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Westcountry History Courses
I attained a diploma from the University of Exeter in historicaI studies with a regional slant. I plan to offer courses & am currently taking the names of those interested in specific subjects from the list below.
Expanding my understanding of the history of the area is an ongoing thing but I am enthused by the concept of sharing knowledge & am sure I'll learn from other history lovers in the process. If there are other subjects that may be of special interest then please let me know. The courses will consist of a mixture of theory and fieldwork.
Reading Between The Lines – a study of the North Devon Landscape & the population who shaped developments.
Maritime History – An opportunity to rediscover the importance of North Devon in 'the age of sail'.
North Devon, A cultural Haven. I would like to explore writings of Charles Kingsley, Henry Williamson & the Rev. R.S. Hawker & others whose works were influenced greatly by this area, placing their literary creations within a regional & national context/framework.
Tapely Park from Appledore
Dissolution Devon. An exploration of how the actions of Henry VIII affected the buildings & lives of the inhabitants of North Devon; to include a visit to our own ruined priory at Frithelstock & the 'Mother' house of Hartland Abbey. .
For king or country. An investigation into the causes & effects of The English Civil War upon the nation & more specifically the South West Region.
Stone by Stone. A study of Westcountry buildings, secular & ecclesiastical & how their position, size, & style represent wider architectural trends & the status of their inhabitants.
Devon at War. Examining the effects of war in the Westcountry. Land girls, evacuees, the bombings, strategic importance, as a training ground, G.I.s
Garden history. Investigating how the original garden, once essential for growing foodstuffs & medicinal herbs transformed into an aesthetically pleasing recreational facility. Country house gardens often demonstrated an amalgamation of styles & designs, witnessed by participants of The Grand Tour, ideas which in turn were copied in more humble domestic gardens.