The Devon section of the website contains all the content that the DA hosts about Devon, rather than about itself. 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 This page contains links to contemporary content and the other page has links to historical content, which we have randomly decided to be anything older than 1980.
From our Transactions
- A list of titles of all papers. Those that we have transcribed are linked.
Abstracts of papers published in our Transactions
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.
List of Devon Beetles
Martin Luff, Country Recorder for Coleoptera, has created a list of the 2,724 (and counting!) beetle species that have been recorded in Devon. There are many distribution maps and illustrations too. See the database here.
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:
- 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
- Dartmouth (2018): Botany – Buildings – Entomology – Geology – History – Industrial Archaeology – Literature & Art
- Launceston (2019): Botany – Buildings – Geology – History – Literature & Art
- Bideford (2020). Although the Conference was postponed, reports have been produced and will appear here in due course.
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
- The Records of the Bishop of Exeter’s Consistory Court. A paper by J. A. Vage (1982).
- Devon’s Farm Labourers in the Victorian Period: the Impact of Economic Change. A paper by Greg Finch (1987).
- A Re-appraisal of the Erratic Suite of the Saunton and Croyde Areas, North Devon. A paper by P. A Madgett and E. A. Inglis (1987).
- The Rural Manor in South-West Devon in the Nineteenth Century. A paper by Brad Scott (1997).
2000 – 09
- The Anglo-Saxon Mint at Lydford. A paper by John Allan (2002).
- Mobility and Persistence of Families in Cheriton Bishop. A paper by Sophia Lambert (2007).
- The Landscape around Chulmleigh in 1711: A Reconstructed Map. A paper by Martin Ebdon (2008).
- Anne Edgcumbe/Dowriche and The French Historie. A pair of related papers by Dr Julie Sampson (2009).
- The Husbandry of Devon and Cornwall. A paper by Robin Stanes (2009).
2010 – 14
- A Devon By-Election: South Molton, 1891. A paper by Sophia Lambert (2010).
- Evidence for a Twelfth-Century Community of Benefactors in a North Devon Charter. A paper by Dorothea Rowse (2011).
- The Hudson Transparencies. A summary, list and illustrations that complement an article by Dr Robin Wootton in Transactions volume 143 (2011) pp. 61–90.
- The Geodiversity of Torbay. A paper by Prof. Malcolm Hart (2012).
- William Pengelly, The Devonshire Association, and 150 Years of Scholarship. A paper by Dr Robin Wootton (2012).
- The History and Hydrogeology of Laywell, a Celebrated Ebb and Flow Spring at Brixham, Devon. A paper by Prof. John Mather (2013).
- The Poetry of Anne Born: an Appreciation. A paper by John R. Cole (2013).
2015 – 19
- Facing sin: late medieval roof bosses in Ugborough church, Devon. An article by Dr Susan Andrew (2015).
- Bronze Age Geometry: the layout of the Ceremonial Site at Merrivale. A paper by John Morgan (2016).
- The Emergence of the Pinwill Sisters. A paper by Dr Helen Wilson (2016).
- The Three Hares in Medieval Devon and Beyond. Book extract by Dr Sue Andrew (2016).
- Trojans at Totnes and Giants on the Hoe: Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historical Fiction and Geographical Reality. A paper by John Clark (2016).
- Stories on the Stones: Peter Hill, Parish Clerk and Sexton, Lydford. The tale of a ‘most worthy’ West Devon character, by Dr Sue Andrew (2017).
- Stories on the Stones: William Shillibeer: Sculptor, Schoolmaster, Surveyor. Another tale of a West Devon character, by Dr Sue Andrew (2017).
- ‘A Master in the Art’: Harry Hems and St Peter’s Revelstoke, Noss Mayo, Devon. A paper by Dr Sue Andrew.
- John and Jane Cranch. The role of natural history in a Georgian domestic crisis. A shortened version of the presentation given by Dr Ian Varndell at our 2019 Conference (video, 2019).
- Insects – when will people realise they are fascinating? A plea from Dr Robin Wootton. (DA News Autumn 2019).
- Geology Section: history, interests and the importance of Devon’s geology. An annotated presentation by Professor Malcolm Hart (2020).
- A Place of Execution. About the place-name element “forches” in Devon, by Martin Horrell.
- The death of Charles Stothard at Bere Ferrers, May 28th 1821 and some of its ramifications. An article by Clive Charlton, first published in Tamar (2020).
- Powne’s House in Crediton – “A very complete mid C18 town house”. An article by Clive Betts (2020).
- Some Exeter Cathedral Nave Corbels. An exploration by Diane Walker of the ideas presented in John Ramsden’s blog post “Dual identities of some Exeter Cathedral carvings.” (2021).
For content originally published before 1980, see the other contents page.