Month: March 2017

The near end of the Nymet House removal men

On the evening of 12 October 1910, three labourers from Exeter –Thomas Thorpe, Robert Carr and William Lobb – arrived at Nymet House, Nymet Rowland. In the morning they were to start removing furniture from the house to Mark Rowe & Sons[1], a furnishing store on Exeter High Street who […]

The Gaters: from mill to mansion

The Gater family owned Lapford Mill until about 1820 when it was sold to William Croote. We can’t be sure of the reason that the Gater’s left Lapford but it is possible that the mill was no longer needed as a source of family income following the 1822 marriage of […]

The day we caught a barrage balloon!

On November 29th 1940 the Head Master of Lapford school with teachers Miss Harris and Mr Burchell and with about 100 senior children captured a barrage balloon at morning break. Edgar Bragg, was there and fifty years’ later wrote about what happened: “One great and exciting event was the sighting of a Barrage […]

Reminiscences of an evacuee

Above: Evacuee children at the school with their teachers, Mrs Hearn & Mr Reece 1941 In 2000 Mrs Eileen Parish recorded her memories as a wartime evacuee to Lapford… “I came to Lapford as an evacuee in June 1940. We had travelled from South West London by train to Exeter […]

Extracts from the school log book

January 15th 1915 Allowed children out early to see battalion of soldiers making route march for recruits. May 24th 1916 Empire Day. Gave children an address & patriotic songs were sung. April 25th 1917 Continued lectures re food waste. July 27th 1917 Mrs Raymond absent today with leave, her husband […]

Extracts from the School Managers Minutes relating to the Great War

April 29th 1915 A letter received from Lady Audrey Buller (see notes below) was read asking permission to allow the Head Master to start a Children’s Penny Fund for the sick and wounded. The Head master (Mr Beare) stated that the children were already contributing to the Devon Patriotic Fund. It […]


Mr Henry John Beare was headmaster of the school during the First World War. He lived at Saxons, which the School Board would have rented for him. E. W. Challice wrote of him: Mr & Mrs Beare were very highly respected and liked. Those of us who were his pupils […]

WW2 evacuation- a happy childhood

Evacuation – A happy childhood submitted 21 Nov 2003 by Maureen Batts My name is Maureen Batts and I am now 71. I was evacuated in June1940 with my sister Betty. She was 10 and a half and I was 8 We went from our school in Raynes Park. We had […]

Croote’s land agency

The Crootes were one of mid-Devons’s oldest families. A George Crowte was living in Lapford in the 1620’s. In the nineteenth century the family were land agents representing, amomgst others one of the areas largest land owners, The Earl of Portmouth. The offices of Croote and Son were based in […]