Haymaking at Bolham House Farm


Mr Dick Ayres and men haymaking at Bolham Farm 1929.

Mr Dick Ayres with prize cow at Bolham House 1933

Bolham House prize cow

Bolham House prize cow

Mr Dick Ayres with prize cow and calf in 1933

Hemyock Baptist Church

2012 Heritage Poster0
This is a picture of the Hemyock Baptist Church in 2012 celebrating the jubilee of the building of the new Baptist Church.

The children of John and Caroline New at Craddock

Caroline            John Somers    Johanna           Vernon Arthur

1866-1926        1871-1960          1868-1942        1879- ????

went to California

Caroline NewJohn Somers NewJohanna Constance NewVernon New


by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), half-plate nitrate negative, 27 June 1932

Henry Harcourt New 1874-1961 at Craddocks       by Lafayette  June 1932

John Cave New and Caroline Somers Smith New

John Cave New MD  1826 – 1901 and his wife Caroline Somers Smith New 1845 – 1926

lived at Craddock until their deaths as above leaving 6 children.  Craddock  was bought either by John’s father John New MD 1799 – 1862 and married to Harriet Cave or his grandfather John New 1769 – 1851 and married to Mary Bull. The New family were originally Bristol based merchants, who did well out of their estates in the Indies.

John Cave NewCaroline Somers Smith

2017 Annual General Meeting of Hemyock History and Archiving Assoc.

The AGM was held on Thursday 16th March with Stephen Major taking over as Chairman and a supporting committee of: Brenda Calcraft, Mike Cooper, Jon Henville and Rev Chris Hudson.

The Bank Balance stands at £3,631. It is proposed that monthly meetings should be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month and the constitution was amended slightly.

History Talks for April and May 2017

The 13th April talk will be from David Greenfield a civil engineer from Taunton on the life and works of  I K Brunel.  The 11th May talk will be a talk from Phil Andrews of Wessex Archaeology on recent finds in Devon

History Group Talks February and March 2017

On the 9th of February HH&A heard a talk from Andrew Watson, PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow, on phenomenology and its application in archaeology.

Andrew began by focusing on the history of phenomenology, which is a branch of Western philosophy that is concerned with how people perceive a phenomenon, and looked at the works of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.  Andrew summarised the approaches that archaeologists had undertaken to date and discussed three key studies incorporating landscape studies, a study of sound and the transferring of hand signals in a Neolithic ditched enclosure in Italy and closer to home, some archaeoacustic studies looking at the effect of sound in Neolithic long barrows.   Finally Andrew outlined his Doctoral studies and his approach to phenomenology. Using four Neolithic long barrows as case studies Andrew hopes to better understand people’s bodily and sensorial engagements with Neolithic long barrows in the modern day.

The March talk was given by Brian Carpenter from the Devon Heritage Centre on the documents and information on the Hemyock area stored at the centre.   Brian brought to the meeting a list of the registers showing the documents stored in safe custody   related to various properties in the Hemyock area plus documents related to the Culmstock Rural District Council which included the parishes of Clayhidon, Hemyock and Culmstock.  Brian also listed the various books displayed on the public shelves listing the historical information stored within the centre, including the Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths with:

Christenings   from 1635-1959

Marriages       from 1635-2007

Burials            from 1635-1923

His talk was a very good way of understanding how to trace documents and other material stored within the centre and how various research projects can progress efficiently by visiting the centre and accessing the material that is available.  Brian also left with us the route in words of the Bounds of the Parish of Hemyock from 1754.  An interesting project would be to reintroduce the practice of Walking the Parish Bounds on Rogation Sunday.   We are hoping to form a team interested in progressing a number of research projects.

Talk by Brian Carpenter of Devon Heritage Centre on Thursday 8th March

The monthly meeting on Thursday 8th March at the Hemyock Church Rooms at 7.30pm will be by Brian Carpenter of the Devon Heritage Centre, Exeter.

Come along and find what information is stored at the Heritage Centre, how you can access this information and what research you can accomplish:

What information is stored on Hemyock history.

What Culmstock Rural Council files, which included Hemyock Parish, are available.

What information is stored on Families, Estates and Houses in the area.

plus any other questions you would like to raise.