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Welcome to the website of the Galmpton and Churston Ferrers Local History Group.

The group was formed in 1996 by a group of enthusiasts eager to record and preserve features and information about our parish.

  • An aerial view illustrating the entire coastal boundary of Churston Ferrers parish from Broadsands Beach to Churston Cove. The contrast is clear between the the natural features of coastline beach, Elbury Common & Cove, woodland fringe, and the spread of 20th century development.

Upcoming Events

The History of Galmpton Creek

Date: 19 January 2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £3
Galmpton Creek, looking out to the River Dart in 1920

An illustrated talk by John Risdon.

A journey through time.

(Note: This talk replaces the one originally scheduled for this date)

Galmpton Creek remains a unique and appealing feature of a beautiful estuarine landscape, 400 million years after its foundations were first laid down.

Galmpton Creek and shipyard in 1948
Galmpton Creek and Shipyard in 1948

Taking its name from the village it possibly helped to spawn, it has seen vessels created to sail the seven seas over the centuries. It’s waters, once a Royal domain, provided natural riches of stone, river sand and salmon.

Adding to this, generations of local men and women have learned and given their skills in the construction of a multitude of sea-going craft, taking the name Galmpton to far-away places around the British Isles.

Teas/coffee and biscuits available from 7:00pm. Non-members welcome.

The Fatal Shore – the Transportation of South Devon Convicts to Tasmania

Date: 16 February 2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Entrance Fee: £3

An illustrated talk by Phil Badcott.

More information to follow…

AGM followed by ‘Movies of Torbay’

Date: 15 March 2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Entrance Fee: £3

An illustrated talk by Kevin Dixon.

More information to follow…

What We Do

The group investigates and records details of our local past, preserves such as the Galmpton Lime Kiln and the Broadsands Neolithic Chambered Tomb, and provides information about the history and wildlife in the Galmpton Creek area.

A comprehensive ‘Guide to Galmpton’ map containing information of local historic interest is available at the Manor Inn and Galleon Stores.

A programme of talks and guided walks/visits is organised annually.

If you would like to keep up to date with our upcoming talks at the Galmpton Village Institute hall and other activities why not contact us and ask to put your email address on our email circulation list for free.

Talks are usually £3 to attend, payable on the door.

We are a friendly group and are always pleased to meet new potential members, so why not come along to our next talk?

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