Ottery Heritage Society - Local History and Archaeology
Heritage Journals

The Society publishes a quarterly Journal with articles of local and historical interest. The series began in 1999 entitled "Newsletter", changing to its current title "Heritage" at edition 8 in spring 2001. These are free to members or sold for 50p +p&p to non members. Subscription to the journal is automatic with membership. There is no non-member subscription rate.

 


 

Downloadable back issues run from March 2009 onwards

Journal No 29 - Spring 2009

LIVING TOGETHER IN OTTERY - 1800-2001 - Chris Wakefield. Housing issues over the last 200 years
A NOTABLE WEST HILL RESIDENCE John Pilsworth - history of Elsdon in West Hill
READING BETWEEN THE LINES - Sue Dymond. Topical news on the Railway, Gas and Pavements seen through Pulmans News reports in the 1850s and 60s
THE WILLIAM BROWNE AFFAIR - Chris Wakefield - Did William Browne the poet really live in Ottery?

Journal No 30 - Summer 2009

SLAVERY AND TWO OTTERY FAMILIES - Gillian Allen. The Davys and The Glanvilles and their dealings with slavery.
THE EARLY DAYS OF THE LONDON AND SOUTH WEST RAILWAY Chris Saunders
GRANDISSON ISSUES WARNING IN CHURCH AND CHAPEL ABUSE - Chris Wakefield - items from the Bishop's Register 1355 and 1360.

 Journal No 31 - Autumn 2009

COLERIDGE AND HIS WOMEN - Betty Williams
THE SIDMOUTH BRANCH LINE 1874-1900 - Chris Saunders
OTTERY'S FORGOTTEN MILLS - Chris Wakefield
AN EYE FOR DETAIL - P.O.HUTCHINSON ON EAST HILLS EARTHWORKS
- Chris Wakefield

Journal No 32 Winter 2009

THE LIVES OF OTTERY WORTHIES - HENRY BEAUMONT AND GERVAIS BABBINGTON -  Lucy Channon
THE WAR OF THE AIRWAVES - Chris Saunders
IS THIS NOT A MOTTE? Wiggaton's round ball hill. - Chris Wakefield

Journal No 33 Spring 2010

THE LIVES OF OTTERY WORTHIES - JOHN HAYDON -  Lucy Channon
EARLIEST MAP OF OTTERY REDISCOVERED - Chris Saunders
AN OTTERY SOLDIER -  TALE OF WILLIAM PIKE PART 1 - Jim Woolley
LUKE COLERIDGE MEMORIAL PRIZE - Jim Woolley
LEST WE FORGET: POSTSCRIPT (SINKING OF THE LAURENTIC) - Jim Woolley
UNSETTLING STORY - MRS WINSLOWS SOOTHING SYRUP - Chris Wakefield


Journal No 34 Summer 2010

POSTSCRIPT TO GOVETON INVESTIGATION - Chris Wakefield
AN OTTERY SOLDIER -  TALE OF WILLIAM PIKE CONTINUED - Jim Woolley
EXTRACTS OF COLERIDGE - Robert Neal
EXTRACTS OF COLERIDGE - Robert NealEDWARD DAVY (1806-1885) BLOCK SIGNALLING PIONEER - Chris Cock

Journal No 35 Autumn 2010

THE BRITISH RESISTANCE MOVEMENT UNIT AT BENDARROCH DURING WORLD WAR 2 - John Pilsworth
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS OF NELSON OWEN - Nelson Owen
THE BRITISH RESISTANCE MOVEMENT UNIT AT BENDARROCH DURING WORLD WAR 2 - John Pilsworth
NB this edition suffered technical problems and the download file is quite large - 7.3Mb

Journal No 36 Winter 2010

 ONE FAMILY'S WAR - Frank Shepperd
A KENNAWAY MYSTERY - Lucy Channon
THE TALE OF WILLIAM PIKE (part two) - Jim Woolley
COLERIDGE THE MAGUS - Nick Pruce

