Can you help us?

The business of the group is to gather and save old records, photos and memorabilia of the area.  We have collected quite a lot from people who live in Newton Poppleford and the nearby villages and towns, but people have moved away in past decades but might still have photos etc. that would be valuable for our project.

Did you or your parents/grandparents live here in past years?  If you did please take a look around in the attic, or bottom of the wardrobe for those shoeboxes of old photos and other bits that we might borrow and copy or scan for our archives.  Perhaps you would write down or record some of those memories when your relative talks about the old times   –   we’d love to see/hear these.



There was  –  until recently  –  a very pretty cottage close to and associated with Benchams.  Sadly, a serious fire in April 2017 destroyed this lovely ‘Arts & Crafts’ style building, leaving only a chimney stack standing.  The owners intend to rebuild the cottage as close to the original design as possible.

If you have any photos of Benchams Cottage, from any angle  and taken at any time, please email a copy to   as soon as possible.  The owners will be very grateful for any help you can give.



4 Responses to Can you help us?

  1. David Wheaton says:

    there is a letter from Terry Gregory in today’s Sidmouth Herald asking about a person called Wheaton who was deported to Australia. I can tell him all about it if he wants to contact me.

    A.D. Wheaton


    • Kevin Whitton says:

      Hi David, i am a direct descendant of James Wheaton (c1808 – 1864). i am in the later stages of a family/social history focussing on the family in Devon and Tasmania. i have forwarded a resume to Terry Gregory and the Otter Valley Association has extracts also. James left a wife (Anne nee Clark) and children in the parish. Are you descended from this family? If so I’d like to make email contact;


  2. Stephen bastyan says:

    Hi regarding the Welshman poem’s if still looking I have a copy plus details of its history.


    • Mal retter says:

      Hi Steve mal retter here if no one has been in touch I would very much like to have a look at the book maybe you could give me a ring if no one else has contacted you thanks


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