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 (margaret.cmkelly@btinternet.com) / 810358 Or Rae Musk (raewallin@gmail.com) /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

Hope Cove Lifeboat – Thursday 22nd June at 7:30 in the Reading Room

There has been a life boat in Hope Cove since the the middle of the 19th Century. The first boat and boat house was a gift from the Freemasons, and it was opearted mainly by local fisherman. Around about 1950 The Government agency the MCA ( Maritime and Coastguard Authority ) operated it, but the current Life Boat became a fully Independently operated concern with Charitable Status in 2010. Graham Phillips will mainly be talking about the events leading up to 2010 and what has happened since.