The Devon man who hunted Nazis
Feb08

The Devon man who hunted Nazis

The architect of ‘the final solution’, Adolf Eichmann On 26th January, 1945, the Nazis did their utmost to hide from the world the atrocities they had been committing for the previous five years. They blew up Crematorium V, the last of the five joint furnace/gas chamber complexes they had used to indiscriminately murder Jewish people at Auschwitz. Why? The Russian Army was quickly moving in from the East. It was only a matter of hours...

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“Moments of sheer terror; then hours of boredom”
Feb07

“Moments of sheer terror; then hours of boredom”

Sat across from Denis Sutton, in his quaint little ‘mancave’, as he calls it, at the back of his charming Tavistock home, you’d find it difficult to believe that he had once been at the heart of one of the most imposing prisons in the country. For almost four decades, as well. During his time serving in the British Prison Service, the inmates he had to oversee is a ‘who’s who’ of British crime history. Men like Frank Mitchell, Jack...

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Hatherleigh’s ‘Hairy Vicar’ Uncovered
Jan28

Hatherleigh’s ‘Hairy Vicar’ Uncovered

By Peter Embling Leigh Winsbury arrived in Hatherleigh with his wife Lynn, about a year ago as our new vicar. He arrived to great excitement and not a little apprehension. Who would they send us? What would they be like? Well, he didn’t disappoint. This huge stack of hair with a man underneath arrived to look after: Meeth, Jacobstowe, Northlew, Exbourne, and Hatherleigh. The buzz around the villages soon gathered momentum: he’s got...

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Histories and Mysteries: Devon and the English Civil War
Jan27

Histories and Mysteries: Devon and the English Civil War

This month marks 371 years since the execution of King Charles I. He met the executioner’s axe on the 30th January, 1649, outside Banqueting House in London. This followed years of war with his fellow countrymen. However, what people tend to forget is that Devon actually played a fundamental part during the English Civil War (1642-1651), as one of the key battlegrounds during the war between the King and Parliament. The war began as a...

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The Big Picture
Jan17

The Big Picture

A stunning photgraph sent in by Beth Spence of the walk around the river Teign.

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Histories & Mysteries – The Last Battle of The Revenge
Jan15

Histories & Mysteries – The Last Battle of The Revenge

Devon’s own Sir Richard Grenville, (born June 15, 1542—died September, 1591), may not be as well-known as his contemporaries Sir Francis Drake or Sir Walter Raleigh. However, his exploits at sea are no less colourful, daring and interesting. In his early career, he found himself in the midst of the imperial army fighting against the Turks in Hungary (1566–68). Shortly after he was in Ireland, suppressing an uprising in Munster in...

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