We enjoyed a fascinating talk by two researchers from Kingsbridge. Read the transcript here
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.
Come along and see the exhibition of photographs recording “Kingston 2018 – The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
For more information see http://www.rafharrowbeer.co.uk/history.htm
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.
- 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
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
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
Date for diaries:-Saturday 21st April, 10.30 a.m.
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 (email@example.com) / 810358 Or Rae Musk (firstname.lastname@example.org) /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.
Wednesday January 31st at 7 for 7:30pm in the Kingston Reading Room.
Lecture by Robert Hesketh, a freelance
writer and photographer with a strong interest in local history, entitled
“Smuggling in Devon-the truth behind the fiction”