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Down Thomas Photoday

Saturday 13th May 2017 Silver Jubilee Hall Down Thomas 10.30 – 16.30

We need your photographs and your memories

Following the success of the photoday held at Wembury last summer a similar event will be held at Down Thomas

Free admission – donations welcome. Light refreshments available

If you have any photos you can share with us or memories/anecdotes you are happy for us to record, please bring them along! We are interested in recording your memories as well as as your photos.

Peter Lugar’s archive of over 900 photographs of Wembury from the 1860s to the present day will be available for you to enjoy.  Each photograph has a description of the scene and, where possible, names of any people shown. His ten volumes of “Wembury Memories” will also be available for study, plus other documents of local interest.

Archives need to expand, so anyone having photographs which they think might be of interest is invited to bring them along – if possible with a written description – so that they can be scanned and returned on the day. The eventual aim is that they will also be lodged with the West Devon Record Office.

We are especially interested in World War II and later – including the very important time in the late 1960s & early 1970s when Wembury and Heybrook Bay were expanding so rapidly.  Photos of this era are in short supply. If what you have is a bit dog-eared, don’t worry – that adds extra atmosphere!

If you wish to copy photographs from the archive for your own research purposes, you will be most welcome to do so. Please bring a “memory stick” to which they can be copied.

Wembury Review

We now have PDFs of Wembury Review from 2015 to the present. Please contact us for details.


We now have our own Facebook page. Click here  to access it

Recent additions to Publications

Wembury Census Returns 1841 to 1901

Burial records St Werburgh’s Church 1813 – 2004

List of Wembury’s listed buildings

The Devon History Society Programme and Booking Forms for 2016 is now available to download. Devon History Society programme 2016