Ipplepen History

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

Roman settlement in Ipplepen

In 2010 the University of Exeter, the British Museum and

Ipplepen World War two – VE day Celebrations

VE Day Celebrations Numerous commemorative activities had been planned across

Ipplepen History Group News

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


Saturday 30th January 2021

January 2021 Newsletter


As many of you will recall we pulled out all the stops last year to put on a variation of our Lanterns parade. We were overwhelmed by your response and the range and creativity of the displays have provided us with plenty of food for thought for this year’s event. Just to recap prizes were awarded as follows.

First prize in the Garden Displays went to the Lawrance family for Amelia Earhart’s plane, second prize to the Andrews family for Dragon Training and third place was awarded to the Mundy family for Loch Doon Nessie. Highly commended went to the Moon Shot.

In the newly created Windows section, the first prize went to the Roberts Family for Monsters at Mountfield. In second place was Kirsty at White Cottage for her Black Cats and in third came the Saunders family for their Saunders surprise. Highly


Monday 30th November 2020

December 2020 Newsletter


For their Local History project this year pupils from all classes produced work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ipplepen Primary school moving to its present site on Biltor Road. We were fortunate to be given a zoom presentation of this work by all the classes with representatives explaining what they had learnt about the changes from 1970 to the present day. It was clear that the 1970s seemed a long time ago to our current pupils. Some of the best presentations showed good historical skills showing how the classrooms and teaching styles had changed but also pointing out areas of similarity like sports days and Christmas fairs.

Year 6 students, Amos, Freddy and Oliver, who did a joint piece of writing, were the overall winners of the 2020 award.


Monday 30th November 2020

November 2020 Newsletter


In the poster elsewhere in the magazine you can read about our plans for the 10th Annual Ipplepen Lanterns Festival on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th. Of course this year is set to be different, but we hope just as enjoyable.

Please join in by creating your own hand-held lantern and enjoy a walk (obeying social distancing) round the village admiring the pre-Christmas colour and sparkle. Even without a lantern you can share in this community occasion by decorating your garden with lights or go one further and have your own display. Everyone is invited to take a stroll round to appreciate the creativity for which Ipplepen is renowned.

Those of you who wish to create a garden installation will need to fill in an entry form. To enter your hand-held lantern photo please uploa


Monday 30th November 2020

October 2020 Newsletter



We can start preparing now for our ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel’ celebration on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th. You can add some brightness and sparkle to the village by illuminating Ipplepen with garden installations, lights, and decorations. It will be our winter equivalent of the Stall Crawl with people walking round the village, ideally with their own smaller lanterns and obeying social distancing, to see the larger lanterns or displays in the gardens around the village (maps supplied).

Although we will not be able to have lantern-making sessions at the Hub Judy Dewhirst can supply easy to follow kits with everything you need for a simple lantern to carry around with you. She will be delighted to supply larger quantities and advice for those of you getting a bit more ambitio


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