South Hams Curiosities – September



September 14th 1974

The South Devon coast path was officially opened.

September 17th 1633

Licences were granted to Walter Gest to teach grammar at West Alvington, John Francis to teach arithmetic and writing at Dartmouth and Richard Lovett to teach English language and writing at Townstall.

September 19th 1559

Five Salcombe men were lost at sea.

September 25th 1871

Three inches of rain fell in Kingsbridge.

September 28th 1581

Henry Mugg, pirate, was hanged in chains on Start Point.

Taken from Todd Gray's 'The Devon Almanac'.

South Hams Curiosities – August


August 8th 1881

A two-oared race (for women only) at the Totnes & Bridgetown Regatta was won by The Comet of the Kingsbridge Rowing Club.

August 17th 1820

Diana beat Gypsy and Black Sally in the Salcombe and Sidmouth Races.

August 28th 1976

The last day of five weeks of unbroken sunny weather.

Taken from Todd Gray's 'The Devon Almanac'.

South Hams Curiosities – July


July 11th 1771

James Cook was off Start Point in the Endeavour returning from Tahiti.

July 16th 1590

Richard Ferris, continuing his voyage in a wherry around the South West, left Ilton Castle near Salcombe and sailed to Plymouth where he had ‘great entertainment’ on a naval ship.

July 16th 1622

Dodbrooke’s rector claimed he was slandered by John Maskell calling him a knave , an arrant knave, a very knave, a dissembling knave and a ’sh*t-breech knave’.

July 20th 1852

Paignton won a cricket match against South Devon.

Taken from Todd Gray's 'The Devon Almanac'.

South Hams Curiosities – June


June 6th 1944

D-Day. As part of Operation Overlord, Plymouth Command worked with the American forces who left from Brixham, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Salcombe and Torquay for Utah Beach.

June 11th 1827

It was reported that the Horticultural Society of London gave the Banksian Medal to the owner of Combe Royal near Kingsbridge for his orange, lemon and citron specimens.

June 22nd 1822

A thunderstorm swept through South Devon.

June 22nd 1828

Lightning struck Kingsbridge church.

Taken from Todd Gray's 'The Devon Almanac'.