February 27, 2019

Wiliam John Underhill (1909-1966) was born in Moretonhampstead but remembered best his childhood halcyon days spent at Great Doccombe Farm. When he began a transport company based near Salisbury, he named it after his ‘favourite place on Earth’. Today Doccombe Global L...

February 25, 2019

The Watercolour by Evelyn Page on the left is entitled Moreten (sic) Hampstead, Devon.

(Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū NZ; purchased 1986. By the kind permission of the painter’s daughter.)

In the foreground of the painting is South Kingwell...

March 16, 2017

Join us for an enthralling lecture with expert Professor Nicholas Vincent. Professor Vincent has published a dozen books and some hundred academic articles on various aspects of English and European history in the 12th and 13th centuries. He is the leading authority on...

January 30, 2017

Thomas Becket’s death remains one of the most famous stories associated

with Medieval England. Becket was a 12th century chancellor and archbishop of Canterbury whose murder resulted in his canonisation.

Thomas Becket was born in 1118, the son of a prosperous London merc...

November 30, 2016

On December 29th 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered by four knights in Canterbury Cathedral. This was the culmination of a dispute over the control of the church and its courts between Becket and King Henry II that had led the king at Christmas to utter in desp...

October 11, 2016

This image of a classic green Devon lane is the 'Old Moreton Road' and was the original route from Doccombe to Moretonhampstead (about 3 miles) until the 'new' turnpike was made in about 1815. It was a 'Yoleway' - an Anglo-Saxon term - to 'drang' (drive) animals up to...

October 1, 2016

A walk over Mardon Common recently revealed what recent 'swaling' (burning off gorse and bracken) has surfaced. There are quite a few foxholes/slit-trenches and gun shelter holes from the US troops who practised there prior to the D-Day landings in 1944. Grass-covered...

September 1, 2016

The present tiny Doccombe Chapel is the social hub of the community. The current building is a converted C18th barn in a rural farmyard, but where was the medieval chapel? From the manorial records we know it existed in a 1 acre field called Church Hey - 'God's acre'....

August 1, 2016

Doccombe was a separate manor for at least 800 years and its ownership by Christ Church Canterbury has left it one of the best sets of written historical records in the country. We have been fortunate to secure a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant to research, record and exhi...

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