This section of the website contains all the content that the Devonshire Association hosts about Devon. The header on this page shows an extract from Domesday (“In the City of Exeter the King has 300 houses …”).

We have two contents pages to help navigate the Devon section. This page contains links to contemporary content and the other page has links to historical content, which we have randomly decided to be anything older than 1980.

Contemporary content

Front cover of The Devonshire Association's 150th volume of Transactions, 2018.

From our Transactions

Abstracts of papers published in our Transactions

Book reviews

Over the years we have published many reviews of Devon-related books in our Transactions and in DA News. A selection can be read here.

The Devonshire Dialect Dictionary

We are pleased to be able to host this new work compiled by Geoffrey Dearson. It is the largest compilation of Devon dialect words yet created. Arranged in dictionary form, it consists of about 14,400 words with some 22,000 attributions and over 4,000 etymologies and derivations. See the introduction here.

DA News Magazine

A lively magazine published twice-yearly to keep members informed of what has been going on and what is to come. It is issued free to members of the Devonshire Association and contains both material relevant to DA membership and numerous articles of general Devon interest.

Back issues of the magazine from 2018 onwards are available as pdf files to read online or to download, here.

List of Devon Beetles

Martin Luff, Country Recorder for Coleoptera, has created a list of the 2,725 (and counting!) beetle species that have been recorded in Devon. There are many distribution maps and illustrations too. See the database here.

A New Flora of Devon

The authors have kindly given permission for us to include A New Flora of Devon (published in hardback in 2016) on this website. See it here.

Videos of talks available

We have recorded many of the Zoom talks given to the DA since December 2020. See the list here. Note that access to most of the videos is restricted to DA members only.

Section reports

Our annual conferences are held in a different town in Devon each year (though we do occasionally stray into Cornwall or Somerset). Our Sections produce reports on the town and its surroundings and collectively these provide a useful introduction to the place:

These reports are now included in the pdf copies of DA News magazine available on this page (each copy has a clickable list of contents on page 3).

  • Bideford (Spring 2020) – pages 26 to 35
  • Devon (Spring 2021) – pages 26 to 34
  • Meeting the DA Sections (Spring 2022) – pages 36 to 47
  • Exeter (Spring 2023) – pages 28 to 45
  • Escot and its environs (Spring 2024) – pages 37 to 49 (to be online from Spring 2025)

Buildings Section survey reports

These are reports of detailed surveys of individual buildings undertaken by members of the Buildings Section since 1988.

Other contemporary materials

These are mostly copies of papers from our Transactions which the authors have kindly allowed us to republish, but other work is also included. They are listed below in order of publication from 1980 to date.

1980 – 99

2000 – 09

Photos of coins from John Allan’s paper on the Lydford Mint

2010 – 14

2015 – 19

2020 –