Journal No 37 Spring 2011

COLERIDGE AT HOME - discussion of a photo of Nicolas Coleridge at Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey
Archaeology watching brief on Skatepark site - Chris Wakefield
THE COLERIDGE FAMILY - Jim Woolley
MILLS IN OTTERY - C
hris Wakefield
DANIEL LYSONS ACCOUNT OF OTTERY IN 1822

Journal No 38 Summer 2011

FOR KING & COUNTRY - the 1569 Ottery muster lists - Chris Wakefield
Ottery's Literary Connections - Robert Neal
Coleridge Cottage photo identified - Letters
WORDS SPEAK VOLUMES - old Devon terminology for weights and measures - Keith Turner

Journal No 39 Autumn 2011

THE SADLERS CUP - Ron Salter recalls Ottery's horticultural prize.
Archaeology at Beer
Coleridge memorial Project secures funding
THE KENNAWAYS AND THE RAILWAY LINE THROUGH TALATON - Chris Saunders
WONDERWALL - An un explained culvert in a wall next to Sainsburys
 

Journal No 40 Winter 2011

THE CINEMA IN OTTERY - Robert Neal
VILLAGES BURN THE GUY - pre war Guy Fawkes fun in Taleford - Chris Saunders
BOOK REVIEW _ Ottery's Tudor Wills (OSM Heritage Society - Chris Wakefield & Pam Baker-Clare)
 

Journal No 41 Spring 2012

DEVONSHIRE's FIRST AUTHOR IN PRINT - ALEXANDER BARCLAY AND THE SHIP OF FOOLS - Denise le Voir
EVOLUTION OF ESCOT PARISH MAGAZINE - Chris Saunders
OTTERY CINEMA PROMPTS MORE MEMORIES - Leo Dolling
EAST DEON APPLE ORCHARDS PROJECT - John Torrance
REVIEW - 'Escot - The Fall and Rise of a Country Estate' Lucy Channon
RESOURCE LIST - OSMHS's library resources listed


NB an errata sheet exists for this edition available here

Journal No 42 Summer 2012

A MILITARY PRESENCE IN OTTERY ST MARY - Keith Turner on Ottery's Barracks
COLERIDGES FATHER AND OTTERY ST MARY - Review of plans for a new history of STC's father by Prof Jim Mays
ON TRACK IN OTTERY - Notes on the alignments of roads and tracks in the parish
REVIEW - 'West Hill Remembered' Michael Potter with John Pilsworth and Robert Neal

Journal No 43 Autumn 2012

OTTERY SHOPPING - Chris Saunders
THOU SHOULD NOT DRINK - LOCAL LINKS TO THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT - Chris Saunders

Journal No 44 Winter 2012

PETER ORLANDO HUTCINSON PROJECTS SURVEYS EAST HILL MONUMENTS - Chris Wakefield
THE DARK TALE OF OTTERYS CHURCH GOVERNORS - Tony Simpson
THE TWO SIDES OF FREE TRADE - Reprint from 1892 of 'Home Words for Heart & Hearth' - Chris Saunders
HOW DID THE PRIORY GET ITS NAME? - Robert Neal
WORDSWORTH & COLERIDGE - Betty Williams

Journal No 45 Spring 2013

LANDSCAPE HISTORY IS AN OPEN FIELD - Chris Wakefield
IN MEMORIAM Robin Stanes
THE BATTLE FOR THE LAND OF CANAAN - Robert Neal

 


The index below covers the period 1999-2008. These articles will be added to the website in due course but at the moment only complete journals are available, from March 2009 onwards, as downloads. There is also an index which lists the articles by subject category - this can be downloaded here (xls file 57Kb)


NEWSLETTER #1 (May 1999)
ST. SAVIOUR’S BRIDGE(Reprinted by Chris Saunders)
EXILES’ AFFECTION FOR THEIR NATIVE HOME FOSTERED SOCIETY (Reprinted by John Eborn)

