The Ilsington Local History group meets regularly throughout the autumn and winter months, initially on alternate Monday afternoons in Ilsington Village Hall Meeting Room. During the Summer months we hold occasional field visits – the image above was taken during a recent visit to Westabrook Farm, an ancient Devon longhouse which was formerly part of Bagtor Manor.

Autumn 2019

Sunday September 15th  2-4pm
Devon Historic Churches weekend
Opportunities to climb the church tower and discover the stories behind 10 local characters remembered (or not) in the churchyard.

Monday October 7th, 3-5pm Ilsington Village Hall*
Introduction to Group Project
Arthur Lyons of Middlecott: Industrialist and entrepreneur. His intimate accounts of life in Ilsington 150 years ago.

Monday October 28th, 3-5pm, Ilsington Village Hall*
Jon Stephens
Bishop Grandisson: his legacy for Ilsington and Devon

Saturday November 9th 11-1pm, Ilsington Village Hall**
Tony Seed
The Salvation Army and its Ilsington connections

Monday November 11th 3-5pm, Ilsington Village Hall*
Anne Parkinson and June Weeks
Operation Pied Piper 1939:  Ilsington evacuees

*   Refreshments available from 2.30pm
** A community lunch funded by Ilsington United Charities will follow this talk to which everyone is invited. 


Spring 2019

Monday 25th March 2.30 pm for 3.00 pm @ Ilsington Village Hall
The changing boundaries of Ilsington Parish
In anticipation of the opportunity to join in Beating the Bounds later this summer, we will examine the  formative events which shaped the Parish of Ilsington at this meeting. Do join us as we consider the defining role of Anglo-saxon manors and the gradual establishment of a parochial parish centred on the parish church of St Michael’s. With the decline of the manorial system, we shall trace the changing geography of the parish and the influence of ancient tracks, which connected the evolving parish to the moor and markets.  Our legendary refreshments will be served from 2.30pm!

Beating the Bounds – The Parish Perambulation 2019
Later this year we shall be commemorating the Beating of the Bounds, a long standing tradition that undertakes to circumnavigate the entire parish visiting the original boundary stones, bridges and gateways that marked the limits Ilsington land.  The event will take place over 4 stages and whilst the distances covered are not unreasonable, the terrain at times is challenging. The four walks will take between 4 and 6 hours to allow time for everyone to cross stiles, ford streams, retrieve footwear from boggy ground and to linger over the important markers along the way. We shall encourage younger members to experience being ‘bumped’ on the bound stones so that they may better remember the experience in years to come. The organizing committee are finalising details and, subject to landowners permissions, this is the proposed schedule with routes:
Saturday 18thMay    Holbrooke Farm to Drum Bridges via Chipley and Staplehill
Saturday 15thJune   Hemsworthy Gate to Stancombe Farm via Rippon Tor, Sigford and Ramshorn Down
Saturday 29thJune   Green Lane to Drumbridges via Colehayes, Brimley and Langaller Farm
Saturday 13thJuly Hemsworthy Gate to the top of the Green Lane via Holwell Lawn, Black Hill and Owlacombe Burrow

Each walk will commence with registration at 10.30 am except Saturday 29thJune which will start at 9.30 am to allow participants to attend Liverton Fayre later in the afternoon.  Further details will be issued closer to the event and we are grateful to Ilsington Parish Council and Ilsington Local History Group who are working to make this a summer to remember.  The event is being funded through Moor Than Meets the Eye and the ‘Parishscapes Project’.

Autumn 2018 programme
Monday 10th September 7.00 pm Ilsington Village Hall
Wine and Cheese – the start of our 2nd year as a group, with the opportunity to discuss plans and future projects
Monday 15th October 3.00 pm Ilsington Village Hall
Holwell Bronze Age hut excavation – the environmental context

Friday 9th November
 7.00 pm Ilsington Village Hall
Canadian Lumberjacks and Great Plantation during WW1 – an illustrated talk. If you would like to see a summary of this presentation, click here.
Monday 26th November 2.00 pm Ilsington Village Hall
Archiving workgroup

Monday 3rd December
2.00 pm Liverton Village Hall
A history of the Liverton Foundry and Devonmoor Pottery, including a local walk, led by Peter Carrett.


For further information, and details of our meetings, please email us.