The third section of an audio interview with Ken Dawe in February 2020. The interviewer is Yvonne Hellin Hobbs and the other voice in the room is Rhoda Nevins, who now lives at Whidbourne Manor, formerly Ashill Farmhouse.
The second section of an audio interview with Ken Dawe in February 2020. The interviewer is Yvonne Hellin Hobbs and the other voice in the room is Rhoda Nevins, who now lives at Whidbourne Manor, formerly Ashill Farmhouse.
This month’s offering from Bishopsteignton Heritage is the first section of an audio interview , undertaken earlier this year, with Ken Dawe of Ashill Farm and The Old Walls Vineyard. In this section Ken talks about his childhood in Bishopsteignton and his family history. His grandfather Clifford Wallis, headmaster of the primary school, his own time at the school and the early years of WWII. With the transcription and photographs it is a great piece of village history recorded for posterity. Later in the month two more sections of the interview will be published, covering early farming methods and the cider and wine businesses that the Dawe family built. Later, unique video film of early photographs taken by the family will be published. Watch this space….
The first section of an audio interview with Ken Dawe in February 2020. The interviewer is Yvonne Hellin Hobbs and the other voice in the room is Rhoda Nevins, who now lives at Whidbourne Manor, formerly Ashill Farmhouse.
The latest article to be published his week is one on Dr Rosaleen Cooper, nee Graves.
Dr Cooper was the village GP for many years, but was also a published poet, sister of the war poet Robert Graves, and sister of the artist Clarissa Graves. She came to our attention when Teignmouth Museum offered us a painting that Clarissa did, a view from her sister’s house in Bishopsteignton. She also published a book of games from an Edwardian Childhood in her late years, which was illustrated by her friend and neighbour Brenda Gilpin, whose work we have several examples of in the archive. Do let us know if your have any memories of Dr Cooper, or stories you would like to share.
We still would like your contributions also to our ‘Coming out of Lockdown’ collection so that we can document how the village has coped with the situation and the ramifications going forward.
And lastly, we hope you saw our notification of the Museum Crush; Culture 24 article that was published last week, all about Bishopsteignton Heritage and how it has developed since Molly Coombe left us her legacy all those years ago. Find it here; https://museumcrush.org/the-devon-village-that-made-itself-into-a-museum/
Dr. Rosaleen Cooper was the sister of WWI poet and writer Robert Graves, and lived for many years in Bishopsteignton working as the local GP.
When Nigel Wollen was researching the history of his family in Bishopsteignton he came upon these diaries relating to his ancestors’ childhood holidays in the village.
Here at BH we would like to hear from anyone who would like to contribute to an article about how you or your family or business has dealt with lockdown, and how you are intending to continue as we start to come out of lockdown and things open up again. We want to document current history as it happens in the village. Tell us how you managed with home schooling, and how you feel about your children returning to school. How you managed to get shopping or help with other problems if you have been self isolating. How you have managed to organise your business, used online face-to-face communication or just how you have kept yourself busy and sane during this very strange time. Now that parents and grandparents can start to revisit their families, how have you dealt with social distancing and other prohibitive measures? Please let us know, by email if you can or if not by post to; Bishopsteignton Heritage Hub, Community Centre, Shute Hill, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth TQ14 9QL. We look forward to hearing your stories.
We are also hoping to collect photographs of the shops and businesses in Bishopsteignton throughout the years. If you have any photographs in your collection that include shops, pubs or other businesses, even in the background of another event, please do get in touch. If you can scan them you can email them to us at [email protected]
If not please let us know and we will arrange to collect them at some point. Then we can scan them and return them to you. Like this picture of the Milestone Cafe, no longer there, but where was it?
Here at BH we are looking for photographs of the shops and businesses in the village as they have changed over the years – not just old photographs, but more modern ones too, so that we can chart the changes. If you are rummaging in your attic or on your phone and you have any pictures of our shops, pubs or any other Bishopsteignton business, please do mail them to [email protected].