Our warmest thanks to Susan Heywood Downard for sharing her family photos from Australia. We look forward to meeting Susan when she travels to Pinhoe during the summer
“My great grandfather, Augustus Ford worked for Miss Took at Petersfield in the late 1800’s. He was a very keen photographer and took a number of photographs around Pinhoe, including of the village and the house. I found Miss Took in the census of 1881. She left my great grandfather a pension in her will sufficient to enable him to buy a house in Exeter”
Grant Harrison was able to locate the will in the local press >
Susan also shared a rare photo of Redhayes House (since destroyed by fire) which Marian Orton Cowling identifed: “Major Hext was brought up at Redhayes, his father owning the house. The Waldron’s had it built in Dutch Brick in the late 19th century.”
When East Devon District Council approached us about their series of history and wildlife events in Pinhoe last year, we were delighted to support their programme.
Working with the team at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton and artist Emma Molony, their fantastic programme included talks about the history of Poltimore House, the Veitch family of plant hunters and their connections to Killerton, sound walks with musician Emma Welton, and an eye-opening wildlife walk along the lanes which connect Pinhoe to the new estates along Langaton Lane.
Thanks to some impressive lepidoptery by Simon Bates, here are some of moths identified on the summer morning wildlife walk along Langaton Lane >
Artist and film maker Léonie Harding made this extraordinary film about Pinhoe as an audio-visual exploration of our rapidly changing landscape > Continuous and All Around Us