Ipplepen History

Ipplepen Village Parish History

IPPLEPEN is a medium size village built on a limestone

Ipplepen Prison (Lock-Up)

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

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

Italian Garden at Great Ambrook

Exploring the Italian Garden
 The garden that was designed and

Ipplepen History Group News

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


Monday 24th January 2022

February Newsletter 2022


Alex Graeme
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Alex is the owner and guide at Unique Devon Tours, and he will be explaining the background to one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most loved Sherlock Holmes stories and, at the same time, establishing the Ipplepen connection to the tale. He was born and bred in Devon, and he has a passion for Devon and its countryside. A natural communicator he set up Unique Devon Tours with a view to sharing his passion. His tours cover several themes including Agatha Christie, Family history, the Jurassic Coast, the Dartmoor experience, the Mayflower, Ghosts, Myths and Legends, Food, Drink and Cream Tea an


Thursday 23rd December 2021

January 2022 Newsletter

Back towards the end of last year a group of hardy souls braved the cold on a Saturday evening for the 10th St. Andrew’s Ipplepen Candlelit Procession. There was all the usual colour and music in the streets as magical lanterns depicting dragons, dinosaurs and penguins wove their way through the village. This annual event organised by the Ipplepen Local History Group brings the community together and heralds the start of the Christmas season. With the Christmas tree lit up and support provided by the Ipplepen Carnival Club with mulled wine and mince pies, it was a joyous occasion for a cold winter’s night. As well as the procession villagers entered the spirit of a ‘Window Wanderland’ where creative displays showed themes running from James Bond to Cinderella. If you like the Lanterns event, and I know that t


Sunday 21st November 2021

December 2021 Newsletter

For only our second talk since lockdown we were delighted to host Todd Gray who entertained a well-attended meeting with his take on that famous old Devon folk song – Widecombe Fair.
With a wide range of visual material and a good smattering of actual song, Dr. Gray was able to point out that there were more than fifty versions of the ditty sung across the country. The song was performed long before the most famous version came into prominence. The man who first published the Widecombe lyrics, Sabine Baring-Gould, believed that the ballad had its origins in the eighteenth century. The lyrics which refer to Widecombe Fair became well-known after being published in 1889 but Dr. Gray found out that the lyrics of the song show that it was sung in Feniton in 1867 as well as a parody two years later in Dartmouth.
As Dr. Gray says ‘Widecombe


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