This is the front page to all the content that the DA hosts about Devon, rather than about itself.
You will know when you are in this section of the site because the header shows an extract from Domesday (“In the City of Exeter the King has 300 houses …”). Also, the sidebar at the right has a search box; and a list of newly added Devon content replaces the list of DA’s upcoming events.
This section is being actively developed: you can read about the proposals in the webmaster’s blog.
Abstracts of papers published in our Transactions
- Axminster (2011): Botany – Buildings – Entomology – History – Geology – Literature
- Torquay (2012): Botany – Buildings – Entomology – Geology – Literature & Art
- Kingsbridge (2013): Botany – Buildings – Entomology – Geology – Literature & Art
- Barnstaple (2014): Botany – Buildings – Entomology – Geology – Literature & Art
- Tavistock (2015): Botany – Buildings – Entomology – Geology – History – Industrial Archaeology – Literature & Art
- Cullompton (2016): Botany – Buildings – Entomology – Geology – History – Industrial Archaeology – Literature & Art – Music
- Buckfast (2017): Botany – Buildings – Entomology – Geology – History – Industrial Archaeology – Literature & Art
Other contemporary content:
- The Hudson Transparencies, a summary, list and illustrations that complement an article by Dr Robin Wootton in Transactions volume 143 (2011) pp. 61–90.
- Buildings Section Reports
These are reports of detailed surveys of individual buildings undertaken by members of the Buildings Section since 1988.Harepath Farm, Seaton, 1998Wadhays, Awliscombe, 2007Bickham Farm, Kenn, 2013
From our Transactions
- A list of titles of all papers. Those that we have transcribed (see below) are linked.
- Links to scanned copies 1862–1920. These are hosted on the Internet Archive, but a few are missing. The missing volumes are: IV 1870–1, VI 1873–4, XLI 1909, and L 1918.
Over 1,300 papers and hundreds of Reports from various Sections and Committees were published before 1921.
We are building up a series of accurate transcriptions of papers and reports published in these early volumes. These few examples give an indication of the wide range of what’s available:
- Exmouth Warren, and its threatened destruction (1872) – today known as Dawlish Warren.
- Bronze Celt found near Sidmouth (1872)
- Is there evidence of Glacial Action in the Valleys of Dawlish and Ashcombe, South Devon? (1872)
- On the Progress of Electro-therapeutics (1872) – by J. N. Hearder, Medical Galvanist, Plymouth.
- Notice of supposed Acoustic Jars found in the Parish Church of St. Andrew, at Ashburton (1873)
- Relics of the Past observed at Torquay, Devonshire (1873) – wassailing, the ashen faggot, and May-dolls
- Memoranda (1875) – a miscellany of short notes and reports collected by William Pengelly.
- The Font in Christ Church, Ilfracombe (1880)
- The Black Assizes in the West (1884) – outbreaks of typhus, or “gaol fever”.
- On Earthquakes in Devonshire (1884) – documenting 33 events, including tsunamis.
- On Earthquakes in Devonshire – Supplement (1885) – the January 1885 earthquake.
- Changes in Travelling on the Road between Exeter and Plymouth during the last Sixty Years (1885) – includes a personal recollection of travelling on Brunel’s atmospheric railway.
- Second Supplement to Paper on Earthquakes in Devonshire from the Earliest Records to the Present Time (1887)
- A Gold-Washing Apparatus (1888) – Sabine Baring-Gould describes a small device found on Dartmoor. Where is it now?
- Wills, The Australian Explorer (1893) – Describes the ill-fated Burke & Wills expedition. W. J. Wills was born in Totnes.
- Dartmoor For Devonshire (1894) – arguing that the County Council should purchase Dartmoor.
- Some changes in the County Ornis, noticed particularly in the South Hams (1896) – starlings, lapwings up; buzzards, goldfinches down.
- Twelve Months’ Notes on Birds in the South Hams District (August, 1898–1899) (1899)
- Botanical Notes No. III. (1906)
- Supposed currency bars found near Holne Chase Camp (1906)
- First report of the Botany Committee (1909) – species recorded in Devon’s eight botanical districts.
- Ralegh Miscellanea (1909) – Wine licences, spelling: Ralegh, Raleigh etc., place-names, and his “Epitaph”.
- Ornamental lime-plaster ceilings and the plasterer’s craft in Devonshire (1909)
- Wembury: its bay, church, and parish (1909)
- An inclusion of culm grit in coarse granite (1909) – found near Lustleigh.
- An Ancient British Trackway (1911) – T. J. Joce’s first paper
- A Short Account of the Origin of the Association (1912)
- William Pengelly, F.R.S., F.G.S., Father of the Devonshire Association (1912)
- The Exeter and Dartmouth Road (1912)
- Twelve Months’ Notes on Birds in the South Hams District (1912) – and still shooting most of them!
- Mines and Mining in the Tavistock District (1914)
- Prudum, Produm etc., of Exeter and the first city seal (1915)
- The Secret of the Fosse Way (1915) – a speculative continuation through Devon to Launceston.
- The Walrond Screen in Seaton Church (1915)
- 34th Report of the Barrow Committee (1915) – excavations at Drizzlecombe.
- Berry Pomeroy Castle (1915)
- Churchyard and wayside crosses in the neighbourhood of Exeter (1915)
- The Original Main Road West of Exeter (1918)
- The Hill Observatory, Salcombe Regis (1920) – known today as the Norman Lockyer Observatory.
- Joseph Pitts of Exeter (?1663 – ?1739) (1920) – said to be the first Englishman to see Mecca.
- The Earliest Southern Way from Exeter (1927)
- Goatpath (1931)
- Westward from Dorchester (1936)
- Exeter Roads and Streets (1943) – T. J. Joce’s last paper, published posthumously.
Note that in view of the up to a hundred years or more of later research, we make no claims as to the accuracy of these papers. They are intended to serve several purposes, including: to form a basis for further research; to bring possible overlooked information into the light; to improve on the often poor quality text available from the automatically scanned volumes on Google and the Internet Archive; and lastly – just to enjoy reading about how things used to be, what we used to do, and what we used to believe.
See the source clouds page for lists of the most common authors, locations and topics for all the Devon content on this site.