The Society's Archives
This is a rough list of the archives of the Moretonhampstead History Society. The full collection needs sorting, reboxing in suitable archival boxes and detailed cataloguing.
The material here collected was first gathered by a number of individuals, most importantly the past Chairman and Secretary, Drs Bob and Alison Simkins, who lived in the Old School House, Pound Street, Moretonhampstead until 2006. They were the first to try and impose some order on the material they acquired and created in connection with the history of Moretonhampstead.
When Bob Simkins died, and Ian Mortimer took over the Chairmanship, a considerable amount of material was transferred to Dr Mortimer's house. The original order and sequences of files had by then been lost. Material was grouped into boxes and roughly listed on 10 July 2006. The collection was formally described to those present at the October 2006 AGM of the History Society. Further material was handed over when the late Drs Simkins' house was cleared prior to being sold in 2007. Other boxes were passed to Dr Mortimer in 2006/7 by the widow of the late Peter Collier, a long-serving member of the Society.
The material was transferred to the house of the president, Professor Ian Mercer, on 7 August 2007.
Since early 2012 funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Teignbridge District Council has enabled all the archives to be sorted and stored in bespoke archive boxes at the former primary school, now called Green Hill Arts and Heritage Centre, Fore St., Moretonhampstead TQ13 8LL.
There is an online database of the material which has been catalogued and may be queried at www.moretonarchives.org.uk
Box One: Records of the Moretonhampstead History Society and its predecessors
- The first minute book, from 1965-83
- Files of minutes 1988-2003, and duplicate minutes 1993-99
- File with original list of files [old system file no. 0000]
- Files relating to publications
- Correspondence 1986-99
- Files of correspondence with E. Clark, author of Bidder biography, and index of Bidder corresp. in Science Museum
- Run of Newsletters 2004-6
- Other admin files, e.g. circulars.
- Blue file of correspondence between the History Society and the WH Smith Archive, plus some photocopies of Moretonhampstead manorial documents in DRO and some other manor-related notes
Box Two: Original Material relating to the history of the parish and its environs
- Envelope of original deeds for the White Hart Hotel, Moretonhampstead
- A Napoleonic coin found in Moretonhampstead and notes about it and the Napoleonic residents
- Moretonhampstead Tennis Club accounts 1955-1973 [old system file no. 152]
- Rt Hon WH Smith MP, bound series of maps of his estate [old system file no. 104]
- Moretonhampstead Parish Hall management committee, first minute book 1950-1966, including a note on foundation of the parish hall after the purchase of the parish fire engine
- Imaginary letter concerning a highwayman forged by Dr Bob Simkins, 1992
- MS copy of Treleavens diary, from about 1920s, plus two original mercers' bills for 1808-9, and many cuttings and notes for later years, to 1927, with several longer cuttings rel. to fires in Moretonhampstead [old system file no. 201] See Box five for TS transcript.
- Moretonhampstead Literary Society minutes 1925-1932 [old system file no. 151]
- 67th and 68th annual reports of Moretonhampstead Convalescent home 1939, 1940
- File full of old pamphlets concerning the town and the church, society's programmes, etc
- 1850 original of GP Bidder's Examples of Mental Calculation, plus a 20th century reprint
- Lease of Chiverstone Farm, Kenton, 1863, incorporating a schedule of the land. [n.b. although not directly to do with Moreton, Chiverstone was the original home of the 13th century lords of the manor of Wray/Hayne in Moretonhampstead]
- Copy of Moretonhampstead parish news, 1898
- Envelope of rubbings of inscriptions in the lead on the roof of the church tower, made in 1981 (the earliest being 1880)
- Two pages from newspapers, the first being from the Devon Weekly Times for 29 July 1866 with a report on the opening of the Moretonhampstead-Newton railway, the second being The South Devon Journal for December 1858 with an article on the railway's forthcoming closure
- Moretonhampstead Station account book October 1952-December 1955
- Moretonhampstead Dramatic Club photographs and programmes 1940- [old system file no. 158]
- Moretonhampstead Volunteers, button from uniform, c.1806x1815
- Hambledon Estate Maps and sales catalogue, 1928
- Copy of Moretonhampstead parish magazine Sept 1966
- A 1926 receipt for the Bell Hotel donated by Mrs Ballhatchet in 2006
Additions to Box Two, received from Teignbridge District Council in 2006, via the parish clerk.
