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About Dr.Todd Gray The Mint Press

Todd has been awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen's New Years Honours list as retiring Chairman of the Friends of Devon's Archives and for services to Devon's heritage. He collected his medal at an Investiture held by HRH The Prince of Wales on the 14th March 2014

Dr Todd Gray has devoted his working career to the study of Devon's history. His passion for his adopted county is self-evident through his publications and in his lectures. He has written more widely on Devon than any other Devon historian and is at the heart of its historical community.

Dr Gray has taken the lead in promoting the study of Devon's history and has most recently led efforts in developing continuing dialogue between the key stakeholders in Devon's archives and local councils. He has regular appearances in local and national media.

Dr Gray was born in New England and first came to England as a schoolboy in the 1970s. He returned to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of London. He subsequently enrolled as a post-graduate student at the University of Exeter and in 1989 was awarded his Doctorate in History. He remains a Research Fellow of the University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He set up his own publishing business and has now successfully published 48 titles mainly written by him and by other writers. Four were awarded `Devon Book of the Year' by the Devon History Society. Each is about local history and they cover a wide range of aspects relating to the South West and particularly Devon and Exeter. All stages of a book's publication are organised and produced in Devon using other local businesses.

One can truly say they are "made in Devon". Dr Gray's other achievements are that he wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper, the Express and Echo (`History Matters') and has written questions for Mastermind. He is Chairman of the Devon & Cornwall Record Society, the past president of the Devon Family History Society and a past Chairman of the Devonshire Association and of the Friends of Devon's Archives. He is a committee member of the Devon History Society and Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries. Dr Gray is also a member of the Devon Buildings Group. He is actively involved in supporting many local history groups and charities.

Dr Gray undertakes numerous public and private talks each year and has lectured in more than 125 villages and towns in Devon as well as in such far-flung places as Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Most of his time is spent researching, writing, and with his publishing business, however, he also enjoys gardening and visiting local churches and buildings of interest.

Dr Gray has recently learned that he has ancestors who originated from Barnstaple in the 1620s before emigrating to New England. He is currently employed as a Research Fellow by Exeter University through a grant from the Pilgrim Trust to record bench ends throughout the South West.

Todd can be contacted through this website about any aspect of his books or to enquire about a talk or lecture. Contact Todd

Why not come and visit us and browse our books at our stall at the following events -:


11th April   Exeter Devonshire Association. 2.30pm The Clarence Fire and Exeters Buildings
16th April Broadwoodwidger Local History Group 7.00pm. Devon's Ancient Bench Ends and includes a visit to the Church and talk in the Community Hall next door.
20th N T Honiton and Ottery St. Mary. 7pm, War Memorials
25th Friends of Torre Abbey, Torquay. 7.30pm Art of the Devon Garden 
26th April Clyst Hydon WI 7.30pm Art of the Devon Gardens
27th April Whimple 7.00pm The Clarence Fire and Exeters Buildings.
1st May Braunton U3A 10.30am Parish Hall. Devon's fifty Best Churches
2nd May Pathfinder 2.30pm The Clarence Fire and Exeters Buildings
5th May We will be attending the Plymouth Local Studies Day with a book stall
16th May Kenton 7.30pm The Clarence Fire and Exeters Buildings

Exeter Buildings

Churches Conservation Trust in association with Exeter Local History Society

Monday Lunchtime Lectures 
St Martin's Church, Exeter
1pm - 2pm

26 March      Dr Todd Gray       Maps & Exeter's Buildings

9 April           John Allan    St Martin's & the other Churches of Late Saxon & Norman Exeter

16 April        Dr Jo Cox      St Thomas' Church

23 April        Clare Maudling      Exeter's Post War Development 

30 April          Diane Walker         Moving Monuments of Exeter Cathedral

Tickets are available online and cost £4 for each lecture.

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twenty minute histories
19 May 2020, United Reform Church, Southernhay, Exeter

10.00- 10.30 Registration & Coffee

10.30 - 1.05 Chair: Dr Todd Gray

10.35 Dr Stuart Blaylock 
'Exeter Guildhall: documents and craftsmen'

11.05 Dr Paul Cleave 
`Deller's Café'

11.35 Stewart Brown
'The Medieval Exe Bridge'

12.05 Martin Watts 
`A best and most commodious mill'

12.35 Dr Jo Cox 
`St Andrew's Church, Exwick: The best specimen of a modern
church we have yet seen'

1.05 – 2.15 Lunch

2.15 – 3.30 Chair: Dr Stuart Blaylock

2.15 Diane Walker 
`A Medieval vision of heaven'

2.45 Dr Julia Neville 
`Fowler's Lower Market, Fore Street, and the 
start of modern shopping in Exeter'

3.15 Dr Todd Gray 
`53 High Street'

3.40 Tea 

To book: please send by 12 May a cheque for £10 made out to THE DEVON & CORNWALL RECORD SOCIETY to The Cottage in the Hayes, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JG. 
Please include an email address or self-addressed stamped envelope for acknowledgement (if required).

Please note that these events are organised by various groups and there may be a small charge for visitors.




Tickets from The Guildhall, Exeter Tel number 01392 665500

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