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ISBN: 9780857042392
AUTHOR: Sarah Amery, Judy Luxford & Linda Sanders
The Book of Bishops Tawton
The Book of Bishops Tawton
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Bishops Tawton, a village nestling beneath Codden Hill and alongside the River Taw, has a varied and intriguing history ranging from a possible Bishop’s Palace to a unique listed ‘three seater’ toilet.

This book does not attempt to offer a definitive history of Bishops Tawton, but is a fascinating collection of living memories, photographs, historical facts, local folklore and family stories.

Bishops Tawton is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as consisting of “80 villagers and 11 smallholders who have 100 ploughs” Until the mid twentieth century, like many other country parishes, it was a thriving and largely self-sufficient community despite being only 2 miles from the centre of Barnstaple.

It continues to evolve and change in the twenty-first century.

This book offers a walk through the past, it is your opportunity to have a copy of this miscellany of fascinating photographs, facts, anecdotes and priceless memories of the past before they disappear forever.

In 2011, a group of Bishops Tawton ladies undertook a project to find out about the history of the parish. This started off as a small oral history project but due to the willingness and generosity of so many people led to a fascinating collection of histories, photographs and memories.

In 2012 an exhibition of the collection was held with over 600 people visiting. There were many subsequent requests to preserve and share the material in a book. Three of the group accepted the challenge! Judy Luxford moved to Bishops Tawton in 2000 and worked for the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist.

Sarah Amery was brought up locally in Newport and moved into the village in 1998 teaching at Bishops Tawton Primary school for thirteen years.

Linda Sanders is a North Devon farmer’s daughter who moved into Bishops Tawton in 1984 and worked locally as a nurse and teacher.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 239 2), hardback, 210x297mm, 160 pages. Published October 2014.

 
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