Our Next Zoom Talk :-

    7.30 pm Tuesday 14th June 2022 , by  Lynette Gribble

Sharpham Eatate: Ups and Downs  (illustrated talk)

The magic of Sharpham lies in the relationship between land and water.  Its history, like that of similar estates, is a rich tapestry of ownership and loss of opportunities, of unfortunates and saviours, of marriages and descent, of sales and buy-backs, of gains and losses and .....mortgages.

Lynette came to the area to take up a teaching post at Dartington Hall School in 1963.  When that school closed its junior school, Lynette collaborated with 4 other women to set up Park School in 1986.  That school has entered its 36th year.  In 1998 Lynette became one of the Directors of the Open School under the aegis of Michael Young.  In 2000 she was asked to become a trustee of the Sharpham Trust and later became its Chair.  When Lynette retired from that she turned her attention to developing the Sharpham Archive.

This Zoom meeting starts 6.30 pm, giving us half an hour to get set up and to check that everything is running ok. Also the Society's AGM will be held on line from 7.00 pm preceeding  Lynette's talk which will start at 7:30 PM


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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  -  lindsay145powell@btinternet.com


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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