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ISBN: 1841143146
AUTHOR: Helen Harris
A Handbook of Devon Parishes (pdf e-book)
A Handbook of Devon Parishes (pdf e-book)
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A Handbook of Devon Parishes - A Complete Guide For Local and Family Historians by Helen Harris has been produced specifically to meet the demands of the growing number of those interested in local and family history. Its aim is to provide a single source of information for those engaged in historical research on the county of Devon regarding all its civil parishes.

No work of this kind has been produced since the gazetteer in Hoskins’ Devon was first published in 1954, and Helen Harris has brought an original eye to her study, bringing the information and its style of presentation into the twenty-first century. Not content with using extant published sources, the author has driven hundreds of miles throughout the county in order to collect information, to meet local historians, and to see for herself and record the principal features of each parish.

All 422 civil parishes (plus Lundy and the Authorities of Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay) are included alphabetically.  Each entry is accompanied by a concise historical overview of the parish, details worthy of specific note, comparative population figures between the 1901 census and today, sources for further reading and, where they exist details of local history groups and museums.

The book is illustrated by a broad range of photographs, often chosen to depict buildings or other features of note, and to provide a flavour of the parishes in times past.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 1841143146,, 297 x 210mm, 192 pages. Published 2004. pdf e-book May 2011.

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Images of Plymouth & South Devon RailwaysImages of Plymouth & South Devon Railways - £19.99
This volume by Maurice Dart covers the period from the earliest days of photography through to the end of the age of steam on railways in Plymouth and South Devon. Here are rare photographs, many of them taken by the author, of main line locomotives and private and military lines, many of which no longer exist.
The Book of Dartington ParishThe Book of Dartington Parish - £19.99
The Book of Cullompton IIThe Book of Cullompton II - £19.99
The Book of TivertonThe Book of Tiverton - £19.99
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The Book of Shaugh ParishThe Book of Shaugh Parish - £19.99
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The Book of BamptonThe Book of Bampton - £19.95
The Book of NorthlewThe Book of Northlew - £19.95
The Book of Sampford CourtenayThe Book of Sampford Courtenay - £19.95
The Book of South BrentThe Book of South Brent - £19.99
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Throughout Devon the story is the same, of famous names which have ebbed and flowed but which still survive and in many cases as strongly as ever. Rosemary Lauder investigates.
Devon Riviera MoodsDevon Riviera Moods - £9.99
A superb collection of images by Kevin Cowell of the South West's Riviera harbours and towns.
 
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