About Newton Poppleford and the group . . .

Newton Poppleford

Newton Poppleford is a village in East Devon, straddling the main road (A3052) that runs east from Exeter towards Sidmouth and Lyme Regis, and about 4 miles inland from the coast.  The nearby settlements of Harpford, Burrow, Southerton, Venn Ottery, and Northmostown are all (for the Group’s purposes) included in our remit.

The River Otter is at the eastern side of Newton Poppleford, running south towards its mouth at Budleigh Salterton.  The river itself has been a factor in the development of the village, powering a silk mill that provided work for local people in the 18th century.

The Local History Group

Our Local History Group was formed in 2014 with the objectives of collecting, saving, documenting and recording information about the local area.  This came about partly because the commemoration of the outbreak of WW1 increased interest in the past, and a growing concern that while there are still some people around who have some memories of part of the war and the times following; these won’t be around for ever.

Quantities of old documents and memorabilia had been deposited in the village hall, some in the attic (possibly under attack by squirrels) and only looked at occasionally by anyone who might be interested.

Books have been written about this area of East Devon, but there are gaps to be filled in so this task is to be addressed in the coming months and years.

MEETINGS are held at 2.30pm in NP Village Hall usually on the first Monday of each month.  You will be welcome to join us.

Next meeting:   5th SEPTEMBER 2022



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19 Responses to About Newton Poppleford and the group . . .

  1. karen lyons says:

    Dear shan , can you on 07549990930.


  2. Alan Kerr says:

    Peace FOR our time. Chamberlain


  3. Janet Babb says:

    My Great Uncle Bernard Verriour will be celebrated on Sunday. I have photos and a
    painting plus pictures of the school where my Great Grandfather, Arthur Verriour, was Headmaster. My Grandmother, Elsie, was an assistant teacher at Musbury. The War diaries show that Bernard was killed at Zouave Valley.


  4. Alan Pring says:

    FAO Shan Merritt Hi its Alan Pring refernce information on Dan Pring


  5. Jane Sullivan says:

    Can’t make the meetings as live away now but is there a Facebook page?


  6. Billy floyd says:

    Does anybody remember me at school Billy floyd lived at little Down nursery in 1950 happy days .
    Mr Bevin was the headmaster at the school. I was born & bred there my dad ran the nursery side and my gran & grandad did the rest . I remember bobby Reece Susan Hill ,Maureen knight ,Peter Davy there was so many thankyou.


  7. Lesley hamilton says:

    I am hoping someone can help please with information about The Cottage, High Street Newton Poppleford. It stands on the crossroads next to Farthings Lane and used to be called the cottage at Mile End but was continually confused with Mile End Cottage which is opposite. We understand that part of it was once a piggery .
    Does anyone know anything more about its history or previous ownership? Yourr egg help would be really appreciated. Many thanks.


    • pebbletown says:

      Hi Lesley
      We’ve had a similar question before and I asked all members for info, but sadly no-one seems to know anything about the Cottage at Mile End. If anything comes to light I’ll put it on this website. Sorry not to be more helpful.


  8. Janet Blair says:

    Hello, every village needs a history soc if our vernacular heritage is to be recorded! Paradise Inn – old wive’s tale or a real hostelary that occupied what are now four cottages way down on the S side of Station Rd. Any info?!!!


  9. Mike J. Southall says:

    Hello Billy. I think your parents must have bought Littledown Nursery from my parents, Roy and Ida Southall. They must have sold the estate round about 1949/1950 and moved to the Exonia caravan park in Exeter. I went to school in Newton Poppleford and remember Mr. Bevin.


  10. Vickie says:

    I’m trying to find out if anywhere I can see school records etc about a relation of mine. She was orphaned in 1920 and placed with a family in Newton Poppleford.
    Her birth name was Constance Parkhouse. She was placed with a family by a charity for Tailors as her father was a tailor before killed in Ww1. Her mum then died of Spanish flu 1920
    The family she went to may or may not have been called Dalton. She went there age just before 5th birthday. If anybody can point me towards local places to look I’d be very grateful
    ( I do have exact dates in a file I could look up and check when I’m home!)


  11. Hello, I’m researching some items that I believe were owned by Willoughby Statham Smith. Would you be willing to share any information you have on his estate.


    • pebbletown says:

      I have a certain amount of info about the estate of WSS. I’m sending you a separate email so please look at that.


    • Zoe says:


      Willoughby Statham Smith is in my family tree. His father was my great great uncle…or something like that….I would be interested to know what items you have/had of his.

      Kind regards


      • pebbletown says:

        Hi Zoe
        We don’t have any items that belonged to WSS. When he died in 1947 his will bequeathed items from his house etc. to many people locally and further away. A few things (I remember paintings, medal, horse measuring stick) came up in an auction a few years ago and were bought by the current owner of Benchams. He also gave a couple of things to the Royal Albert Museum in Exeter.


  12. Janet Glasspoole. says:

    For Alan Pring listed above. Did you have an Aunt Dora Glasspoole. If so, just to day that I am her daughter in law and visited the farm many years ago. Recently drove through the village but couldn’t recognise the farm?


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