Friday, 5 November 2021

Buscombe: Or, A Michaelmas Goose

Illustration from Harper's Magazine of Buscombe: Or, A Michaelmas Goose
Illustration from Harper's Magazine - 1889

In the December 1889 edition of Harper's Magazine is the R.D. Blackmore tale in verse Buscombe: Or, A Michaelmas Goose. The illustration above from the magazine is instantly recognisable as the entrance to old Blundell's, shown below.

Last year, local author and publisher, Douglas Rice, published a new edition of the tale, as reported by In Your Area.

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Bolham Roman Fort

Bolham Roman Fort Excavations
Bolham Roman Fort Excavations - 1981-86

The Tiverton Museum article on page 21 in this month's edition of the Mid Devon One Magazine is all about the Roman fort at Bolham.

The fort would have been made from earth and wood with a single rampart and ditch, causeways and gateways through these and roads crossing the interior. Excavation showed  that the road surface is undisturbed. The fort was occupied circa 65-90 AD by detachments of the 2nd Legion Augusta (who occupied the legionary fortress at Exeter).