- Envelope of numbered architects' plans relating to Moreton buildings. [These were received by the chairman of the Society on 5 December 2006.] They include plans for
- No. 109 Caretakers cottage, Farm Bailiffs house for the Torquay Corporation at ? waterworks, in the parishes of Hennock and Moreton, 1899
- No. 139: the Moretonhampstead Cottage Hospital, 1899. [N.b. this is the original plan, as shown by the pencilled alterations rubbed out.]
- No. 226: Plan of 13 cottages at Moretonhampstead (Upper Kinsmansdale) for Mr TB Bowring, 1902
- No. 254: A nurses house at Moretonhampstead for G. Wells Esq, 1903
- No. 340: Alterations to a convalescent home, 1905
- No. 350: Blueprint of a plan for a house for the Congregational minister, 1905
- No. 617: Plans for the Post Office and two cottages for Mr AH Neck, 1910
Additions to Box Two, received during 2006-7 from Peter Collier
- The minute book for the almshouse charity, later the Eleemosynary charity, 1897-1987
- Notebook entitled 'Moretonhampstead Parish Church: Book of Benefactors large & small, November 1933'. It is continued as such until 1954. There are then many blank sheets. On the cover it is inscribed Leadbitter (Mr G., rector), who has used the end of the book for historical notes on some of the families of Moreton, and a history of the glebe and rectory from the sale of the glebe in 1929 to the acquisition of Wintercroft to be the rectory in 1934, with a list of previous owners from 1811.
Additions to Box Two, received during 2006-7 from Miriam Dicker, via Professor Ian Mercer
- Medal commemorating the opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, 1860, received from Miriam Dicker, whose father had picked it up at a house sale in 1921, where it had possibly been left by the housekeeper, a Miss Bidder. With it (and received at the same time) is a second, larger medal commemorating the opening of Birmingham Town Hall, 1834.
Additions to Box Two, received during 2007 from Lord Brain
- Two photographs of the interior Moretonhampstead Unitarian Chapel 11 Sept 1994 by Richard Ingle FRPS, London. These two items were given to Lord Brain by the photographer who in turn donated them to the Society in 2007.
Box Three: Thematic research files and exhibitions material
- Box file entitled 'Gina's Farm survey', being material copied from PRO wartime farm surveys by Gina Adams
- Red folder marked 'Farm Survey Misc'
- Box file entitled 'Exhibition 1993' which contains photocopied notes but also original newspapers and some original photographs, including a photo of the Dartmoor Duck Farm sign, which was at Hornhills.
- TS 'Key History of Moretonhampstead' being a TS draft of Heath's Sparrowhawk with references
- Photocopy of Sparrowhawk with critical comments [old system file no. 218]
- Green folder entitled 'Court Street Exhibition, 1999'.
- Green folder entitled 'Almshouses'.
- Keystones Historic Buildings Consultants' report on The Punch Bowl and 1 Eagle Place
- Exeter Archaeology report on excavations at the Union Inn, 2005
- Brochures rel. to the Manor House Hotel
- Envelope of papers rel to Greenhill House [old system file no. 021]
- Yellow folder marked 'Miscellaneous notes: info from people' [old system file no. 044]
- Green folder marked 'George Parker Bidder'
- Some photocopied farm accounts, 1940s, 50s
- Yellow envelope marked 'clocks, including Unitarian' [old system file no. 055]
- Envelope marked 'Reservoir' containing photocopied material rel to reservoir
- Buff folder marked 'Mrs Leadbitter's notes' and 'Papers collected by Mrs Leadbitter' [old system file no. 010]
- Envelope marked 'Unitarian chest index' [old system file no. 001]
- Envelope marked 'Chapel re Chest see also file 001'.
