Widecombe History Group Minutes April 2008

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A Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House Widecombe on Wednesday 2nd April 2008 at 7.30 p.m.

Apologies: Mike & Mo Wright, Roger & Ann Claxton, John Butcher, Bessie French, Diane Leaworthy, Rodney Cruze, Rosemary Mortimore and Marcia Cunningham.

Mrs Mary Pascoe was in the chair and 60 people signed in but there were a few extras also.

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Devon Records Office.

Receipts have been received from D.R.O. for the Widecombe School Ledgers and other records, and The Widecombe Parish Tithe Map. Copies of the relevant receipts will be sent to the School and The Parish Council, for their records, and originals will be placed into the Parish Chest.

Roger Claxton is going to attempt to copy the associated Apportionment Book onto DVD for use in connection with the DVD of the digitised Map.

Work on the Summer Exhibition is continuing. This will be held at The Church House Widecombe from Saturday 19th July - Monday 21st July, from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. each day.

On Saturday 19th July the Devon County Information Coach will attend to assist local people in researching their family history.

In association with this a ‘Film Show’ of local interest will be held at Leusdon Memorial Hall on Friday 18th July at 7.30 p.m. to launch the event. There will be no charge but tickets will need to be obtained prior to the evening with a limit of 100. The Leusdon Hall Management Committee will provide tea, coffee and light refreshments at moderate cost during the interval and a retiring collection will be appreciated for the Hall funds. Tickets obtainable from Margaret Phipps on 01364 631 421.

A further offer of funds towards a community project has been muted. To date nothing concrete has been received.

North Hall:

Peter Rennells continues to bring the group encouraging news of his research into North Hall. Further contact is needed with Mr & Mrs Skinner regarding the management of the Orchard. The trees grafted in February with the help from their son David will need planting and protecting.

It was suggested that Simon Tame should be put in contact with them as he has offered to assist.

Widecombe Town Manor:

North Hall is the site of the original Manor House of this Manor. In conjunction with the research into North Hall the group is attempting to record as much information about the whole of Widecombe Town Manor as they can. William & Angela Bell of Wooder have given the group copies of some old photographs of Wooder c1900 and a copy of a map displaying the Widecombe Manor Boundary which also shows the position and names of the Manor Boundary Stones. Jim Churchward and Roger Whale have agreed to trace the exact position of these stones and get an accurate map reference for each. Approach will then be made to all relevant landowners to arrange a ‘Beating of the Bounds’ of the Manor. In conjunction with this the Dartmoor National Park are assisting the group in getting a stone donated by Roger Whale, engraved with two X’s and the words ‘Two Crosses’, and placing it at Two Crosses above Southcombe where the Manors of Jordan, Blackslade & Dunstone, and Widecombe Town meet. This is the South-west Corner of the Manor where years ago two crosses were cut into the turf and annually renewed by the village ‘lengthman’.

The Environmental & Rural Life Branch of The Devon Federation of Women’s Institutes are visiting us on Thursday 3rd April for a presentation preceded by tea/coffee and biscuits. After lunch they will be given a guided walk around the village and the church. Various members have agreed to assist with this as speakers, refreshment providers, manning the bookstall and walk leaders. There appears to have been more of their members that wished to attend than we could accommodate (limit of 80). We have been asked to do a similar repeat function for the others in the autumn, date to be arranged.

There has been a request that our annual programme could be published on our website.

Mechanical model of Uncle Tom Cobley & All:

Mike Wright and Syd Pontin have looked at the distressed model and they have decided that between them they think that it can be restored. Mike will deal with the mechanical side of the restoration and if he needs any wooden parts made Syd will assist. Thanks fella’s!

We should soon be able to return to Messrs Sawdye and Harris the old farm posters kindly lent to the group recently through Terry French.

The meeting heard that a framed set of the coloured plates from The Widecombe Fair Book published by Pamela Colman Smith at the end of the 19th century, has been given to The Rugglestone Inn to be put on permanent display in the Inn. We understand that it will always remain at the Inn as part of Widecombe’s Heritage.

Mike Brown:

He has produced many books on Devon, Genealogy, and Local History over the years but difficulty has been experienced in obtaining copies. We were informed that much of his material is now obtainable on: Stores.ebay.co.uk/D.M.-Press-Devon-Genealogy-History. This will be explored.

Other Diary Dates:

  • There will be an opportunity at Widecombe School on Thursday 3rd April. between 4.00p.m. and 6.00p.m. to say ‘farewell’ to the present Headteacher of Widecombe School, Nick Banwell, who is leaving to take up the post of Headteacher at Buckfastleigh. He has had a grand influence on the pupils and the school, the community wish him well.
  • Saturday 19th April a coffee morning and table top sale will held at The Church House, Widecombe in aid of Hall funds from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The cost of a table is £5.
  • Our Annual Dinner will be on Saturday 19th April contact Alan & Mary on 01626 833607.
  • Visit to Yelverton Village Hall and Harrowbeer Aerodrome on Monday 26th May at 12.00 noon for picnic lunch and guided tour at 2.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 5th July Annual Outing to Sidmouth and Beer.
  • Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th October trip to Ironbridge World Heritage Site and more. Details for these two events from Ann on 01364 621 232.
  • Widecombe Fair Heritage Marquee Tuesday 9th September 2008.


The secretary has dealt with several letters and emails during the past month including subject matter on Warren and Irish families of 1800’s. Request for details of Somers Cocks family. Suggest the Tree House, Exeter. Request details of Bridgeman family of ‘The Cot’ Dartmeet in 1800’s.

Photograph of large model of UTC used in Coombe Martin Carnival each year.

An organisation has expressed a desire to make a financial donation towards a community project in the Parish. We await with interest and if this materialises it will be put towards the cost of digitising the Tithe Map.

Some members recently saw a presentation by ‘Umber Music’ very entertaining. Contact “Villages in Action” for more details:- Roger Werner 01363 773660.

Channel 4 T.V. looking for groups who are intending to purchase a house and live together as a unit. Interested parties phone:- 020 7845 6885.

Letter looking for information on the late Dinah Tucket of Dunnabridge Pound Farm.

Request for details of an article by Freda Wilkinson on the Hamlyns of Lake Farm. No details to hand as yet!

Our Chairman Mrs Mary Pascoe reported finding notes of Buckland Boundary Report of 1593...........Horsditch where seven several Lordships meet. By 1678 the name had changed to Heartsberry. This “Seven Lords Land” was where open air meetings of the Lords of the seven outlying Manors of The Haytor Hundred met in ancient times to discuss matters. “Heartsberry where seven Lords meate and sevven stones are pitched so up together to each Lord a stone and the stone that belongs to the Lord of the Mannor of Buckland is the South Stone save one”

Tuesday May 6th visit the French-American Cemetery, Dartmoor Prison with Princetown History Club. Meet at Princetown Primary School at 7.30 p.m. Non-members will be asked for a contribution.

Moretonhampstead LHG meeting on Wednesday 16th April at The community Club at 7.30 p.m. for a talk by Mike Perriam - “From the Ice Age to The Romans on Dartmoor”

Dartmoor Cinema at Leusdon Memorial Hall Saturday 26th April showing “Whale Rider” 2002 rated PG-13.

A donation of £44 has been received by the group from Bickington Flower show for a talk recently given to them by the secretary.

The meeting closed at 10.05 p.m.

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