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Visitor's Historic Britain: South Devon (ePub)

Stone Age to Cold War

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Cold War P&S History > Social History World History

By Derek Tait
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Visitors' Historic Britain
File Size: 9.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 136
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781526704177
Published: 2nd May 2018


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South Devon is steeped in history from prehistoric settlements, standing stones and Roman occupation, to the sites of Civil War battles and the various departure points of troops leaving for D-Day during the Second World War.

Woolly rhinoceroses and woolly mammoths, as well as prehistoric deer and lion once roamed the area now known as Plymouth, while at Sidmouth, on the Jurassic coast, jaw bones and teeth from carnivorous reptiles that pre-date the dinosaurs have been discovered.

During its diverse history, Sir Francis Drake played bowls on the Hoe as the Armada arrived, the Pilgrim Fathers left from the Barbican in Plymouth and headed to the new world in America and prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars lived freely with the residents of Ashburton. Famous residents have included Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy , Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Nancy Astor and Agatha Christie.

The area is home to the notorious Dartmoor prison, as well as home to well-known institutions such as Buckfast Abbey and Dartmouth Royal Naval College.

This book covers a period from prehistoric times, and the earliest discovery of human remains in the UK, to the numerous conflicts and battles that have taken place in the area, as well as discussing the many people who have influenced South Devon over the years.

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 Derek Tait

About Derek Tait

Derek Tait is a full-time author who lives in Plymouth. Born in 1961, he lived his early years in Singapore and Malaysia and has written several books about his time there, including 'Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans'. A former photographer and cartoonist, his work has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world. A keen historian, his books include '1950s Childhood,' 'A 1970s Childhood,' 'Butlins An Illustrated History' and 'Houdini the British Tours' as well as many books in the 'Through Time' series for Amberley Publishing.He has also written many local history books including 'Plymouth,' 'Plymouth at War,' 'Saltash Passage,' 'St Budeaux,' 'Plymouth Hoe,' 'Mount Edgcumbe,' 'Saltash,' 'Memories of St Budeaux,' 'Plymouth Tales From the Past' and 'Images of Plymouth.

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