Salcombe History Society

Discover the history of the Devonshire town of Salcombe …

Salcombe History Society

Once a notorious haunt of pirates and smugglers, the small port of Salcombe became famous in the 1800s for its clipper fruit schooners. When competition from steamships led to the end of wooden shipbuilding in the 1880s the town began its transition into the yachting and tourist centre it is today. Join us on a journey to discover the history of the Devonshire town of Salcombe through its past.

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We are always keen to add materials to our archive: oral history, photos, holiday snaps, cine film, video history, old pictures, leaflets, deeds, maps, letters, parish records, census, guide books and programmes, family trees, ephemera – in fact anything that relates to Salcombe’s past.  Please share it with us and the wider world.


Watch some interesting videos that we’ve made, including, Salcombe Stories and More Salcombe Stories, which feature some older Salcombe residents, some sadly not still with is, talking of how life in Salcombe used to be, they can be found here

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