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VENUE  -   Harbertonford Village Hall

7.00 pm Tuesday 14th May 2024   Annual General Meeting

          7.30 pm Tuesday  14th May 2024 by  Roger Barrett

                    The South Hams During the Napoleonic Wars

A fully illustrated talk about the impact on the South Hams of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars between 1793 and 1815. Topics covered will include the Invasion scares, coastal defences and battles, the locally recruited Sea Fencible Militia. Yeomanry and Volunteer units, the barracks at Totnes, Modbury and Kingsbridge, and the 1801 food riots at Harberton, Modbury and elsewhere.

Roger Barrett is the former curator, now Chairman, of Salcombe Maritime Museum and a former curator of Salcombe Lifeboat Museum and Station Manager at the Prawle Point National Coastwatch Station.  He has written six books and many research papers on the history of Salcombe and surrounding coast.


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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, or via Zoom sessions  - 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 £12 per year with talks free to Members.  Non members are welcome 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  -


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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