Please reach out to us via our contact form if you are interested in participating and not already a member. 
 

All our meeting are free to members, but other are welcome to join us at £3 per meeting (apart from the June outing when there will be an additional charge for all).

Tuesday 10th May 7pm – outdoor visit – Gulworthy Church & Churchyard

St Paul's Gulworthy (right) is known as 'The Miners’ Church' and was built in 1856 by Francis Sackville Russell, the 7th Duke of Bedford, to serve the large number of people working in the local metal mines, especially Devon Great Consols within its parish.

 

The society is planning to expand its Memorial Transcription Project to include Gulworthy Churchyard and the nearby cemetery – come hear about the history and see what is involved in the transcription project.

 

We meet at Gulworthy Church.

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Tuesday 14th June – day out – Plymouth including a visit to Plymouth Synagogue with Jerry Sibley, custodian

Built in 1762 it is the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue still in use in the English speaking world. Come and see inside. We will also the Greek Orthodox Church and the Mayflower Museum.

 

An additional charge will be made to members and others for this outing.  Details and booking form are available from

secretary@tavistockhistory.co.uk.

Tuesday 12th July 7pm – outdoor visit - Powdermills: 19th Century Gunpowder Factory with Tony Vigars

In a remote spot in the middle of Dartmoor, between Two Bridges and Postbridge, can be found the extensive ruins of a gunpowder factory. Operating between 1845 and 1897, it has lain abandoned for more than 120 years. Come and see what remains.

 

Parking spaces are very restricted at the site so please share lifts with others.

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Tuesday 9th August 7pm – outdoor visit – Zoar Chapel & Horndon with Ann Cole & Jill Borrow and Brian Giles (author of TLHS book: Tavistock’s Methodist Chapels)

Zoar was originally a Bible Christian Chapel and closed in 2009. What is not generally known is the existence of a Roman Catholic Chapel at Horndon. Come and explore the area with us.

 

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Tuesday 13th September 7.30pm at the Parish Centre – Calstock Roman Fort with member Dr Chris Smart who follows up on his presentation on Roman military sites in the Taw Valley in November 2021

We look forward to learning about the recent discoveries at Calstock as a result of the post-excavation analysis and preparation of the written report (that) is now underway.

See: https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/calstock/).   

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Tuesday 18th October 7.30pm at the Parish Centre – Commonwealth War Graves Commission with Rebecca Smith, CWGC Public Engagement Coordinator for the South West

Scattered around Plymouth Road Cemetery is the familiar sight of the almost identical CWGC gravestones for Commonwealth military casualties of World Wars 1 and 2 and later. Learn about the history and work of the CWGC throughout the world as well as locally.

  

Tuesday 8th November 7.30pm – The Devonshires with Tony Rea, author of South  Devon in the Great War and Devonshire Regiment historian

The 2nd (Prince of Wales’s) Volunteer Battalion, within the Devonshire Regiment, was formed in 1860 and included the 22nd (Tavistock) Devonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps. In 1908 these Tavistock volunteers became “A” Company of the 5th (Prince of Wales's) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment and many Tavistock men served with the Devonshires in the Great War. 

  

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Tuesday 13th December 7.30pm at the Parish Centre – Social & Members’ Projects Evening

With a little festive food and drink with glimpses at a few of the projects members of the society have been pursuing.