Yelverton & District Local History Society

 Site last updated - January 27th 2020

WELCOME TO
YELVERTON & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

The Society extends New Year greetings to all current and new members and hope you will have a prosperous 2020

 

Check out the Events page now for our NEW 2020 PROGRAMME

(Our Gallery Page contains summaries of our past events)

 NEW MEMBERS & FRIENDS WELCOME

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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  

    

            

                                                               

                          

 

    

     

   

 

                                                                       

LATEST NEWS :

Our new events programme for 2020 started with a talk by Terry Faull on the real lives of Devon and Cornwall miners and the mine owners, casting new light on the stories portrayed in "Poldark".  A summary of this event will be added to the Gallery page soon. 

NEXT EVENT :

  • Tuesday February 18th
  • "A Rural Legacy Lost: the Decline of Salmon fishing on the River Dart (and its effects on a local community)"
  • A talk by Nick Baker
  • Nick grew up in Stoke Gabriel and has first hand experience of how net fishing for salmon was part of the local community. He explores the life of the salmon  and the factors which have influenced its decline in our rivers, plus the changes it has made to village life.
  • Meavy Parish Hall 7.30pm 
  • NEW JOURNAL

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.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

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

 

MEMBERSHIPS:

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.