NEWSLETTER #2 (September 1999)
ARCHAEOLOGY ON THE A30 Tim Caulfield.   Pre-historic and Roman finds on the new A30 route
OTTERY 900 YEARS AGO by Rev. W. Wright.   Extract from the Domesday Book
EDUCATION LINKS PUT ON ICE! by Chris Wakefield.   An Ice House at Salston
THE STREET NAMES OF OTTERY ST. MARY by Ron Homer.   Research into Ottery’s old street names
AN OLD BAKERY IN OTTERY by Chris Saunders.   Discovery of an old bread oven
AS OTHERS SAW US (Reprinted by Chris Saunders) Description of Ottery in 1905

NEWSLETTER #3 (December 1999)
A MOST UNUSUAL MISSION IN A.D. 1980 by Edith M-L Grout. The rescue of Chateau Grandson
BUILDINGS REGISTER by Syd Foster. Gathering information on Ottery’s historic buildings
THE SAXON BOUNDS OF OTTERY ST. MARY by Chris Wakefield.   Description of the Saxon Bounds
THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL by Tim Caulfield.   A history of the Collegiate Grammar School
MORE DIGGINGS ON THE A30 by Chris Saunders.   The rescue of a brick drying shed
AS OTHERS SAW US   (Railway excursion through Ottery St. Mary) (Reprinted by Chris Saunders)
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by Ian Pringle.   The Railway at Ottery St. Mary
FACTORY FOR SALE by Ron Homer.   The auction of Ottery Mill in 1796

NEWSLETTER #4 (March 2000)
THE HISTORY OF CHORAL SINGING (Part 1) by Robert Neal.   Choral singing up to the 18th. C.
THE OTTERY BREAD RIOTS by Ron Homer.   Description of the Bread Riots in 1766
LIVING HERITAGE by Lindsay Saunders.   Introduction to the sub-group studying wildplants
THE BISHOP’S CLOCK by Rev. W. Wright.   The astronomical clock in Ottery’s church
AS OTHERS SAW US (Reprinted by Chris Saunders) “To Ottery St. Mary”
BELBURY CASTLE by Tim Caulfield.   Description and history of Belbury
SEE THAT STONE by Chris Wakefield.   Bridge marker stones
BRICKWORKS POSTCRIPT by Chris Saunders.   Additional notes to article in Newsletter #3
HISTORICAL BUILDINGS IN OTTERY by Syd Foster.   Update on historic buildings register

NEWSLETTER #5 (June 2000)
THE KENNAWAY HATCHMENTS by Lucy Channon.    Talaton church and the Kennaway family
THE HISTORY OF CHORAL SINGING (Part 2) by Robert Neal.   Choral singing in Ottery from 18th. C. to date
AS OTHERS SAW US (Reprinted by Chris Saunders) “Route 7 - Exeter to Ottery”
IN THE BEST PART OF TOWN by E.A.K. Patrick.   History of the Pulman family
GRANDSON CASTLE REVISITED by Edith M-L Grout.   Mrs Grout’s recent visit to Grandson
THE LAMB AND FLAG - OTTERY ST. MARY (Reprinted by Chris Saunders)
REV. GEORGE SMITH (Information sought on Rev. Smith)

NEWSLETTER #6 (September 2000)
ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION IN ALFINGTON by Chris Wakefield Report on the dig at Alfington on 17th June, 2000    
VICTORIAN SCHOOLDAYS by Rev. Bill Wright Aspects of school life in the late 19th.C.
OTTERY ST. MARY - AN ANCIENT MARKET TOWN by Ron Homer History of the Town’s market
RALEIGH HOUSE by Tim Caulfield Record of John Swete’s visit to Ottery
OTTERY AND THE CIVIL WAR by Tony Jones How Ottery was affected by the Civil War
STEAM ENGINE “OTTERY ST. MARY” by Ian Beattie History of the locomotive named after the Town
THE CORNISH ARE HERE! by Chris Saunders Dedication of the Fenny Bridges Battle memorial

