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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A new History of Teignmouth online

an aural and visual record of West Teignmouth

Congratulations to all who have worked for years to produce this wonderful record.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Power of Archaeology

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You may not be aware that earlier this month the Council for British Archaeology launched its new campaign entitled the ‘Power of Archaeology’ as part of its Local Heritage Engagement Network. This new campaign aims to get MPs and local Councillors more closely engaged with archaeology and heritage issues, raise the profile of threats posed by cuts and planning policy reform, and make sure that decision-makers understand what archaeology does for us all and why people care passionately about it.

The south-west region, like others areas of the country, is currently under pressure to meet demands placed on local authority archaeology services due to budget cuts, and national planning policy reforms are threatening to undermine many of the protections that exist to prevent harm to, and create benefit from, archaeological remains discovered through the planning process.

Here at CBA South West we want to raise the profile of this campaign to local societies in the region. We hope to encourage you to help spread the awareness of the campaign, or to join in whichever way you can to help us raise the profile of archaeology with politicians at a local and national level.
We are asking societies just like yours to write to their MP’s, invite them to local events and meetings, attend a local surgery, or send them details of your group and the work you do - anything to make a mark with your representative!

One key aspect of this campaign will be the Festival of Archaeology, which runs from 16th to 31st July and features events all over the region, we are encouraging event organisers to invite their local MP’s along. Further details onthe Festival of Archaeology, including finding an event near you or how to get involved, can be found here (

You can find out about the campaign here (, including guidance for how to contact your MP, and what you can do if you are organising or visiting an archaeological event. It should be known that societies are more than welcome to share and adapt materials from the campaign as they deem appropriate, and are welcome to use the unbranded ‘Power of Archaeology’ resources attached here for their own websites and the hashtag #ArchaeoPower on social media.

If you want to get involved in any way but would like some advice, please contact, or call 01904 521 417 and someone will be glad to help.

The CBA hopes, that with your support, to be able to capitalise on the contact made in order to highlight issues with upcoming legislation and policy, raising the probability that the sector will, collectively, be able to lobby for appropriate protections to be maintained, and enhancements sought.

Yours faithfully,

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Caradoc Peters, Chair, Council for British Archaeology South West

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Katie Collins, Secretary, Council for British Archaeology South West

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Family History enquiry - Crews

In the 1891 census Robert Crews lived at 8 Queen St, Starcross – I having been trying to find this address but had not luck. Has this been changed?
Hope you can help me. I am now living in Australia but spent many years living in the UK. I was a frequent visitor to Starcross and had my gg grandfathers headstone in the church cleaned and lead work repaired plus had a tablet laid in memory of his son Robert who went to Australia in 1883.
Hope you can help.
Thanking you
Rosemarie Griffith nee Crews

There isn't a Queen St in Starcross.
There's a Queen Street in Exmouth, EX8 1NU which has a red-brick terrace of houses

Queen St Exmouth EX8 1NU

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Musket Balls found locally

What might look like just another lump of estuary mud could be something really interesting. Here's a wonderful collection of musket balls found around Starcross. The sovereign shows the size of them. Powderham remained a Royalist stronghold until it fell in 1646; after the roundheads attacked from the river.



Wednesday, 1 June 2016


      • JUMBLE SALE in St Paul's Church EX6 8QB

Saturday June 4th from 2pm

Teas/coffees/soft drinks and an assortment of delicious home baking

The jumble leftovers  will go to the   Westbank charity shop
and furniture to the Exeter Turntables project
Please leave jumble at Myrtle Cottage anytime - entrance in New Road and Swan Road
or from 10:30 on the day
Clothes. Toys. Bedding. Bric-a-brac. Plants. small items of Furniture. ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT THAT SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT WANT except people and pets!

Items can be collected. Please phone 01626 890650 or email