- Envelope marked 'Heath's Jonathan May manuscript, & sources'. [old system file no. 014] Note that this includes two rare 19th century publications:
- S. Treleaven's copy of The Trial of Edmund Galley, alias Turpin, and Thomas Oliver and Buckingham Joe... at the Devon Lammas Assizes on the 28 July 1836 for the Murder of Mr Jonathan May
- Execution of Thomas Oliver and Buckingham Joe on Friday 12th 1836 for the murder of Mr Jonathan May as reported in the Exeter Flying Post
- Green folder marked 'Church History and chapels general' [old system file no. 025]
- Buff folder marked 'Endowed Charities'
- Envelope marked 'Endowed Charities', being a copy of the 1907 report on endowed charities [old system file no. 022]
- Envelope marked 'Moretonhampstead Evacuees' [old system file no. 012]
- Buff folder marked 'Folklore' [old system file no. 026]
- Green folder marked 'Trades'
- White envelope marked 'Wigs' [old system file no. 047]
- Blue folder marked 'French and Napoleonic Wars, including prisoners of war' [old system file no. 003]
- Green folder marked 'Civil war: see also file for exhibition 1994' [old system file no. 043]
- Green folder marked 'Heath's notes'. Notes from Dick Heath (1994), on History of dissenting churches, Bowden Farm deeds, Education extracts for background information [old system file no. 040]
- Red folder marked 'Unitarian, including Bowring, Torr etc'. [old system file no. 002]
- Green folder marked 'Moretonhampstead Volunteers'. Notes about militia, Moretonhampstead in wartime, rationing, US army on Mardon etc
- Blue folder of exhibition material and notes relating to bus services in the vicinity and the history of the railway
- Blue folder of material given to Ian Mortimer rel. to the Manor House Hotel. Including a historical survey of the building.
- See-through envelope of material labelled 'walkabout' being descriptions of places in Moretonhampstead
- Black plastic bag containing material labelled 'walkabout and church history lecture'
- Blue folder labelled 'file of exhibition material rel. to buses and trains'
- Blue folder marked 'Misc folder' including
- Photograph by Ian Mortimer of the painting of the old rectory (which stood until c. 1889 on the site of Mardon) now in the vestry of the parish church
- Poster advertising 'Neck's Great Sale' 1938
- Note on Anne Brown, 1813-1914.
- Note on the Baptist chapel
- Notes on the church
- Plan of part of the burial ground
- Photocopy of a licence to hold a Methodist meeting house, 1790
Box Four: Press Cuttings and transcriptions of records relating to the history of Moretonhamsptead
- Box file containing
- Folder of original press cuttings
- Four notebooks of press cuttings of local events, 1980-1984
- File of original photographs and copied and original newspaper cuttings relating to a 1994 exhibition connected with commemorating the Second World War
- Photocopy of the parish council minute book 1892-1996
- File of copies of historical maps
- File containing:
- 2pp A4 notes of Moretonhampstead events 1866-75,
- Photocopy affixed to card of the Moretonhampstead peace procession of 26 July 1814
- MS copy of spiteful entry by one Mr Lane in Notes and Gleanings, i, p. 13, entitled 'Memories of Moretonhampstead'
- List of Moretonhampstead ownership voters in 1890
- 2 TSS of J Pike Jones' notes on Moretonhampstead in his Hundred of Teignbridge
- Extracts in TS from the Moretonhampstead Parish Council minutes 1920-1959
- Photocopy of a copied Doccombe court roll for late 15th century, 1481-1490s
- File relating to the water survey of 1893 [old system file no. 042]
- File of photocopies of documents relating to Moretonhampstead, including directories and works by Risdon, Bryce, Davidson, Lysons, JP Jones, Sir John Bowring, Cecil Torr, Charles Worthy, Celia Fiennes, and others [old system file no. 041]
- File entitled 'Humphrey Ward transcripts' being transcripts of records and papers, mostly official, relating to Moreton, including Non-Conformist registers, wills and administrations, Compton Census 1676, Muster rolls 1691, Petition to parliament concerning the woollen trade 1698, Agreement to recover stock and money 1707, Directories, Land Tax returns, Sun Fire insurance record of the 1845 fire, Rate receipts of highways' surveyor 1816-19, 1841 Census return, Heart tax return 1674, Electoral roll 1874 [old system file no. 097]
- Transcripts of Lay Subsidy returns for 1524-7, and Protestation Oath swearers for 1641-2 [old system file no. 098]
- 'Sundry photocopies of [printed editions of] Domesday, Charter Rolls, Close Rolls, etc, Episcopal Register', plus Sparrowhawk plan of medieval Moreton'
- Envelope containing photocopied history of North Bovey
- Envelope containing photocopied history of Bovey Tracey, entitled History and Legend, by Armitage Hargreaves
Box Five: Transcripts and indexes of Moretonhampstead diaries and property deeds
- TS of 'Chronological occurrences in Moretonhampstead' by Silvester Treleaven, 1799-1816 [old system file no. 203]
- TS of 'Moretonhampstead Diaries 1928-1962' by TNH Neck, transcribed by MA Simkins, 1988. [old system file no. 204] See Box Two for the original.
