Laycock, C. H.


Published in DA Transactions, 1943

CHARLES HEY LAYCOCK, B.A., was born in 1879, and was the only son of William Laycock, J.P., of Wolborough Hill, Newton Abbot. He was educated at Newton College, and Merton College, Oxford.

He joined the Devonshire Association in 1905, and became one of the best-known members, partly as a student and expositor of the county dialect and folk-lore, and partly for his social qualities. He contributed papers to the Transactions on folk-music, wasps, and local wit and humour, and edited the Reports on Verbal Provincialisms from 1929 and that on Folklore from 1938, till his death. He joined the Council in 1909.

Mr. Laycock was widely known for his skill in music, and at his house at Moretonhampstead made a fine collection of keyboard stringed instruments. It was a delight to hear him play the harpsichord, spinet and clavichord, and to sing the old tunes he knew so well. In this house was a collection of articles used in farmhouses of the old times, which he had made during many years with great discrimination and knowledge; he had given many such things to the Torquay Natural History Society, which exhibits them in the museum.

He was one of the few people of these times who have seen a will-o-the-wisp; his experience is recounted in Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries, He was a botanist, a philatelist, a raconteur of a high order, a gardener, a musician, and a most delightful companion. He was unmarried, and died suddenly, regretted by all his many friends, on 28th March 1943. The Association has been considerably benefited under the terms of his will.

Papers published in DA’s Transactions

Year     Vol. Pages
1909 Charles. H. Laycock Need for a Devonshire Dialect Grammar 41 298-300
1914 Charles H. Laycock Social Wasps in Devonshire 46 359-371
1914 Charles H. Laycock West Counry Wit and Humour. Part IV 46 507-519
1917 Charles H. Laycock English National and Folk Music, with special reference to the Folk-songs of Devonshire 49 296-319
1920 Charles H. Laycock The Old Devon Farm House. Part I. Its Exterior Aspect and General Construction 52 158-191
1922 Charles H. Laycock The Old Devon Farmhouse. Part II. Its Interior Arrangements and Domestic Economy 54 224-270
1923 Charles H. Laycock The Old Devon Farm-House/ Part II (-continued). Its Interior Arrangements and Domestic Economy 55 154-181