Plympton

Local History

Point of Contact:-
Val Moody, Tel No. 337432. Email: valmoody@virginmedia.com

Wednesday Week 1.
If not ‘out and about’ then we meet at Betts Guiding Centre, Station Road. 10.30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE
In order to keep the group at a manageable size, sadly, we cannot accept any new members at this time. Anyone interested in joining the Local History Group is invited to sign a waiting list. Alternatively someone may come forward to organise Local History Group 2.

Wednesday, 4th September.

Our September meeting was a tour around Ivybridge.

Well done and thank you to Mike Tozer, who organised this event, led the group and produced some great paperwork, full of information, for us all to have and keep.
Many of us did not realised how much history there was attached to Ivybridge.

Wednesday, 7th August

Our August meeting was a visit to Torcross, a place which played an important role in the preparation for the D Day landing.

Wednesday 3rd July
Today we visited the Jewish Cemetery which is hidden away behind a nondescript door in Lambay Hill. Although the cemetery is rather overgrown it was a treat to wander around and to listen to the stories of some of the folk buried there. Some serious research has been carried out in order for peoples’ life stories to be told.

We then wandered down to the Synagogue where we were entertained by Ruth with her ‘Tea with Vera’ drama which was fascinating and so informative.

Wednesday 5th June

A visit to Mary Newman’s Cottage in Saltash; truly a hidden gem. Before visiting the cottage we gathered on the quay and explored numerous points of interest; which included the Saltash Ferry link/Ferryman sculpture, historical murals, and information about both Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Anne Glanville.

The 15thcentury cottage has been lovingly restored to enable visitors to gain an insight into life in Elizabethan times. The volunteer guides were very knowledgeable and were able to give us much extra information.
After exploring the cottage including encountering two very steep sets of stairs we were able to view the Elizabethan garden and then to partake in modern day refreshments !

Wednesday 3rd April

For something completely different, 26 of us visited Plymouth Gin Distillery.

With Mayflower 2020 being very much in the news we were interested to learn that, reputedly, many of the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night in Plymouth at the monastery. There is a board displaying their names which commemorates this event.

Needless to say, after the tour of the Distillery the complementary drink or the miniature to take away was greatly enjoyed.

Wednesday 6th March

Who would have thought that the Last Tram Journey from Mutley to Milehouse would have touched on so many aspects of Plymouth’s History! Churches and Harvest Festival, a cockerel on the top of the church, the night that Hyde Park school lost its roof in the bombing of WW2, Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic Expedition and the 3.15 p.m. kick off time at Argyle, just to name but a few.

As we followed the route, John made us tax our brains by pointing out landmarks of today and asking if we could recall what was there previously.
John also explained the origin of the Harvest Hymn’ Come ye thankful people come’ written in 1844 by Henry Alford and its link to Plymouth. We all gave a tuneful rendering of the first verse!

All in all, a very interesting morning.

Thank you John.

Wednesday 6th February

This was our first ‘proper’ meeting of the year as in January a group of us met for a social occasion-lunch at Le Bistrot Pierre.

The February meeting was extremely well attended and we were delighted that Sylvia was able to share her vast knowledge on local matters. Today she regaled us with stories of the history of the Ridgeway and Harewood House. Her illustrated talk was fascinating, thank you Sylvia.

Looking back on 2018....

Our meetings covered a wide range of subjects. Thanks to our members we have had interesting talks on the following;

The history of Plympton Grammar School.

Sir Joshua Reynolds - a Plympton Lad.

Plymouth in the 40’s and 50’s.

The Abercrombie plan for Plymouth.

We explored the Local Area by visiting Mount Batten Peninsula, Greenway, Plymouth Synagogue, The Hoe, Morwellham Quay and Britannia Royal Naval College.

Members of our group also participated in the Coach trips visiting the National Trust properties of Killerton and Tyntesfield.

We look forward to 2019 ....watch this space for details.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Mar 4th Visit to Lady Astor's House. Meet outside 9.50 a.m.
Cost £10. Tour FULLY BOOKED - Contact Val:- 337432.
Wed Apr 1st Visit to Ford Park Cemetry. Talk and viewing exhibition.
Cost £3 (or £7 to include lunch).
Meet at
Wed May 6th Visit the Barbican and Mayflower Museum - entrance £2.50.
Meet by the 'Prawn' at 10.30 a.m.
Wed May 27th Tamar Bridge experience - Visitor Centre.
Details to follow.
Wed Jul 1st Dartmouth Mayflower Town Trail/Museum - entrance £2.
Details to follow.
Wed Aug 5th Visit to The Box.
Details to follow.

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