Top of the Christmas Wish List

Forget the new iPhone X, the must-have new product for 2018 is now available to purchase – the Salcombe History Society Calendar 2018!

The all-new 2018 calendar makes an ideal Christmas gift. Printed on high quality glossy paper, every month features 3 beautiful, large images of Salcombe through the ages.

Priced just £5, it is available here or from various outlets in the area including The Harbour Bookshop and Tourist Information Centre in Kingsbridge, Malborough Post Office, or in Salcombe Bonningtons, Spar, Salcombe Tourist Information Centre, Cranch’s and Salcombe Over 60s centre. Please order now if you would like it to be delivered to an overseas address in time for Christmas.

Virtual Museum Reaches Out to East Allington

As a result of the high level of interest shown at the Steam Rally, an open morning was held on the morning of September 11th at East Allington Village Hall. The meeting was co-ordinated by East Allington resident Julie Higgin and attended by Society chairman Ken Prowse, who took along various old property details relating to the area, and a dozen or so local residents who brought along a variety of fascinating items including photographs, posters, booklets, rent books and maps. Other interested parties were unable to attend so another meeting will be organised so if you have any interesting items to share or a connection (past or present) with East Allington, please keep a look out for further details.

SHS Puts On a Good Show

Chairman Ken Prowse represented Salcombe History Society at the South Hams Vintage Steam Rally in August and at Kingsbridge Show in September. Luckily the weather was fair, resulting in a pleasing amount of visitors at the shows and a good level of interest in the work of the Society. The Society’s grateful thanks go to Richard Weymouth, Geoff Foale, Faye Pannell and Jackie Jardine for their assistance with setting up and manning the stall.

Ken Prowse proudly holding the 2018 Salcombe History Society calendar at Kingsbridge Show

Ken Prowse and Richard Weymouth selling calendars at Kingsbridge Show

The Society’s stand at the Steam Rally

Richard Weymouth speaking with interested visitors to the Steam Rally

SHS General Meeting: Smuggling in Devon


Over fifty people attended Salcombe History Society’s last general meeting, held on 21st June 2017 at Salcombe Rugby Club. Members were treated to an interesting talk by author Robert Hesketh on smuggling in the Devon, during which he revealed that most inhabitants of coastal communities were involved in some way and here in the South Hams, the tower of Thurlestone Church was used to store smuggled spirits.

The new Salcombe History Society advertising banner was also revealed, modelled here by Chairman Ken Prowse.