This group meets on the 2nd FRIDAY of the month at 10.30 am at the COURTENAY CENTRE when advised
Here are some of our previous activities .......
We had a fascinating tour of the Devon Heritage Centre and were shown some old maps of Newton Abbot. Perhaps we can go back another time and do some research!
In July we had a fascinating guided visit to Forde House. We were all impressed by the guide who has an amazing memory for names and dates. He really brought the house alive for us. Most of us had no idea how long the site has been in use.
In August we walked up to the top of Denbury Hill Fort. Carol told us the latest ideas about hillforts – that they weren’t continuously settled but were built near boundaries with other tribes and used for meetings, trade, finding a marriage partner etc. There are 2 bronze age burial mounds on the site and large parts of the ditch and bank structure are still visible. We enjoyed wonderful views, but realised it might have been better to visit when there are fewer leaves on the trees so we could see more!
Refreshments were kindly provided by Margaret.
Wolborough Church was the fascinating venue for our September meeting. The current building dates from the 14th century, but a church on this site was recorded in Domesday Book. It’s possible that there was a church here hundreds of years earlier and possibly a sacred pre-Christian site.
We were shown around by church warden John Blanchard and Michael Martin, who between them provided an amazing amount of detailed history. Tea was provided by Jill Blanchard who supplies cream teas when the church is open to visitors on Wednesday afternoons during the summer.
Many thanks to Jan who led 11 of us through Bradley Woods to Ogwell Mill and the Puritan's Pit. This is so called because of William Yeo, a Presbyterian clergyman who was appointed as Rector of Wolborough in 1648 by Oliver Cromwell. He was reportedly very assiduous in ensuring the local population kept the Sabbath holy. However after 14 years he was deprived of his living for refusing to acknowledge the Act of Uniformity that followed the Restoration. Yeo illegally led his followers in worship at night in the Puritan's Pit. No doubt the 17th century worshipers had to clamber down without the aid of the steps that are there today.
Michael Bennie from Newton Abbot Museum took us on a slightly strenuous walk around historical Newton Abbot. We started at the Clock Tower where William of Orange proclaimed his intentions. We passed Wolborough Manor House and some alms houses before climbing up to Wolborough Church. From there we went down through Forde Park to Old Forde House and returned to the town via Devon Square and East Street. We finished up in Union Street where Emmeline Pankhurst had caused a riot.
See attached photos
Michael has 2 other walks on offer for groups - contact Newton Abbot Museum.
All welcome - please ask at the monthly meeting or Visit the website on the welcome page
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.