The Group normally meets for 6-9 months each year at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month, at the Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow.
Notes from earlier meetings can be found here.
We meet in the main hall at Teign Valley Community Hall in Christow.
All are welcome even if you are not a member.
12 March, 2024 - Mining in the Teign Valley by Nick Walter This talk will be on the now long-gone mining activity that occurred in the Teign Valley between Chudleigh and Dunsford. Mining is first recorded here in the early 1800s and it continued until 1969. The mines ranged from small and obscure workings for manganese, to the boom and bust of lead mining in the mid-nineteenth century, which saw a flood of workers arriving from Cornwall. Later the
09 April, 2024 - Castle Drogo by Terry Hearne The talk will include a brief history of the castle and the Drewe family, a quick canter through the highs and lows of life as a building site during the recent building project and what life is like at Drogo now that it doesn’t leak like a sieve.
14 May, 2024 - Mills and water power in the Teign Valley by Phil Collins. The talk will look at the history of water mills and other water power use in the middle Teign Valley, from Chagford to Chudleigh. As well as grain mills, the use of water power by farms, in mining, tanning, sawing, edge tool manufacture and electricity generation will be covered. The talk will explore the history of the use of water as a source of power and the evidence of the development of its use. It will look at the surviving historic buildings and structures in the area, and some of the landowners and the people who were involved.
11 June, 2024 - Visit to Woodbury Castle, a restored Iron Age hill fort organised by Geoff Hodgson Further details to come later
09 July, 2024 - AGM and Billy Butlin documentary followed by discussion led by Tony Cook 7:15 start for AGM
10 September, 2024 - The March of William of Orange through Devon in 1688 by Philip Badcott
08 October, 2024 - The Blackshirts in Devon by Todd Gray
12 November, 2024 - Devon Churches by Philip Shute
03 December, 2024 - Joint Social Event with Teign Valley History Centre organised by Geoff Hodgson and Graham Thompson
04 January, 2025 - Ipplepen Roman Excavations by Stephen Rippn
11 February, 2025 - Not just Jam and Jerusalem: The Women's Institute in the Teign Valley by speakers to be confirmed
11 March, 2025 - History of the Teign Valley Railway by Mark Chambers