Yelverton & District Local History Society

 Site last updated - June 8th 2020




Check out the Events page now for our NEW 2020 PROGRAMME

(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. Our latest journal was published in 2019 and is now available at our events  (or Crapstone Post Office) for only £4.

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 German - our founder chairman of the 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.

           Gathering gloom at Iron Bridge (Stephen Fryer)














Dr Todd Gray

ADr Todd Gray is currently broadcasting 15 minute pieces on aspects of Devon history every weekday on BBC Radio Devon at 1.10pm. These will run through June, and possibly July, and while all of our societies have stopped meeting for lectures these are meant to help alleviate the sense of isolation some of us are feeling.

The Devon & Cornwall Record Society is sponsoring a series of daily blogs by our leading heritage specialists (historians, archivists, archaeologists, librarians, writers and curators) in Devon and Cornwall on how life in quarantine has made them re-evaluate history. These are running through June and July and can be found on the society’s Facebook page. The society exists to publish original documentary material and this year’s volume is a facsimile reproduction of Devon’s only woollen cloth collection - from the 1760s. It comes free with this year’s membership (at £16.50) or on publication later.


As some of you may know already, Jenny Sanders died recently at the age of 83 after a long and debilitating illness. Jenny was a member of our committee from January 1994 taking over as Chair in 1996 from Paul Rendell. She stood down from the Chair in 2000 but stayed on the committee until the AGM in 2004.

She was an expert on Dartmoor longhouses and as well as leading us on various visits, she spoke widely on the topic and contributed many articles to our newsletters and journals.

With a full send off not permitted because of the current pandemic, her funeral car passed slowly by her favourite piece of the Moor near Pu Tor on a beautiful sunny day, witnessed by just a few of her friends paying tribute along the way.

We send best wishes to her family, on behalf of all our members who knew this lovely lady”


  • In compliance with government advice, all events scheduled to be held at Meavy Parish Hall are cancelled until further notice.



Our latest Journal No.26 - 64 pages of interesting articles in full colour priced at just £4 - is still available at our talks or direct from the Chairman. It is also on sale at Crapstone Post Office.


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 2020 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.