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 […]

Sale of Lower Town Place Farm

Prior to the large public sale of Lapford land at the Malt Scoop Inn in May 1910 more than 160 acres of land in and around the village had been farmed by Frederick Saunders until his death in 1909. It was Fred’s death that may have prompted the land owner, George Croote, to […]

Spring 1916- the start of conscription

Harriet Carrington– newspaper editor On 6th January 1916 Harriet Carrington died at 2 Guildene Villas, Worcester Street, Gloucester. Born in 1857 to Charles and Laura Gribble, Harriet grew up at Lapford Station where her father was station master. She married Frederick Carrington the son of the owner and editor of […]

The “von Trapps” of Lapford

Gwynneth Arscott, writing in 1971, recalls her early years growing up in Lapford in the late 1910’s at the Temperance Hotel and Lower Town farm. The family occasionally performed as a singing group.  The family pictured in about 1917: 1 Albert James Arscott 2 Effie Jane Arscott 3 Leslie Albert Arscott 4 […]

Rev Charles Henry Gerald Vivian

Lived at Woodlands (now Lapfordwood House) from 1902-11 as a widower with a young family. Significantly increased the size on the estate in 1910 when he purchased additional land at an auction at the Malt Scoop Inn Lapford. Vice-president of Lapford shooting club. Charles was born in Bodmin in 1853 […]


1915- from May to December

SPIES IN OUR MIDST On the afternoon of 7th May 1915 a single torpedo from a German submarine sank the Lusitania off the coast of Ireland killing 1198 men, women and children. It sparked national anti-German riots across the UK and many German sounding businesses were targeted. Animosity against German […]