NEWSLETTER #7 (Winter 2000)
COLERIDGE ANNIVERSARY DINNER by Chris Wakefield An account of the dinner held on 21st. October, 2000
THE RIDGEWAY STREAM by E A K Patrick Querying the origins of the stream
MORE ON WATERWAYS by Chris Wakefield Further thoughts on the Ridgeway Stream
VICTORIAN WEST HILL by John Pilsworth A brief history of West Hill from 1843 to 1905
THE RAILWAY IN OTTERY by Chris Saunders Brief account of the history of the Sidmouth branch
JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON DD (1827-1871) by John Whitham Brief history of the martyred Bishop Patteson
THE LOST ORCHARDS OF ALFINGTON by Keith Turner History of the rise and fall of local orchards
THE TUMBLING WEIR by Roy Packer One of his poems from “The Drummer’s Stone”
ST. SAVIOUR’S BRIDGE by Bill Wright History of the Town’s bridges over the River Otter
JOURNAL - Spring 2001 (#8)
OTTERY IN THE ORDURE by Tim Caulfield Health crisis in 1850
THE FACTORY AND THE MILL by Ron Homer Ottery’s industrial heritage
THE POET AS RAMBLER by Tony Jones Some of STC’s walking tours

JOURNAL - Summer 2001 (#9)
A TRAVELLER’S TALE by Charles S. Brooks (Reprinted from “East Devon: Travellers’ Tales by Todd Gray)
THE TUMBLING WEIR (From the Leicester Mercury, November 1963)
HOW SWITCHGEAR CAME TO THE OTTER MILL by Robert Neal The beginnings of Ottery’s largest industrial plant
COLOURFUL CHARACTERS by Lucy Channon Some well-known local people from earlier times
JOHN McDOUALL STUART by John Pilsworth Leader of the successful trans-Australia expedition
SIDELIGHTS ON 18TH CENTURY OTTERY by Ron Homer Aspects of contemporary life in Ottery
DISTANT LINKS by Chris Saunders Local connections in the Antipodes
SIXTY GLORIOUS YEARS by Bill Wright Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee memorial
ALEXANDER BARCLAY IN OTTERY ST MARY by Tim Caulfield The 16thC. writer’s local connections
DEAR NATIVE PLACE by Frank Shepperd Recollections from an Ottregian

JOURNAL - Autumn 2001 (#10)
THE SALSTON MANOR ICE HOUSE by Ron Homer Report on the Ice House excavation
LES AMIS DU CHATEAU DE GRANDSON by Edith Grout Ottery’s connections with Switzerland
ELECTRICITY COMES TO OTTERY From the Ottregian Journal of 1912
HARTLEY COLERIDGE - A BRIEF LIFE by Chris Wakefield Biographical notes
OLD TIPTON MILL by Barbara Pearce Brief history of Tipton Mill
WIGGATON SCHOOL (Reprinted from Historical notes on Devon Schools)
DISCOVERING A READY AND EASY WAY TO FIND THE TRUE LONGITUDE AT SEA by John Whitham Jottings from a local historian
LANDSCAPE PICTURE by Chris Wakefield Short history of hedges

JOURNAL - Spring 2002 (#11)
THE INN THAT MOVED by Ron Homer The inn at Lamb Court
JOANNA SOUTHCOTT (Part 1) by Lucy Channon The story of a local woman regarded as a witch
SHERMAN BRASSES by John Whitham Brasses in Ottery church
RAILWAY REMINISCENCES by Frank Shepperd Reminiscences of West Country class locomotives
WHAT IS WASSAILING? by Chris Saunders An ancient custom revived at Whimple

