Welcome to Hatherleigh History Society’s website.

The purpose of both our facebook page and website here is to create a digital archive for the ongoing research regarding the town’s history, allowing everyone access to our many records, documents and photo’s and providing an exchange of information about them.

In addition to paper documents we also hold a number of recorded oral histories which we hope to digitise and transcribe to include here.


  • Made in Hatherleigh November 3, 2020

    One of the interesting posts on our facebook page in September  showed Nic Brown’s beautifully restored mangle manufactured by A. Friend and Son of Hatherleigh.

    I wonder if  anyone knows of other Hatherleigh made and named artefacts, perhaps other household ‘appliances’, farm equipment, flour sacks, beer bottles, cider flagons or the like? We’d be very interested to hear about them or see a picture!

    Nic Browns Mangle
    (photo: Nic Brown)
  • History Society Activity November 2, 2020

    Due to the 2020 Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic the History Society has been unable to hold any meetings since March and will now not meet again until next year, pending further Government safety advice. The Society AGM has also been postponed.

    In the mean-time our Secretary Monica has worked very hard throughout the year keeping us informed and entertained on our facebook page, posting many interesting photo’s and documents from the archives. Viewers have provided lots of comments with names, places and dates which have been added to the collection.

    We are currently working on updating the website and adding many of our facebook posts to it.

  • Dennis Bater R.I.P. November 1, 2020

    It was with very heavy hearts that we received the sad news in April that our Chairman Dennis Bater had passed away. Dennis had lived in and around Hatherleigh his whole life and was involved over the years, not just with the many groups, organisations and causes he supported in the town, but also in a civic role having served as Mayor of both Hatherleigh Town and West Devon Borough Councils. He knew so much about the area and would talk enthusiastically about the history of the town and its families, always having an appropriate tale to tell! He is greatly missed by his many friends.

    Dennis Bater 1940-2020 (photo from Dennis’ family)