Just after Bishopsteignton Heritage opened its doors to visitors at the HUB in the Community Centre, we were visited by a gentleman who, it turned out, had been evacuated to the village in 1941. His name is John Hope, and he was the nephew of Phyllis Blogg.
Phyllis Blogg’s husband, Harold Eric Blogg was the brother of John’s mother Kathleen Winifred Hope (nee Blogg). Percy Alfred Hamilton Hope was her husband, John’s father. John was evacuated to Bishopsteignton along with his mother, his brother Geoffrey and his grandmother; he was three years old at the time, Geoffrey a little older. They lived at first with Phyllis and her boys at Cross Gate. Later they moved to a house in Fore St. At some point their father joined them at Cross Gate, as these photographs portray.
John later sent these photographs to be kept in the archive. They show various aspects of the village during the early 1940s.
Geoffrey was not a well child, he suffered from a cleft palate and unfortunately died in a Devon hospital in 1945. It was lovely to meet John and to help him remember what was obviously a happy time in the village.
Other stories relating to Bishopsteignton evacuees include:
All efforts have been made to ascertain that the information in this article is correct. Most of it is taken from material in the Bishopsteignton Heritage archive, and some from personal recollection. If you spot any errors or have any further information on any of these evacuees and their families and descendants, or know of any others that came to the village, please do comment below or let us know by email.