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Welcome to the Tavistock Local History Society


Our society was founded in 1984 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. We organise meetings and visits and run a photographic archive, based in Court Gate in Bedford Square.

We usually meet on the second Tuesday of the month except in October when it changes to avoid the evening of Goose Fair. During the summer months we organise external visits to places of local historic interest including an all day coach trip.

Tuesday evening meetings usually take place at 7.30pm in the Parish Rooms behind the Vicarage in Plymouth Road next to the Bedford Hotel. All Society events are free to members unless otherwise stated.



Founded in Saxon times, destroyed by Danish raiders, nurtured by Benedictine monks and then controlled by the Russells and the Dukes of Bedford until the great 1911 sell off, stannary, copper town, industrialised and de-industrialised, this attractive little town under the ramparts of Dartmoor has a rich and varied history.

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