About these Articles
Brief Histories of Relevance to Tavistock, Dartmoor and Devon
This series of short history articles of relevance to Tavistock, Dartmoor and Devon were originally published in a local community magazine in Tavistock called 'The Diary'. The articles were designed to be of interest to the local rural community and to attract advertising from local businesses. The articles were often associated with seasonal events and widely read and appreciated.
The articles on Brunel, whose Great Western Railway and its associated bridges and viaducts are his legacy in Devon, were also linked to a series of lectures held at The Wharf, the local arts and entertainment centre and also lectures to local history groups.
The original artcles published in The Diary are also available from Tavistock Subscription Library website as members publications
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Brunel's Great Railway Adventures in Devon
Brunel's Walkham Valley Viaduct
Drake's Statue in Tavistock, Devon
William Merrifield: Tavistock's Nineteenth Century Weather Records
Food and Traditions
History of Food for Lent
The Romantic History of Chocolate
The History of Pancake Day in Devon
The History of Pasties
Fetes and Celebrations
A Brief History of Twelfth Night
A History of Christmas Trees
History of Doves and Dovecotes
Wartime Avian Heroes
History of Sheep on Dartmoor
History of Dartmoor Ponies
Plants and Folklore
The Extraordinary Foxglove
The Piano : A Brief History
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