The History Society

The Hatherleigh History Society

Hatherleigh History Society was founded in 1981 when the Town was celebrating one thousand years of recorded history. Its purpose is to research the Town’s history and build up a permanent archive of photographs and documents. Monthly meetings are held with visiting speakers and notes of history as it happens recorded in the minutes of these meetings. In 2013 the Hatherleigh History Society’s members decided to set up this website with additional funding provided by the Hatherleigh Moor Management Committee.

The Rev Norman Hillier who was vicar of Hatherleigh in 1981 was instrumental in establishing the Society and he remained as Chairman until his retirement in 1986.

In the 1980’s various members undertook the officers’ roles   notably Jerome and Jenny Twomey, Monica Charlton, Kathleen Sanders ,Jean Bromwich and David Sylvester.In 1996 Dennis Bater became Chairman and Brian Abell was elected as secretary the latter continuing in that role for nineteen years.

Speakers at the monthly meetings included  such well known names as Craig Rich from BBC Spotlight, the late  Tony Beard the wag of Widecombe,Dr Todd Gray and Dr Tom Greeves  the current president  of the Devonshire Association. Many other local speakers have contributed to our knowledge of the history of Hatherleigh and our area of North Devon.

Visits to places of interest in the area have been organised each year and increased our knowledge of the county and its historic buildings.As has been said ‘ History as it Happens’ is recorded each month and the  minute books give an ongoing account of events as they have happened in the Town. The Society has collected many records, photographs and documents relating to Hatherleigh and it is hoped many of these will be put on the web site.

A number of exhibitions have been staged when archive material has been displayed and groups of members have researched various subjects such as the field names project of 2005 and recording the many shops and places of work that existed in the Town in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

The Society  meets on the second Monday in the month in Old Schools in Hatherleigh and details of meetings are advertised in the Parish Pump. Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings at cost of £2.