JOURNAL - Summer 2002 (#12)
JOANNA SOUTHCOTT (Part 2) by Lucy Channon The continuing story of a local ‘witch’
THE GREEN MAN by Betty Williams Significance of the Green Man in churches
DOWN BY THE RIVER by Ron Homer Industrial and commercial activity by the river Otter
GRAND HOUSES GAVE VILLAGE ITS CHARM AND STREET NAMES Reprinted from Sidmouth Herald of 1991

JOURNAL - Spring 2003 (#13)
TOWN HALL HANDED OVER TO OTTERY Reprinted from Western Morning News of 1958
A MANUSCRIPT FROM OTTERY’S COLLEGE LIBRARY by Ron Homer A significant manuscript from Exeter
THE MARKET HOUSE, OTTERY ST. MARY by John Whitham Markets in Ottery
PROVENANCE OF A PORTRAIT by Robert Neal Anomalies in portraits of STC
DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS CHAIR? by Stella O’Leary Appeal for information
A LOCAL CHARACTER by Maverick The life and times of ‘Romeo’
FOOTNOTE by Peter Harris Thoughts on Romeo
JOANNA SOUTHCOTT - THE SEQUEL by Lucy Channon Recent events with regard to JS

JOURNAL - Summer 2003 (#14)
ISABELLA ELLIOT AND THE COTTAGE HOSPITAL by Graham Ward Establishment of Ottery’s first hospital
ITS BREEDING THAT COUNTS by Peter Harris  Memories of a local business
THE TAXMAN COMETH by Ron Homer Mediaeval taxation customs
THE EAST DEVON LACE INDUSTRY by Syd Foster The story of Honiton lace in Ottery
GOLDEN MEMORIES by Frank Shepperd Reminiscences of an Ottregian

JOURNAL - Autumn 2003 (#15)
FRANCES ROSE-TROUPE, HISTORIAN EXTRAORDINARY by Ron Homer An eminent historian who lived in Ottery
FOR KING OR FOR PARLIAMENT by Tony Jones Opposing forces during the Civil War
THE MYSTERY OF THE BISHOP OF EXETER’S VESTMENTS by Jill Chave An unexpected connection with Bishop Grandisson
AN OTTREGIAN OF DISTINCTION by Robert Neal The biography of Ernie Emmett
EDWARD COLEBERD - ENTREPRENEUR AND BENEFACTOR by Chris Saunders The life of Edward Coleberd in Ottery
THE COTTAGE HOSPITAL by Graham Ward The continuing story of Ottery’s hospital

JOURNAL - Spring 2004 (#16)
WHEN THE RAILWAY CAME TO OTTERY by Roy Packer A new dawn in travel, in prose and in verse
OTTERY ST MARY AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL by Graham Ward Medical services in the 20thC.
THE FEOFFEES OF OTTERY ST MARY by Syd Foster An ancient charity which still operates in Ottery
THE ‘NECESSARY’ WIFE by Tony Jones STC’s marriage to Sara Fricker

JOURNAL - Summer 2004 (#17)
SIR ERNEST SATOW (Part 1) by Lucy Channon Renowned diplomat who retired to Ottery
BILLIATT’S GRAVE RESTORED AT WEST HILL John Pilsworth
I’LL SEE YOU AT THE CHURCH by Ron Homer An intriguing 17thC. legal dispute

JOURNAL - Spring 2005 (#18)
LEST WE FORGET: OTTERY ST MARY AND THE GREAT WAR by Jim Woolley Request for information on Ottery servicemen
SIR ERNEST SATOW (Part 2) by Lucy Channon Renowned diplomat who retired to Ottery
EDWARD DAVY (1806-1885) by Ron Homer Biography of the electrical telegraph pioneer
OTTERY NEWSPAPERS by Chris Saunders The history of local newspapers and magazines

