Events – 2020

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chudleigh History Group decided to cancel its remaining 2020 meetings programme. Memberships will be extended to cover 2021. We are aiming to reschedule cancelled talks to next year’s programme which will be issued later this year.

All talks commence at 7.30 pm unless otherwise indicated and are held in the Woodway Room of the Town Hall.

January 2020 – No Meeting

7th February 2020
7.00 pm Annual General Meeting
7.30 pm Devon’s Railway Heritage
An illustrated talk by Robert Hesketh
Railways have profoundly altered Devon, leaving a rich and varied heritage. This talk explores that heritage, covers the two main lines, 4 branch lines, preserved railways and former railway routes and includes over 100 images.

6th March 2020
3,000 Years of History from the Sea – The Salcombe Wrecks
An illustrated talk by Ron Howell, Secretary of the South West Maritime Archaeological Group
The SWMAG covers 4 wrecks discovered in one area of the seabed including a Bronze Age wreck and one carrying Islamic gold. Exhibits from these wrecks are on display in the British Museum, Exeter Museum and in the Plymouth Art Gallery.

3rd April 2020 – CANCELLED
Roman Devon
An illustrated talk by Bill Horner, Devon County Council Archaeologist.
Archaeological finds are the main way that our knowledge of previous millennia is improved and there have been a number of local discoveries within Devon in recent years including the Ipplepen site and the recent discovery of the site of a Roman fort outside the northern city walls of Exeter.

1st May 2020 – CANCELLED
Saving Castle Drogo
An illustrated talk by Paula Clarke from the National Trust.
Restoration work to save Castle Drogo has been ongoing for six years and is now close to completion. This is a fascinating modern castle situated on a granite outcrop overlooking the Teign gorge and Dartmoor that is well worth a visit.

5th June 2020 – CANCELLED
Dawlish – From Tiny Village to Busy Resort
A talk by David Force
This talk covers in a light-hearted style how an ancient and isolated tiny village was “discovered” by the Georgians and became a popular seaside resort. The talk includes how Brunel influenced its growth and prosperity in the middle of the nineteenth century.

5th July 2020 – No Meeting

7th August 2020 – CANCELLED
7:00pm The Hidden River – A Historical Walk in Teignmouth
This walk is being provided by the Teign Heritage Centre and Museum. There will be a charge which will include a future visit to the museum. Numbers will be limited to about 20. This is an interesting walk covering some of Teignmouth’s past. Details will be provided in May/June. [Members & guests only]

4th September 2020 – CANCELLED
Stokelake’s Interesting Inhabitants
An illustrated talk by Leah Stirrat
The history of Stokelake House which is just outside Chudleigh on the hill up to Finlake. Leah lived in a part of Stokelake House and this talk originated in a wish to find out more about this old property and its inhabitants.

2nd October 2020 – CANCELLED
Crime & Punishment in the 17th Century – Ducking Stools, Dissenters, Debtors and Drunks
An illustrated talk by Janet Few
How was crime dealt with in the seventeenth century? What were the punishments for various crimes and how could you avoid them? The lives of many of our Stuart ancestors were touched by crime in some way; as victims, witnesses, lawbreakers or law enforcers. How would they have been regarded and treated by their contemporaries?

6th November 2020 – CANCELLED
The Vikings in the West Country
An illustrated talk by Derek Gore from Exeter University
It has often been said that the Vikings were not active in the South West peninsula. This talk covers documentary and archaeological sources that tell a different story that there is convincing evidence of Scandinavian impact on this area.

4th December 2020 – No Meeting


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