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Harberton & Harbertonford 

History Society

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The Harberton and Harbertonford History Society encourages the study of the local history of Harberton Parish and the surrounding County.


There are approximately 5 meetings with speakers each year and at least one field excursion.  Meetings take place in Harberton or Harbertonford on alternative dates, details of which can be found in the Programme.


Members of the Society have gathered information on the past history of the villages, personalities and the Parish including the preparation of historic walks around both Harberton and Harbertonford.  The Society is making collections of photographs and some artefacts and have embarked on an oral history project to build an archive of first hand histories in both villages.


Subjects covered in previous meetings have included:-

        The History of Harbertonford Mill                  Pilotage on the River Dart    

        The Construction of the Avon Dam                Victorian Crime in Totnes

        Tuckenhay Paper Mill                                     Church Houses in Devon

        Vagrants and Travellers in 17 Century Harberton

        The Trist Family of Harberton


Field Trips have included visits to:

        Finch's Foundry at Sticklepath

        Grimspound and Bellever Neolithic Sites, both accompanied by an

             Archaeologist from Dartmoor National Park


Membership is open to anybody interested in local history and is £10 per year with talks free to Members.  Non members are wecome to meetings at the cost of £3 per meeting.


The Society is keen to receive photographs/articles/family records for the archives which can also be added to our website.

Please contact our secretary Jill Powell  -  [email protected]


We are affilliated to   The Devon History Society - see links page



          Derek Robinson       in Harbertonford       01803 732442

          Stanley Oldfield       in Harberton             01803 864654


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  * EXCITING NEWS   *   ~.


   Join us for our next ZOOM talk on Tuesday, 02 March 2nd at 7.30

The Old Saltway: from Coom Cellars to Totnes by Colin Vosper


Colin is a retired Further ducation lecturer, who was born in Devon and has Devon family connections going back many generations.  Colin's illustrated talk focuses on the route used in the contaxt of the salt trade from its supply from the marshes on the Teign esturay to the delivery of salt and other goods to the ships preparing to leave for sea at Totnes and Dartmouth.


                        See link button for full details

We are not able to continue with physical meetings during the COVID 19 pandemic, but we plan to host ZOOM meetings, the next one 2nd March 2021 as  outlined above.


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