- 'Neck Diary', transcribed by Ken Theobald [old system file no. 206] NB The original was file 202, currently with Gary Cox.
- Printed pamphlets and press cuttings of Moretonhampstead, mostly loose from Neck diary [old system file no. 156]
- TS of 'Chronological occurrences in Moretonhampstead' by Silvester Treleaven, 1789-1816, copied by TNH Neck, 1924, and continued to 1920s. [old system file no. 207] See Box Two for the original.
- Box file containing indexes to TSS of Treleaven's Diary [old system file no. 208]
- Index of names in Treleaven's Diary
- Blue folder on 'Notes of Moretonhampstead' mainly about North Bovey by the rector of NB, WH Thornton, originally published in Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries
- Lever arch file including deeds to 1-7 Court Street, 17 Court Street, Coppelia/Borohayes, 35-37 Court Street (Cookshay), Underbow Cottage and the Congregational Chapel in Station Road, Jobs Well Lane House (now the Old Bakehouse) in Fore Street, 1 Lime Street, 2 the Square, Grandison Villa, 32 Pound Street
- Box file including
- File of transcribed deeds for various properties in Moretonhampstead and Doccombe
- File of photocopies of deeds of 1 Lime Street
- Envelope of deeds and notes rel. to Meacombe Farm
- File of deeds for 26-28 Ford Street [old system file no. 008]
Box Six: Transcripts of official records, namely parish and cemetery registers, tithe map, manorial records, family reconstitutions and related population records
- Two floppy disks labelled 'Moretonhampstead 1881 Census'
- File (orange) of transcriptions of Moretonhampstead baptism register 1838-1898
- TS of Moretonhampstead Baptism register, 1898-1936
- File (yellow) of transcriptions of Moretonhampstead marriage register 1837-1906
- File (green) of 1901 census returns for the area, including parishes of Moretonhampstead, Bridford, Chagford, Drewsteignton, Dunsford, Lustleigh and Manaton
- Folder of 1901 census returns for the area, including parishes of Cheriton Bishop, Throwleigh and Gidleigh
- Loose page of notes of 1871 census residents of Manaton and Lustleigh giving Moretonhampstead as their place of Birth
- Folder, 'Lustleigh Census' 1841-1901
- TS record of graves and burials at Bridford, 1600-1999
- Two folders of notes on graves in Moretonhampstead cemetery and compilation of list
- Dr RR Sellman, file (blue) of notes on Moretonhampstead family reconstitution
- Dr RR Sellman, loose leaf binder (red) of Moretonhampstead family reconstitutions, organised by name
- Dr RR Sellman, loose leaf binder of transcript of Moretonhampstead parish register, 1603-1837
- The above parish registers and family reconstitutions duplicated in nine separate TSS
- Peter Collier and Gary Cox, Moretonhampstead Register of Gravestones
- Envelope labelled 'Methodist Register'
- Buff folder marked 'Farm survey' containing TS copy of the Tithe map, with photocopies
- Photocopied page form a register entitled 'Mompesson Inn Licences 1619/20' which notes William Bowden licensed for the Angel Inn in Moretonhampstead.
