research the history of a house. We look forward to seeing you!#dartmouth #localhistory #flavel ... See MoreSee Less
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Rolling on rapidly from Halloween is Bonfire Night. Guy Fawkes' "Gunpowder Treason" against King James I in 1605 created a date in the calendar still with us over 400 years later. Dartmouth's historic town accounts regularly mark the ringing of the bells of St Saviours on November 5th. In 1636, 2s6d was "paid to the Ringers for beere"; by 1766 the payment had gone up to eighteen shillings! It seems likely that celebrations included bonfires although there's no mention of them in the accounts. In the 19th century newspapers reported many public events, though 1883 in Dartmouth was a damp squib, because it "rained in torrents" all night! If you're celebrating, stay safe and dry! #localhistory #dartmouth #guyfawkes ... See MoreSee Less
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"When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning or in rain?"Today Hallowe'en is a time for kids to have fun tricking and treating, but in Dartmouth 421 years ago, witchcraft was a serious matter. In 1601-2, Michael Trevisard, a fisherman, his wife Alice and his son Peter, who lived in Hardness, were all accused of witchcraft before Sir Thomas Ridgway, a Justice of the Peace. Their accusers were all people who lived in the vicinity, and their suspicions of the Trevisards were longstanding. Unpleasant, not to say awful, things had happened, and their neighbours thought Michael, Alice and Peter were responsible. Frustratingly, the surviving records don't tell us what happened. For more information, see our ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us on a journey into the past at a special event, "A History of Dartmouth in Four Houses", on Saturday 18 November at the Flavel Centre, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, from 1.30-4.30pm.Discover 500 years of Dartmouth's history. Learn how to research the history of your home and the people who lived there. Short talks about four houses in Dartmouth; opportunities to ask questions and find out about sources of local information.Everyone welcome, admission free, light refreshments provided. No need to book, just turn up. For more information, see our website #DartmouthPicture: embroidery, St Clement's church, Townstal, with kind permission. ... See MoreSee Less
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