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 on the first Monday of each month. You will be welcome to join us.
OUR FIRST BOOK DUE OUT IN DECEMBER
We have been meeting some of the older residents of the village and recording their recollections of past times. These memories are being collated into a small book that we hope to have available for sale in December 2017, priced at around £5 (yet to be finalised due to variations in printing costs).
We hope to have these books available to buy on Monday 4th December at the LHG meeting (village hall, 2.30pm). An unbound ‘proof copy’ is already available (17/11/17) so you may look at this and place your orders – ready for Christmas!
Please take a look at the ‘Can You Help Us?’ page to see if you recognise any of the photos shown there. Those are the tip of the iceberg …