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A new artcile by David Allanch can be found under the HISTORY TAB, "The Lawn and Tucks Plot - constant but changing." June 2022
Notes and Queries - do you know more? Updated 2 February 2022
A day at the races in Dawlish? - David Allanach presents the history in an article "Dawlish Races".
Notes and Queries
Item of interest: May 2022.
The popular pleasure boat My Queen which offered trips around the bay from the Dawlish breakwater in the summer has sunk at her mooring at Starcross. She had a long history being built in 1929 at Wivenhoe in Essex. She was originally named Gondolier Queen. In 1940 the Navy requisitioned her and she was used in the Dunkirk evacuation. She operated in Southend and on the Thames before being brought to Dartmouth and latterly used at Starcross and Dawlish. The pictures show her in her glory at Dawlish and her current sorry condition.
For summer 2022 it is expected that the Princess Marina will offer boat trips from Dawlish although this might also depend on Network Rail sea front works finishing on time.
Item of interest: February 2022 - In the 1890s 12 young horse chestnut trees were planted on the north side of the Lawn. After one was recently cut down only two of the original trees remain. The photo taken about 1865 shows that there were no trees on the Lawn but by 1875 shrubs abound. In 1904 three of the new horse chestnut trees can be seen in the foreground with the new bandstand and St Marks church in the background.
Item of interest: December 2021 - the old Coast Guard hut lives on as an impression in concrete and thanks to David Allanach a recently unearthed granite top of the 1846 colonnade will be saved and re-used somewhere on the new wall.
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.