Ipplepen History

Ipplepen Village Pump

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

Ipplepen Village Parish History

IPPLEPEN is a medium size village built on a limestone

Ipplepen World War two – VE day Celebrations

VE Day Celebrations Numerous commemorative activities had been planned across

Ipplepen Prison (Lock-Up)

Ipplepen had a small Lock-up (prison) that operated between 1800-1899.

Italian Garden at Great Ambrook

Exploring the Italian Garden
 The garden that was designed and

Roman settlement in Ipplepen

In 2010 the University of Exeter, the British Museum and

Ipplepen History Group News

Thursday 04th August 2022

August Newsletter 2022


The carnival has always been an opportunity for everyone to let their hair down a bit and have some fun. It’s about dressing up and being prepared to make a fool of yourself and bringing everyone together to enjoy the summer season. The pictures here date from the 1948 Carnival and in that post war period with continuing rationing everyone jumped at the opportunity to enter the spirit of the occasion.As another point of contrast, I checked one of our old magazines and found an account of the 1992 carnival. The events for that included an Egg Throwing Competition, a Drama evening provided by the Ipplepen Amateur Dramatic Society, a Scout Fun Run, and a service at the end of the week in St.  Andrew’s ❯ VIEW ARTICLE

Thursday 04th August 2022

July Newsletter 2022


We would like to invite everyone to our AGM on MONDAY JULY 25th at the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. New members are particularly welcome and if you would like to become more involved in our activities this evening provides an opportunity. Once the business of the evening is complete, we are delighted to welcome Jon Bell from the Exeter Redcoats to share some of his experiences as a tour guide.

The Redcoats are all volunteers and are known for their breadth of knowledge, good humour, and enthusiasm. All the Redcoats undergo five months of training before being awarded their distinctive red jackets. Tours last around ninety minutes covering a number of themes including: – Forgotten Exeter, Medieval Exeter, Tudor Exeter, Ghosts and Legends of the City and Georgian Exeter. Jon is a very entertaining speaker, and you


Thursday 04th August 2022

June Newsletter 2022

Professor Stephen Rippon

In May the Local History Group was delighted to welcome back Professor Stephen Rippon. In front of a packed audience Professor Rippon provided an update on the current state of play regarding the Ipplepen Archaeological Dig. The dig which ended in 2020 received national coverage and some of the findings seem set to permanently alter our perception of the Roman occupation of the southwest. Many of us in the audience had followed the course of what became an annual dig from 2012 to 2020 participating in the actual excavation or cleaning and cataloguing the findings in the Hub or simply attending the Open days.

The excavation of the site showed that it had been permanently occupied from Neolithic times running through to the early medieval period. This is effectively a time span of 1500 years. It seems that the site occupied a posit


Monday 13th June 2022

May Newsletter 2022

Coffee Morning
Many thanks to all of you who turned up to our coffee morning in March. It was lovely to see so many of you. We are often required to work in isolation cataloguing the documents in our archive and the photographs on our website, but we do maintain a strong presence on social media and appreciate all the feedback that we receive.
The coffee morning provided an opportunity to meet with friends, both old and new, and to share our enthusiasm for this priceless archive that we have. The money raised will go to replenishing the specialist storage boxes required for storing documents, and to update our website. We were so pleased with the response that we plan to make it an annual event.

Professor Stephen Rippon
Elsewhere in the magazine you will see an advert for Professor Stephen Rippon’s talk at the Village Hall on Monday May 9th. I know that many


Saturday 02nd April 2022

April Newsletter 2022

Talks: At the end of February, we were treated to an excellent talk by Alex Graeme from Devon Unique Tours. The event was well attended, and Alex provided a good-humoured and informative guide to the background of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. It helps when you have an Ipplepen link and the Ipplepen link was the name Baskerville.
Henry Baskerville was born in 1871 and lived variously in Ipplepen at Smerdons Lane (Croft Road), Credefords, and Wesley Cottages. In 1886 Joseph Robinson employed Henry Baskerville at Park Hill House as a domestic servant. By 1891 he was a coachman and later became Head Coachman with an assistant to help him. In May 1901 Henry collected Arthur Conan Doyle from Newton Abbot Railway Station. He later drove the author and his friend, Bertram Fletcher Robinson, across the moors to research the developing story.


Saturday 26th March 2022

March Newsletter 2022

The Evergreens
Recently we received the minutes and records of another one of Ipplepen’s most loved organisations. The inaugural meeting of the club that came to be known as the Evergreens was held in the Church Hall on August 26th, 1952, thanks to community donations of £1 19s 4d. The club ran for another 69 years before final disbanding in 2021. It is not the only club in Ipplepen to have disbanded in this time. I can think of the Good Companions and the Ramblers and there must have been others over the years. Lest we become too down beat about this we should, at the same time, acknowledge that other clubs like the Gardening Club and the Film Club have stablished themselves since and there are plenty of organisations like the Carnival Club, the Cottage Garden Society and the Drama Club which continue to thrive. Many other long-term residents can also point to the transforma


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