Dear Friends

A meeting of the History Group will be held on February 4th 2013 at the Baptist Church Hall 7.30 - 9.30  All Welcome.

 

Westward Ho! Community History Project is now in its 10th year and Marilyn Maureen and Anne have decided to take a step back. We thank everyone who has contributed in any way through their photos, memories and artifacts  and also our husbands for their patience and understanding over these years and putting up with all the historical paperwork and items around the home.

We are very proud to have achieved the many things we set out to do to bring the History of Westward Ho!  alive.  We have collated, collected, printed, purchased and produced leaflets on Vanished Ho!. The United Services College,  Potwalloping,  Seafield  House a Brief History, Memory Lane ,Sporting Westward Ho!

Pre-Historic Westward Ho! A Brief History of The Royal North Devon Golf Club, Rev.Isaac Henry Gossett and a Heritage Trail.

 

We have held exhibitions, given talks and walks, been interviewed on T V twice and commissioned Bronze Plaques to be placed on Horizon View, Nassau Court and along the new surface of the walkways and prom by the green.

 

Our personal interest in the ‘history’ will still continue and information will still be available on our web pages at www. westwardhohistory.co.uk  and  also westward ho! history group on facebook.

We will continue to help with any enquiries on the History of Westward Ho!.  

With best wishes

Maureen  Marilyn  and Anne.

 

 

 

          

 

 

 FORMED NOV.2002

  

Marilyn Maureen and Harry, three people who shared an interest in local history and after having met whilst volunteering at WHISH decided to form the WESTWARD HO!HISTORY SOCIETY. the drive to do something came after a letter was passed on from John Burnett our local M.P at the time This letter was from a visitor to Westward Ho! who was dismayed by the lack of knowledge about historical and literary traditions amongst local residents. Further meetings were held and more people became involved and Anne became our secretary. We thank the many people who have loaned or given items and supplied much information .

Early plan of the Estate which became Westward Ho! 

 

 

THE WESTWARD HO!HISTORY SOCIETY

 

 

 

 


Many residents, new and old and visitors to the village seemed to be fascinated about Wesward Ho!’s interesting past.
We felt that things were changing so fast around us that we needed to record things now for future generations.

Several of the houses in Westward Ho!and also the Holy Trinity Church were designed by William Clement Oliver son of James Oliver a joiner and builder of Barnstaple and became a successful architect. He was the father of Bruce William Oliver.


David Gale kindly let us have some copies of photographs from his vast collection and with the generosity of so many residents and contacts we have been able to build our vast archive of photos and memorabilia.

First exhibition was held in November 2002.We try to hold an exhibition at least once a year.

Archaeologist, Sean Hawking gave us a talk on how to become involved in local archaeology, another talk was about the Bideford ,Appledore and Westward Ho! Railway
and Mr Peter Adams gave a very interesting talk ‘An Authors Tale’ with reference to his excellent book and with many anecdotes about the local cricket club and what it was like in Westward Ho after World War II.

Peter Keene from Thematic Trails has given us a guided walk along the Coast Path and Burrows.

We have purchased a book on The Jews in Devon by Helen Fry and have been given copies of many deeds relating to the properties in Westward Ho!.

Talks have been given to TAW U3A, TOC H. and we have held 'History Drop-ins ' at the community shop in the village.

We have been awarded a Highly Commended Certificate in 2004 from the Barnstaple & District Civic Society for the History Project and in 2008 for the Heritage Map.

Our leaflets have proved to be very popular, we have a new Heritage Walk leaflet and these can be purchased at various outlets in the village.

The Record Office at Northam and the libraries at Bideford, Northam, and Barnstaple have an information folder compiled by the Group .

We have purchased a print from a painting by Thomas Girtin circa 1799, which shows the view over the area which is now Westward Ho! This print is for the village, and it is on view at the Post Office with many thanks to Sue Taylor.

We are always grateful for any information and photographs that can be loaned to us for the exhibitions.
We welcome any one to help in our research.

There are plans to have plaques situated at various
sites along the promenade.