Manorial material in photocopied form
- Buff folder marked 'Hambledon Archive: warrants to appear at court'
- Buff folder marked 'Hambledon Archive: court rolls 1734, 1744, 1754-59, 1759-67, 1770-83'
- Buff folder marked 'Hambledon Archive: presentments 1637-1659 and 1736-1749'
Box Seven: Family research files and material relating to buses
Family research files
- Large black ring binder including notes on the following families in alphabetical order: Adams, Aggett (3 sections), Ballamy, Bidder, Bonker, Clack, Cann, Collins, Cornish, Crump, Cumming, Darke, Dingle, Dunsford, Edgecombe, Endacott, Hamlin, Heale (3 sections), Hill, Hutchings, Jackson, Langdon, Loney, Meeres, Neck, Parker (3 sections), Powlesland, Priston, Rihll, Sampson, Sibley, Smale (4 sections, 2 being Smale-Greenslade), Soper, Stanfield, Tallboys, Treen, Tucker, Yolland.
- Ringbinder of notes rel. to Hambledon estate
- File entitled: the family and descendants of John Neck [old system file no. 93]
- Two comb-bound files entitled: the family and descendants of John Neck [old system files no. 91-92]
- Green folder marked 'Neck/McMaster'
- Envelope of papers re: family reconstitutions
- Folder marked 'Searle file'
- Envelope marked 'Meacombe' [old system files no. 031]
- Blue folder marked 'Families' [old system files no. 029]
- Yellow folder marked 'Genealogy'
- Envelope marked 'Heather Peek'
- Envelope marked 'Lightfoot family' [old system files no. 039]
- Green folder marked 'Treleaven-Orme family' [old system files no. 037]
- Envelope marked 'spare pages from file 97' [old system files no. 039]
- Green folder marked 'England, Coldridge, Frost also Dicker'
- Envelope referring to Neck family in Pethybridge pedigree
- Envelope marked 'William Rihll and family' [old system files no. 101]
- Buff folder of material rel. to the Manor House and Smith family
- Blue folder of Southmayd corresp [old system files no. 045]
- Blue folder of notes rel. to the Bowring family, esp. Edward and TB Bowring
- Roll of copies of maps and docuemnts relating to the murder of Jonathan May. (Former ref. file no. 164.)
- Shoe box containing original material relating to the buses
Box Eight: Rare and small-press books of particular local interest to the history of Moretonhampstead and environs
- George Friend, Memories of Moretonhampstead
- EF Clark, George Parker Bidder, the Calculating Boy
- Richard S Lambert, The Innocence of Edmund Galley
- RO Hughes, Sparrowhawk, the Story of Moretonhampstead
- GWG Hughes, 'Moretonhampstead', offprint from The Transactions of the Devonshire Association, vol. 86 (1954) [two copies]
- MA Simkins and RJ Simkins, 'Lord Hambledon and Moretonhampstead', offprint from The Transactions of the Devonshire Association, vol. 123 (1991)
- William Russell Raiford, The History of the Raiford Family
- Todd Gray (ed.), Devon Documents (1996), which includes Susan Laithwaite (ed.), 'A Dutch Officer in Moretonhamsptead, c. 1807', on pp. 116-9.
- RJJ Simkins, Moretonhampstead Town Trails (amended copy, 1996)
- [See also Box 2 for 1850 original of GP Bidder's Examples of Mental Calculation]
- [See also Box 3 for S. Treleaven's copies of (1) The Trial of Edmund Galley, alias Turpin, and Thomas Oliver and Buckingham Joe... at the Devon Lammas Assizes on the 28 July 1836 for the Murder of Mr Jonathan May; and (2) Execution of Thomas Oliver and Buckingham Joe on Friday 12th 1836 for the murder of Mr Jonathan May as reported in the Exeter Flying Post
- 'The Official Guide to Moretonhampstead, Gateway to the Moor' circa 1966 (price one shilling). [NB This item was donated by Chris Pilkington in 2007].