JOURNAL - Summer 2005 (#19)
JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON (Part 1) by Lucy Channon Biography of the missionary from Feniton
RECOLLECTIONS OF OTTERY by R. G. Evans  A family history
THE DAY THE PLANE CAME DOWN by Brenda Powell An eventful day in WW2
BEFORE THE RAILWAYS CAME by Ron Homer Transport in the pre-railways era

JOURNAL - Winter 2005 (#20)
EDWARD DAVY - HIS LIFE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA by Jill Davy The continuing story of Edward Davy
JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON (Part 2) by Lucy Channon
THE STORY OF THREE BROTHERS AND THE OTTERY BRICKWORKS by Jeff Woodley
OTTERY’S MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS by Chris Saunders

JOURNAL - Spring 2006 (#21)
THE WEST HILL ‘HARRY POTTER’ STORY by Syd Foster Story of a village blacksmith
THE EARLIEST MAP OF OTTERY ST MARY by Ron Homer Surprising discovery of an old map
NINETEEN SIXTEEN: THE TURNING POINT IN THE GREAT WAR (Part 1) by Jim Woolley A significant period in the naval history of WW1
EDWARD DAVY - HIS LIFE IN VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA by Lesley Morton (nee Davy) The concluding story of Edward Davy

JOURNAL - Autumn 2006 (#22)
THE OTTERY CHURCH ORGAN by Robert Neal Review of the history of organs in St Mary’s church
THE CADHAY STORY (Part 1) by Lucy Channon  The history of Cadhay and its owners
NINETEEN SIXTEEN: THE TURNING POINT IN THE GREAT WAR (Part 2) by Jim Woolley A significant period in the army’s history of WW1

JOURNAL - Summer 2007 (#23)
THE MANOR OF OTTERY ST MARY IN 1612 by Ron Homer A review of how the Manor operated
THE CADHAY STORY (Part 2) by Lucy Channon  The recent history of Cadhay and its owners
OTTERY ST MARY CRICKET CLUB (1858-2008) by Tom Buckley.  Brief history of the Club
OLD SIGNALLING SYSTEMS IN TIMES OF WAR by Sue Dymond.  Systems used during Elizabethan and Napoleonic times

JOURNAL - Autumn 2007 (#24)
SIR ISAAC HEARD by Lucy Channon The life of one of Ottery’s famous sons
HOW OTTERY ST MARY “LOST” TIPTON ST JOHN (Part 1) by Dr Larry Shenfield  The historical relationship between Ottery and Tipton
“THE CATASTROPHE AT OTTERY ST MARY” by Robert Neal (Transcribed from “The Penny Illustrated News”)

JOURNAL - Spring 2008 (#25)
HOW OTTERY ST MARY “LOST” TIPTON ST JOHN (Part 2) by Larry Shenfield  The historical relationship between Ottery and Tipton
PHARMACIES IN OTTERY by Roy Wright The history of Ottery’s 2 pharmacies
THE MARIST CONVENT IN BROAD STREET by Rev. Hugh Cross History of Ottery’s catholic schools 

JOURNAL - Summer 2008 (#26)
LEST WE FORGET - ALBERT EDWARD TAYLOR - Jim Woolley - Profile and history of local WW1 seaman
ONE OF OTTERY'S TURNPIKES - Chris Wakefield
INNS, PUBS AND BEER HOUSES IN OTTERY - Tony Rhodes
FROM MARKET PLACE TO PUBLIC LIBRARY - Robert Neal - the history of library services in Ottery.

JOURNAL - Autumn 2008 (#27)
GOVETON FARM PROJECT - INTERIM REPORT - Chris Wakefield
HISTORY OF PHARMACY - Roy Wright
REAL TENNIS AT OTTERY ST MARY - Tennis at the College in 1451

JOURNAL - Winter 2008 (#28)
GOVETON FARM PROJECT RESULTS - Chris Wakefield
DENTISTRY IN OTTERY 1928-2002 - John Pilsworth BDS
THE FINAL CRUEL TWIST - Jim Woolley on the influenza epidemic after WW1