Yelverton & District Local History Society

 Site last updated - March 8th 2019




(Our Gallery Page contains summaries of our past events)


The Society was formed over thirty years ago, in 1982, by a group of people who believed there was a need to study the fascinating history of the villages nestling on the Yelverton side of Dartmoor, and to make an effort to record as much of that history as possible while the places existed free of development and the people remembered the past.

The first meeting was held at 7.30pm on 17th November 1982 in the Conference Room at the Devon Tors under the chairmanship of David German. Twenty people attended the meeting. The villages covered by the Y. & D.L.H.S. were (and still are) Buckland Monachorum, Clearbrook, Crapstone, Dousland, Horrabridge, Meavy, Milton Combe, Sampford Spiney, Sheepstor, Walkhampton and Yelverton.

Today, the Society has around 140 members, a programme of walks and talks throughout the year, (see our Gallery page for reports on past events) and an illustrated journal - published periodically when contributions from members & friends allow.

A number of noted members have published work independently of the Society, Pauline Hemery (now Pauline Hamilton-Leggett), Alan Rowe, Tom Greeves, Elisabeth Stanbrook and Jenny Sanders to name a few, but we as members of the society have gained much by association with their efforts.

Some photos from previous events are depicted below and there are more on the Gallery page. Your views on any of these events that you have attended or ideas for the future are most welcome. Feedback is a gift - please feel free to email us (see Contacts page for detail)



 Mystery stone behind the Estate Agents at Yelverton  UPDATE

A recent article in the Dartmoor News has information on this from David Germans - a one time chairman of our society and still a fully paid up loyal member despite now living in Mullion in Cornwall. He claims the initials belong to one of two local builders in the 1890's, a "H. Piper". They were apparently responsible for a number of properties in and around Yelverton, were the first ones in the village to own motor cars and were also well known for taking part in local pony club competitions.

















An entertaining evening in front of another packed hall started unusually with the Chairman having to dash off to get a spare laptop and then pressing the wrong button to plunge the talk in darkness just as it had started!  All well in the end however and Rick Stewart delivered a lively session tracing the history of the port of Mor Wel Ham (note the correct pronunciation says Rick).  A summary of this talk IS NOW on our Gallery page.


  • Tuesday March 19th 2019
  • "Life on Dartmoor in WW1"
  • A talk by Peter Mason
  • Meavy Parish Hall 7.30pm 
  • Plus AGM & Raffle



Some back copies of previous journals are still available (see Publications Page) at our events or directly from the Chairman.



Memberships are renewable from January 1st and rates are unchanged for 2019 as follows:  6 single, 10 family. We believe this represents exceptional value entitling members to attend all our talks & most of our summer events free of charge. Reminders will be sent out to existing members and forms for new members are available at our talks or direct from the Membership Secretary - please email the Chairman from our Contacts page for details.