Pamphlets relating to other places
- Judith Cosford 1494 & All That [Chagford Stannary]
- Personal Name Index of Dartmoor Region Traders etc, two parts: i. artists to farmers, ii. farriers to worsted spinners [compiled from White's 1850 Directory of Devon]
- Patrick Palgrave-Moore, Understanding the History and Records of Nonconformity
- The Civil War Skirmish at Bovey Tracey
- Microfiche of Pigot's 1830 Directory for Devonshire
- Clement Marten, The Devonshire Dialect, including a dialect dictionary
- The Homeland Guide to Dartmoor
- Pre-1754 Marriage Index for Drewsteignton, transcribed by Mike Brown
- Pre-1754 Marriage Index for North Bovey and Manaton, transcribed by Mike Brown
- Pre-1754 Marriage Index for Lustleigh, transcribed by Mike Brown
Box Nine: Miscellaneous material, previously held at the Colliers' house, amalgamated with the rest of the collection in 2007
- Photo album compiled by Peter Collier, 2000s, showing views of and around Moreton, and photos of himself and the railways exhibition held in Moreton
- Two boxes of photographs, some very old, some original others and copies, mostly assembled for use in George Friend's book, Memories of Moretonhampstead
- Gavel and hammer
- Billiards trophy (silver)
- Oral history collection, including videos and tapes
- Odd artefacts dug up in and around Moreton
Box Ten: Tin box (black) of material previously at the Colliers' house, amalgamated with the rest of the collection in 2007
- A box of material donated by George Friend in May 2000 (separately listed)
- Parish magazines, 1980s-90s
- Moreton Local Committee for War Savings 1917-19, 1938-1940s
- Farmers' weekly account book 1907
- Electoral rolls 1960-65 (old file no. 170)
- File of copies of parish minutes 1892-1996
- Original copies of newspapers (Daily Telegraph, Western Morning News, etc) 1915-57
- Bowring Library Club records,
- Account book, 1902-28
- Minute books (3), 1902-48
Box Eleven: Family Research Files, donated in 2007
Contains files of notes relating to the following families:
- Germon/Jermon (two files)
- Germon and Peters
- Gray, Hayward, Wills
- Cuming, Wills
Box Twelve: Unsorted material from Peter Collier's house, donated by Ruby Collier, 2007
- Large box with many transcripts of property deeds
- Transcripts of parish records
- Separate plastic basket with more unsorted files
Other Items Belonging to the Society (no box numbers):
- Small plaster bust of George Parker Bidder (Note: on 7 August 2007 this was in box eight.)
- Large artists' portfolio of Moretonhampstead maps, including
- 7 x 6" OS maps marked to show the North Bovey & Moretonhampstead estate
- A B&W A3 photocopy of the Jonathan May murder map
- Two mounted extracts describing the murder of Jonathan May
- Two B&W large prints of Moretonians - who?
- Five mounted displays rel to Ann Brown, Bowrings, the graveyard, Treleaven
- Copy of gas works plan
- Large (A0) Moretonhampstead parish map with symbols
- Large (A0) Moretonhampstead parish map without symbols
- Composite map of the parish made out of four 6" OS maps
- Plan of town showing sewers and water mains.
- Copy of 25" map showing Pinmoor and Northmoor
- Two plans of the playing fields and spectator shelter
- Plan of Stoke House, Stoke Fleming
- Loveys poster advertising sale of two semi-detached properties in Moreton, 1920
- Reproduction of the Jonathan May murder map
- Portrait print of G. P. Bidder, from Drs Simkins' household. Donated by his family, 2007.
- Small artists' portfolio of copies of Moretonhampstead documents, including
- Photocopies of entries in the Charter Rolls relating to Moretonhampstead charters [old system file no. 112]
- Laser prints of kneelers in the church
- Photocopies of maps and some deeds
- Photocopies used for exhibition of GP Bidder
- Small document tube, labelled R02, containing documents relating to the water supply protest [old system file no. 165]
- Small document tube labelled R05 [old system file no. 168], containing Photocopy of will of Thomas Aggett, 1873, and photocopy of conveyance by T Aggett to congregational chapel 1869
- Framed Lithotint print of Moretonhampstead Church, after Spreat. Exeter 1842.
- Framed aerial photograph of Lime Street
- Framed watercolour drawing of the interior of St Andrews Church, Moreton, by the late Chairman, Dr Bob Simkins, donated by his family, 2007.
- Small but heavy cannon (this is currently still with the Chairman, Dr Ian Mortimer, as of 7 August 2007). The label which came with this reads as follows: 'MODEL OF 80 TON GUN PRESENTED BY THE LATE DR E. G. ENGELBACH TO THE INSTITUTE JULY 1890; PRESENTED BY THE INSTITUTE TO THE BOWRING LIBRARY MARCH 1902'
- Material in Edward Hobson's office, including railway model and filing cabinet
- Some photographs are still with Edward and Sylvia Pike.