Ipplepen History

Roman settlement in Ipplepen

In 2010 the University of Exeter, the British Museum and

Italian Garden at Great Ambrook

Exploring the Italian Garden
 The garden that was designed and

Ipplepen Village Pump

Village pump. Date 1868. Cast iron. Octagonal casing with plain

Ipplepen World War two – VE day Celebrations

VE Day Celebrations Numerous commemorative activities had been planned across

Ipplepen History Group News

Saturday 10th July 2021

July 2021


We normally combine our AGM with a talk from our visiting speaker. However, we have not had normal for some time and like every other organisation in the village planning ahead is fraught with difficulty.

We have booked the Village Hall for MONDAY JULY 19th at 7.30pm. At the time of writing, with the magazine deadline in mind, it is not clear how long the lockdown restrictions will last. It could be that Monday July 19th is the very first day of the end of lockdown. All we can do here is to give you notification of our planned talk.


Colin has spoken to us before. He is a lively and enthusiastic presenter who makes good use of visual displays.

He will be talking about the Devon Marble Industry of the nineteenth century with,


Monday 17th May 2021

June 2021 Newsletter

Beating the Bounds
This is the fourth and final part of our route round the compass points of our parish boundary. We started with Red Post in the South which borders on Totnes and then, to the west, Ambrook bordering on Broadhempston and in last month’s edition at the northern tip and bordering on Denbury we had Dornafield. So, by process of elimination, we have reached the east bordering on Marldon and there we have Bickley Mill and Bulleigh Barton.

Bulleigh Barton
On the Beating the Bounds route we often stop in the Bickley Mill car park for refreshments. Sustenance is needed at this stage because not long afterwards we are climbing the steep Moretons Hill which giv


Monday 12th April 2021

May 2021 Newsletter

Beating the Bounds 3
This is the third stage of our tour of the outer limits of our parish boundaries. So far, we have been to the south at Red Post and to the west at Ambrook. This month it is the turn of Dornafield in the north.

We know Dornafield as a welcome break for refreshments on our long trek and as we pass through the impressive old archway and pause to take photographs, we can see that this is a building of great antiquity.
Dornafield is old but it does not appear in the Domesday Book. It is first referenced in the Assize rolls of 1238 when Roger de Dornefeld is in possession and nigh on a hundred years later in 1332 when the Devonshire lay subsidy states that a Robert


Friday 12th March 2021

April 2021 Newsletter

Beating the Bounds
Continuing the theme of picking out places on the outer fringe of our parish boundaries I will go west this month to focus on Ambrook. On our Beating the Bounds route we venture quite close to Ambrook House and below we have a picture of villagers gathering in the Square for the 1950 Beating the Bounds For many of us now Ambrook House is associated with the Italian Gardens which many in the village have had the good fortune to visit. Fascinating as they are you will not be surprised to hear that there is a long history attached to Ambrook.

The last Lords of the Manor were the Peters family. In 1655 the title of Lord of the Manor was sold off to Sir John Peters. By 1673 we learn that Sir John had sold off the manor lands and the title of Lord of the Manor was no longer used.
Ambrook – a Medieval manor
The first record we have of Ambrook dat


Friday 12th February 2021

March 2021 Newsletter

Beating the Bounds
The tradition of Beating the Bounds stems from a time when people prayed for a blessing on their crops. The period before Ascension Day (the 5th Thursday after Easter) called ‘Rogation’ involved an annual procession or ’perambulation’ around the parish boundary. In the days before good maps, it reminded everybody where the boundaries were.
As in most parts of the country the custom fell into disuse in Ipplepen, but it was revived in 1910 and thereafter in 1950, 1971, 1994, 2000, 2008 and 2015. A great deal of organisation is required but it is one of those events where people of all ages join in. The tradition included beating the boundary marks with willow wands, but the twentieth century version saw young boys of the village playfully ‘beaten’ or ducked in streams and ponds.


Saturday 30th January 2021

February 2021 Newsletter


It will come as no surprise to anyone but again we are required to report that an event has had to be cancelled. We had booked Alex Graeme for a talk at the Village hall on Monday February 22nd on the subject of the ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. Clearly this cannot go ahead but we do plan to rearrange this talk for another time. Our next talk and AGM are not till July – surely by then but nothing can be guaranteed.


Had you been looking at this image below right from Torbay this time last year in February 2020 it would have seemed like a slice of ancient history. Now it seems all too familiar. At one point Spanish Flu in Torbay claimed 100 lives in one fortnight in Paignton. Unlike COVID-19 Spanish Flu was worse among young people and in the Torbay area women seemed to be more susce


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