Salcombe History Society

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Newsletter – Issue 19 – December 2021

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Chairman Ken Prowse and all the Committee members would like to wish Members of Salcombe History Society a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Due to Covid restrictions, we have suspended public meetings and the outside events we previously attended but hope to resume normal activities as soon as we judge it to be safe for people to attend such meetings.

The Committee has continued to work from home on Salcombe History Society matters such as collecting and processing data in a digital format which we hope to be able to display to Members as soon as possible.

Explore our Website:

  • Extensive Photographic Gallery showing historic images of local Beaches & Coves, Estuary & Harbour Views, Towns & Villages.
  • Geneology Search Function for local families.
  • Information about other South Hams history groups.

Not a Member?

For only £6 per year you can become a Member of Salcombe History Society. Visit our Membership page:

Thurlestone: The Great Blizzard of 1891

From Monday 9th to Friday 13th March 1891, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset were hit by a terrible storm. Over 200 people died, many ships foundered, snowdrifts were five metres deep. “… no such storm had visited the West Country within remembrance.” The Times, March 1891.

Malborough: Water Carrier

Before water supply systems were installed in the UK, water carriers collected water from wells, water pumps, streams and rivers and delivered water in containers, such as the buckets in this photo, to people’s homes. In many parts of the world where people do not have access to clean water, water carriers are still used.