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Devonshire February March 17

Devon's Countryside, Wildlife, History and Events


FINCH FOUNDRY A unique piece of industrial heritage at Sticklepath Old pulley wheels and vices - don't know what the disk shaped thingy is at the end? The workshop viewed from the back yard. Note the shears in the foreground. Sticklepath is on part of the Trafalgar Way, which relates to the epic 271 mile dash in little over 36 hours - when dispatches of Nelson's death and the battle were relayed to the Admiralty in London. You can read our article on this at: If you're interested in this subject, the writer has produced a book entitled "The Pickle at Trafalgar" which is available for £4.95 (plus £1.05 postage and packing) from Peretti Publishing, East Grange, West Hill, Ottery St. Mary, Devon EX11 1TR 86 One of the overshot water wheels, with waste water channeled into the river Taw The displays at Finch Foundry are fascinating Countryside, History, Walks, the Arts, Events & all things Devon at: DEVONSHIRE

Finch Foundry's workshop has great atmosphere - you get the feeling the workers have just stepped outside for their break. Lea Shipley demonstrating the water driven hammer. This device helped to dramatically increase production of hand tools A SHORT BREAK IN WEST DEVON Although a visit to Finch Foundry is at the most, only 1hr in the car from Exeter, you may fancy making your visit into a short break over a couple of days. There are several lovely hotels available locally (detailed below) providing great food and ambiance. Lydford Castle - English Heritage Whilst in the area you could also visit the beautiful Lydford Gorge (bottom left) and Lydford Castle (left) - although you ideally need a sunny day in early season, but it's sheltered and out of the wind. Don't forget your NT and English Heritage cards! Finch Foundry opens again on the 4th of March 2017. Lydford Gorge - National Trust LEWTRENCHARD MANOR, Lewdown A beautiful hotel in a pristine setting in this luxury hotel. Lydford George is fairly close also. 01566 783222 THE OXENHAM ARMS, South Zeal Incredibly historic with many famous visitors over the centuries. Totally unique and close by. 01837 840244 hubcast .co.u k 87

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