Monday, 5 July 2021

The Book of Fair Devon

Author: United Devon Association
Published: 1900
Provider: Internet Archive

The Book of Fair Devon

Road Development in Tiverton

The Tiverton Museum article on page 27 in this month's edition of the Mid Devon One Magazine is all about how the road infrastructure developed in Tiverton and the surrounding area.

Tollhouse on the road from
Tiverton to Halberton, c.1890s
The coming of the railways in the 19th century caused the use and profitability of turnpike roads to decline, and by 1895 the turnpike system had ceased to exist. Though the railway system took people and goods through the county, it did not penetrate into some of the more remote places, so in many areas the road system continued to serve the needs of local people. When the car and bus arrived on the scene the infrastructure was there, albeit somewhat narrow and winding.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Archaeological Excavations at Halberton

The Tiverton Archaeology Group, Sampford Peverell Society, Halberton History Group and Devon County Council Historic Environment Team have been examining a field near Halberton this month for remains of a Roman building. There is more detail on the site notice below.

Archaeological excavations notice on gate
Notice on Field Gate

Archaeological excavations in field
Excavations in Field

Friday, 7 May 2021

Tiverton Communal Cleaning Days

From Snell (1892) listing the first set of town byelaws in 1627 on page 111:
It is further ordered and agreed that every inhabitant or dweller within ye pcincts of this Liberty shall from henceforth every Tuesday in ye forenoon and every Saturday in ye afternoon cause ye Street lying or being before his or her dwelling house, Yost (?) or ground within ye said Towne of Tiverton, by all the length or breadth of his house or ground to ye middle of ye Street, to be clean swept and cleansed and shall not at any time from henceforth suffer any Dounge, dirt, soyle, or any other noisome thing to lye in ye same Street before his or her dwelling house or ground, but shall remove or carry the same within one day next after notice hereof being given by the Mayor or any officer by ye said Mayor Appointed, upon paine to forfeit or lose for every Such offence Twelve Pence, to be levied as aforesaid.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Photographic Studios in Tiverton

The Tiverton Museum article on page 21 in this month's edition of the Mid Devon One Magazine lists the photographers and photographic studios found in Tiverton from 1861.

The article lists:
  • John Chapple
  • George Braund
  • Walter Mudford
  • Charles Wood
  • William Radford
  • J. Chilcott
  • Harold Hatt
  • Carl Petersen
  • Allen Henry Jarman
  • S.H. Cox

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Insight into a Tiverton Victorian Midwife

Jane Chorley's Ledger - Tiverton Museum
Jane Chorley's Ledger - Tiverton Museum
In Your Area has published an article from Tiverton Museum giving an insight into a Tiverton Victorian midwife called Jane Chorley, which you can read here.
Tucked away in the stores of Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life we have a wonderful handwritten bound volume titled ‘Mrs Jane Chorley’s Book’. This is a ledger kept by Jane Chorley of 28 Leat Street, Tiverton, where she records her attendance at local births from 1875 through to 1907.

Monday, 8 March 2021

The Bells of Tiverton

The Tiverton Museum article on page 23 in this month's edition of the Mid Devon One Magazine is all about various bells in Tiverton.

The chapel at John Waldron's almshouse (Wellbrook Street) has what is believed to be the oldest bell in Devon to be inscribed with a date. The bell (1539) is older than the almshouse – completed after 1539 – and was made in Kleve (Cleves), located in Germany near the border with the Netherlands.

The bells of St Peter's Church have featured on BBC Radio 4's Bells on Sunday.

Friday, 5 March 2021

William Hogarth's Design for Blundell's School

In Snell (1892), it mentions that the famous painter and printmaker, William Hogarth, designed a Blundell's School celebratory dinner invitation (shown below). The British Museum has it catalogued as a "letterhead", so it might not have been designed specifically for this purpose.

Hogarth's design for Blundell's School - 1726
Hogarth's design for Blundell's School - 1726

From page 217 of Snell:

It has not been ascertained when the anniversary of Blundell's School was first celebrated. It has been inferred, however, from certain intimations to be found in divers old manuscripts, that the custom dates back almost to the foundation of the school, though, as far as I can learn, it was never observed with any degree of regularity until the close of the last century. On one occasion the ticket of admission was designed by Hogarth, but some doubt exists as to when it was first used. Mr. Rankilor, one of the masters of the school, in a paper read before the Devonshire Association, (1891), gives the following account of the matter:

"In 1725 was celebrated the first anniversary of the school, when the sermon was preached by the Rector of Tiverton, and by him dedicated to the 'Master of Tiverton School, and to his much-honoured (the epithet will bear a double construction) friends and school-fellows.' There is some doubt as to whether Hogarth's well-known 'Ticket of Admission to the School Feast' was produced for this occasion, or in 1740, the date which the engraving bears. The former date seems more probable, for the reason that Hogarth did most of his copper engraving between 1718 and 1726, on the commission of booksellers generally. After the latter date he took up portraiture, and speedily acquired reputation and wealth. Of the engraving in question, two copies may be seen in the present Register, one of which was presented in 1825 by the Rev. W. Toms, of Southmolton, to the Rev. Alldersey Dicken, then head-master; the second, vastly inferior, was inserted in the Register, together with an autograph letter of Lord Palmerston's, in 1859. The principal figure in the engraving is Minerva, sitting near a well-filled bookcase, and indicating to a child standing at her knee the school buildings in the distance. Near her Mercury is watering a shrub, to the apparent edification of another small boy; on the left are two children reading, and near them again is an old man, possibly a schoolmaster, to all appearance in the act of discoursing in a casual way to a somewhat inattentive audience, not an altogether unusual experience, perhaps. Motto: 'In patriam populumque fluxit utrique unus et ex uno stemmate surgit honos.' Below the engraving, in bold lettering, is a note of invitation, followed by the names of the Stewards. Underneath all, in smallest italics, and yet important as a lady's postscript, 'Pay ye Bearer 10s. 6d.' At the School Feast in 1728, the sermon was preached by the Rev. John Jones, O.B., who afterwards became head-master. It was published at the request of the stewards, to whom it was dedicated. A copy of this pamphlet was presented to the school library in 1887 by a well-known member of this Association, H. S. Gill, Esq., J.P."

The Latin motto of 'In patriam populumque fluxit utrique unus et ex uno stemmate surgit honos' roughly translates to 'It flows into country and people [referring to education] from both sides, one and the same honour [or dignity] rises / grows tall from the genealogical tree'.

In the book William Hogarth: A Life and a World by Jenny Uglow, the year of 1726 is given as its date.

Friday, 26 February 2021