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...... NEW publication, October 2019, Dawlish and the Railway 1901 to Today....The next meeting is on Tuesday November 5th, 2-30pm at the Manor, Dawlish: "The Victorian Garden" by Suzanne Jones......October 2019 Newsleter now available.......New members and visitors are always welcome........

Welcome to the Dawlish Local History Group website. We are a well-established group of Dawlish residents who share an interest in all aspects of local history. This site is one of the best places for information on the history of Dawlish – please explore it.

We offer opportunities to discover and reflect on what life was like for residents and visitors to the local area in times past. This can be interesting and intriguing, and knowledge of the history of a place can provide a better understanding of the way it is now.

Details of the graves at the Church of St Gregory the Great in Dawlish have been made available and include the name, date, inscription and plot number, as well as a map of the graveyard.Click here to view.


How to join. New members are always welcome. You can come along to one of our meetings to get to know us and what we can offer. There is a charge of £2 per meeting for non members but the annual membership is only £10. Alternatively please fill in a membership form - you can download the "membershipform.pdf" form by clicking here. The form and a cheque should be sent to the Treasurer whose address is on the membership form. You can also join our Facebook Group.

Talks and Presentations
We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Talks take place at the Manor House at 2.30pm, and are chosen to be both informative and entertaining. The subjects are wide ranging from the very local to Devon-wide and beyond. Recent examples include ‘Old Shops of Exeter’, ‘Christmas in Devon’, ‘Dawlish Pier - why there isn’t one’, and ‘The Jurassic Coast’. We also plan to hold occasional evening meetings.

In May, July and September friendly outings are arranged to places of historical interest. Among the places we have been in the last few years are Torre Abbey, Topsham, Exeter Cathedral Library, Haccombe Church, and the Kelly Mine.


In 2015 and 2016 members of Dawlish Local History Group and Dawlish Museum worked together to present a free History Open Day event for the local community, with financial support from Dawlish Town Council. For 2017 we are hoping to present an open day event on a specific historical theme. In addition members will sometimes lead a guided heritage walk in the local area. Two self guided walks around Dawlish, which include the historical detail for many of the buildings in the town, can be found under MAPS


Research and Publications
The group undertakes research on the history of Dawlish and district, both as a result of enquiries received, and on subjects which interest individual members. To help with this research we maintain an archive of historical information collected by members over the past 20+ years, and we have close contacts with Dawlish Museum.
As a result of this research the Group has published over 30 booklets on a wide range of Dawlish subjects, and more are planned. They cover houses, notable residents, industry, shops, education, tourism, Dawlish Warren, the railway, and even Dawlish’s famous black swans.

This website has a full list of available publications. and there is a list of the subject titles in the list of the subject titles in the Archive