The World of Broadhembury Exhibition
July 15th and 16th – 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Broadhembury Memorial Hall
Light Refreshments

No Charge – Donations towards parish and local charities will be welcome.

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‘Broadhembury – a Picture of Our Parish’ was the work of over 100 parishioners, past and present. It was published for the Millennium and reprinted with an extra 20 pages in 2003. All 700 or so copies of both editions have been sold.

Much of the information in it can never be replaced and yet will be of interest to anyone with local or parish connections or an interest in country life.

  • Maps – showing field names and the farms and their owners.
  • Changes in land-use from 1841 to 2003.
  • Photographs and memories of people and events from well-over 100 years, leading to Millennium celebrations and dawn 2,000.
  • Actual documents – Sale maps and Schedules of the great sale of Grange in 1903 and Dulford House in 1891 and 1930.
  • The Parish Reference Book of 1878 and the Tithe map and Schedule of 1841.
  • Parish magazines from 1892 – these introduce people who came before us in Broadhembury and, for older residents, brought a stream of memories which we can enjoy.
  • Details of Trades and Occupations from the mid-1800s on.
  • School and Events’ photos from 100 years ago and more recently, as well as a selection from Roy Simmons Broadhembury postcards … and a competition for you to spot the changes!

Many people who gave their memories before 2,000 are no longer with us, but their oral and written contributions remain and will be part of the Exhibition and available to be viewed and enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Broadhembury, past and/or present.

The 6 Bowles brothers shearing at Upcott in the 1950s

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After the Exhibition I hope to pass on as much as possible to the County Record Office and Allhallows Museum, Honiton, both of which have been amazingly helpful and supportive over my 30 or so years of research.

I hope too, to produce a smaller, cheaper version – The World of Broadhembury – to keep the memories alive. It will complement the green booklet already available in the church and be on sale at the Exhibition.

C. M. Dunford

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