AIMS AND OBJECTS OF WESTWARD HO!
HISTORY PROJECT




1) TO GET TOGETHER A GROUP OF LOCAL PEOPLE INTERESTED IN LOCAL HISTORY TO COLLECT AND COLLATE INFORMATION FROM THE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE ARCHIVE MATERIAL FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.


2) TO HAVE AN ANNUAL EXHIBITION IN A LOCAL VILLAGE HALL TO DISPLAY THE HISTORY OF WESTWARD HO! FROM STONE AGE TO PRESENT TIME WITH EMPHASIS ON LITERARY CONNECTIONS i.e. KINGSLEY, KIPLING AND ALSO POTWALLOPING.


3) THIS IS NEEDED TO HELP TOURISM, TO INFORM NEW PEOPLE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF WHERE THEY LIVE, AND ALSO TO BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER IN A LOCAL PROJECT.


4) TO BUILD UP AN EXTENSIVE ARCHIVE THAT MIGHT ONE DAY BE PUT INTO A HERITAGE CENTRE.


5) TO PUBLISH A SIMPLE HERITAGE TRAIL.


6) TO PUBLISH A SIMPLE HISTORY BOOKLET.


7) TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND HAVE SOME FUN.






 




 

Leaflets produced by

WESTWARD HO! HISTORY GROUP.

 

on sale at various places around the village and through 'Thematic Trails' by Peter Keene.

 

 

 

 

Exhibition 2002 WHISH. 

 Exhibition 2003

 Kingsley Schoolroom     

 Exhibition 2004 Braddicks.

 2005 on the green

 Fun Day on the Green 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 15TH JUNE 2012

 

THE NEW BRONZE PLAQUES HAVE NOW BEEN PLACED ALONG THE NEW PROMENADE.

 

     THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE

                                              THIS POSSIBLE.

 

 

 

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Thank you to all who came to our exhibition in the Baptist Hall on Saturday 11th Feb.2012

UNIFORM OF UNITED SERVICES COLLEGE WITH DISPLAY

 

On 27th January 2012 two of the plaques that were originally destined for the promenade (Bath Hotel and Great Nassau Bath)
were fixed on walls at Horizon View and Nassau Court.
 
We are now awaiting the further plaques to be inserted  in the new walkway and prom by the village green This should take place during May.2012
 

 

NEWS LETTER 2012

This year is the 10th Anniversary of the formation of the Westward Ho!Community History Project.

 

The aim of the History Project, formed in 2002, was to get together local people interested in the history of Westward Ho!  and to collect and collate information from the community which could be archived for future generations.

 

The Regeneration of the Village Green and Promenade has given us an opportunity to display aspects of the history of our village. We felt it important that we didn't miss this opportunity of having an appropriate memorial incorporated into the Village Green plan. Several ideas were discussed and finally we decided on Heritage Plaques depicting famous names and events from the past that would probably be of interest to tourists and local residents alike.  It was proposed that these be set into the promenade during resurfacing.

 

Our suggestion was put to Cllr. Roger Tisdale and an email on 16th July 2010  confirmed acceptance.

 

After examining all available materials the only one which proved suitable for such an hostile environment was Bronze.  TDC were consulted with regard to the specification and we finally came to an  agreement that the plaques would be 1cm thick by 30cms diameter.  The plaques were produced by Croft Castings Limited, Whitby, Yorkshire, who also advised us on layout and typeset. 

 

Initially five plaques were ordered but due to a delay in the resurfacing of the promenade we had an opportunity to order a further five . The total cost of the plaques came to £3,000 of which £500 was donated by Cllr. Tisdale.

 

Over the last 18 months several dates have been given for the resurfacing work which have not materialised.  The latest date is now early Spring 2012 so hopefully,  at last, we will have achieved our aim of  seeing the plaques embodied in the promenade.           

            We have now been informed by Cllr. Tisdale that  due to a lack of funds, the  promenade will only be resurfaced from the slipway up to Horizon View. This   means that we will have to reposition four of the plaques.

 

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A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

On Saturday, 11th February in the Baptist Church Hall, Westward Ho! we are staging an Exhibition  to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. The exhibition will run from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Wishing you a Happy & Prosperous New Year.

Maureen, Marilyn and Anne