Lest Devon Forgets

The Art of the Devon Garden, a fresh and innovative approach which opens up new ways to appreciate the garden history of Devon. 

The art has been brought together from private collections as well as from archives, museums, libraries and other institutions in England and the United States. Obscure and unknown artists are included as well as some of England's leading figures such as Francis Danby, Nicholas Hilliard, William Morris, Joshua Reynolds & J. M. W. Turner.

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Uncle Tom Cobley and All  
The history of the song`Widdicombe Fair'

Uncle Tom Cobley and All

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220 pages with 45 illustrations including 10 black and white photographs, 1 map, 33 colour paintings or drawings, A full index and appendix with 57 variations of the song.

The author's interest in Tom Cobley began in 1995 when he happened upon an unknown version of the song and he realised then that those lyrics were much earlier than those which Sabine Baring-Gould had made famous in 1889.
This book tells the long and fascinating history of the song and includes some surprises from the thorough research undertaken by Todd Gray. It is both informative and entertaining and will have a broad appeal.The song has an enduring popularity with modern audiences and continues to delight them when local figures are substituted for the mare's companions. In the late 1800s `Widdicombe Fair' became Devon's anthem but the full history of this popular ballad has never been told. Until now. In word and song, 57 variants, most of them long forgotten are included.
For more than a century `Widdicombe Fair' has been an iconic part of Devon's heritage; it has established itself amongst the rich diversity of the county's identity and this can now be fully appreciated by those with an interest in history, Devon, Dartmoor, music and of course by Uncle Tom Cobley and all.

Recreation of Concert Lecture Tour of 1889
Uncle Tom Cobley & All
as explored by Dr Todd Gray MBE

Spirited, Surprising & Enlightening: hear in words and song the full story of Devon's anthem
  130 years ago `Widdicombe Fair' as brought out of the public house 
and into concert halls and drawing rooms.  
         The celebrated Concert Lecture Tour of 1889 is being recreated in seven villages, towns and cities across Devon. For the first time the fascinating history of this ancient song will be told and audiences will be reintroduced to more than 50 variants, most of them long forgotten and some after hundreds of years.

It became the county's favourite song.

Widecombe-in-the-Moor, 7.30pm on 2 Sept., at St Pancras Church, with Widecombe Local History Society, featuring the Widecombe Singers & Alan Rosevear, tickets £2.50 at the door

Crediton, 7.30pm on 4 Sept., at Holy Cross Church, with the church, featuring Mellow D, tickets £5 at the door or through A. E. Lee, 17 High Street
Contact: 01363 773669

Plymouth, 2.00pm on 5 Sept., at Portland Square, Plymouth University, with the History Department, featuring Wren Music, tickets £4 through The Arts Institute; Web:; Tel: 01752 585050 (open Mon-Fri 1300-1700); Email:

Feniton, 7.30pm on 12 Sept., at St Andrew's Church, Feniton, with Feniton History Society, featuring Alan Rosevear, tickets £5 at the door

Tavistock, 7.00pm on 13 Sept., in the parish rooms, with the Devonshire Association (Tavistock Branch & Music Section), & Tavistock Subscription Library, featuring Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson, tickets £5 at the door

Exeter, 7.30pm on 19 Sept., at Exeter Guildhall, with Exeter City Community Fund, tickets £5 at the door or in person before via The Guildhall 01392 265500

Totnes, 7.30pm on 20 Sept., in St John's Church, Bridgetown,  Totnes, with the church, tickets £5 at the door

Appledore, 11.30am on 24 Sept., at Appledore Book Festival, featuring MenSing, tickets £8

New for October 2018

Not one of US
Not One of US, Individuals set apart by choice, circumstances, crowds or the mob in Exeter, 1451 - 1952.
By Todd Gray.

Highly illustrated with over 197 illustrations in colour and black and white. The images include drawings, etchings, sketches, maps and over 50 black and white photographs.

A study of 146 individuals who were singled out in Exeter, of people who were considered not one of us. These examples span six centuries and detail the lives of a range of individuals. Campaigners; Traitors; Macaronis; Royals; Murderers; Suffragettes; Eccentrics; Zealots Actors; Cannibals; Spies; Fifth Columnists; Heroes; Prostitutes; Rioters; Reformers; Lepers; Bolsheviks; and Aliens.

Exeter Local History Society  
A lecture by Dr Todd Gray to launch  NOT ONE OF US
Individuals in Exeter from 1451 to 1952 who were considered different to the rest of society - those royals, heroes and sportsmen who were celebrated and the fifth columnists, Bolsheviks, cannibals, eccentrics, suffragettes, rioters, prostitutes, reformers, lepers, aliens, arsonists, zealots, traitors, murderers, spies, etc. who were notorious.
Monday, 29 October, 2pm Exeter Guildhall.  Tickets at £4 available through eventbrite:


St Martin's Island

 St. Martin's Island - our best seller

This book was produced by Todd Gray and Sue Jackson following the fire of 28 October 2016  in Exeter's City Centre and the destruction of the Royal Clarence Hotel.  Exeter's initial reaction was shock and a sense of loss.  Almost immediately it was followed by an awareness of the fragility of these ancient structures with a corresponding greater interest in, and appreciation of, the city's historic buildings. 

This detailed study, supported by Historic England, has tried to show how the buildings in St Martin's Island developed. It includes many images people will not have seen before and the tremendous research has revealed some amazing features readers will find fascinating and of great interest.  It has proved to be the best selling book of all time for the Mint Press

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Price £15.00
Full colour throughout - Fully illustrated (Over 211 illustrations,including photographs, drawings,and paintings)
192 pages
Paperback Size: 280 mm x 220 mm

A LASTING IMPRESSION - A History of Wheatons in Exeter
Many people in Exeter will remember "Wheatons" and many will have a connection with the company either having worked for them or had family and firends who have worked for them. This book is a must have for all those interested in Wheatons and Exeter's history. The book is for sale through our Website and also available through W H Smiths, Guildhall Shopping Centre and other bookshops.

A LASTING IMPRESSION A History of Wheatons in Exeter

Price £20.00 - plus postage
Published by AJW Publishing 14th Oct 2017     Author Anthony J Wheaton
ISBN: 9781527213272
Full colour throughout - Fully illustrated (Over 180 illustrations)
184 pages
Hardback, sewn /Jacketed
Size: 215 mm x 235 mm

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