AGM – 25th October

The History Society AGM will be held in the Kingston Reading Room at 7:30pm on Thursday 25th October where there will be a welcoming drink and light refreshments, followed by Society reports and Committee elections.

Chapel Row, 28th February 2018 (by Bob Musk)

Come along and see the exhibition of photographs recording “Kingston 2018The Beast from the East and other notable events – a living history” 

If you have photographs or recollections that you feel could be included, please send them to by 20th October. Photographs should be accompanied by a description of the places, people and events involved.

2018/19 programme of events

The programme of events for October 2018 to June 2019 is now here

Membership subscription increase to £5 per person

The Committee is proposing an increase in the subscription, to be approved at the AGM at which those who are members for 2017/18 will be entitled to vote. Because of this proposal membership subscriptions for 2018/19 will be collected at the end of the meeting.

RAF Harrowbeer in WWII, 24th May at 7:30

Come along to the Reading Room at 7:30 on Thursday 24th May for an illustrated talk about the history of RAF Harrowbeer, near Yelverton, that was in use during the Second World War as a fighter base.

Come along a bit earlier for a glass of wine or fruit juice.

klhs poster for stephen fryer

For more information see

Meeting Report

Hemerdon House open days

Hemerdon, garden
The walled garden

On Saturday 21st April 23 members of the Society were given a fascinating guided tour of Hemerdon House, near Sparkwell, and walked around the grounds to see the walled garden and large pond.



Open Days this year are:
  • May 3rd to 7th inclusive
  • May 26th, 27th and 28th
  • June 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th
  • July 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd
  • August 25th, 26th and 27th
No need to book, just turn up at 2.15pm or 4pm for a tour of approximately an hour and a quarter, starting at either 2.30 or just after 4pm.

A Thousand Years at Thorn – Thursday 22nd March at 7:30

Thorn House, Wembury

John Gibson, joint owner of Thorn House, Wembury- overlooking the banks of the River Yealm with a historical garden created by William Arkwright -will take us back through the history of the estate.


Come along to the Reading Room from 7pm for a refreshment before the talk, which will start at 7:30.

klhs poster for thorn talk

Dartmoor – Tin & Bronze

Thursday February 22nd at 7:30 pm, arrive early for a free refreshment!

Nigel Grist, local historian and Modbury resident, will give a detailed look at the surviving sites from the Bronze Age; also exploring the ancient Tin Mining industry on Dartmoor.

Hopefully he will explain how the “buddle” above was used!

klhs 22 feb nigel grist poster

dartmoor tin and bronze event 22 2 18

A Spring outing!

Date for diaries:-Saturday 21st April, 10.30 a.m.


Spring outing!!!!!!!

Kingston Local History Society is arranging a trip to Hemerdon House, located close to Plympton. This late 18th century house is set in its own parkland, with a neatly rendered austere exterior that belies a warm, comfortable interior with Georgian elegance overlaid by Victorian solidity.

Built by the ancestors of the current owners, the house contains naval and military mementos, paintings, furniture, china and silver collected by members of the Woollcombe family over many generations.

Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds while the house is open.

If you want to join this interesting outing, please contact either Margaret Kelly ( / 810358 Or Rae Musk ( /810824, confirming before the end of February the number in your party; whether you need transport; and whether you have any special access needs. The cost of the visit is £7.50 per person (payable in advance) and lunch can be bought in the local pub.

Numbers may be limited and may have to be on a first come first served basis so please let us know as soon as possible.

AGM was held on Thursday 9th November

Members enjoyed a glass of wine and light refreshments with the committee, paid their subscription and listened to the reports.

Thanks to Bob Musk for a fascinating display of archive material and new photographs showing Kingston “then and now” (follow the link to see Bob’s photographs). Also thanks to Carol Beard for sharing her records of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, 40 year’s ago.


and the Annual Accounts