AbbPast has produced five major publications, all of which have been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund grants.
Copies of these publications are available from The Model Stores in the village, court Farm Inn or from AbbPast Committee Members. If you would like us to send you a copy please send a stamped addressed A5 envelope to Peter Wade, 9 Corn Park Road, Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot. TQ12 5QE
The publications can also be downloaded using the pdf links below.
"THE ABBOTSKERSWELL VILLAGE HISTORY SERIES"
This series of four themed booklets telling the villages story was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, meaning that the booklets are free to villagers. The year long project in 2016/17 was successfully completed and all are available in the village, or you can download the pdfs below. Two more volumes will be available in 2018/19.
Production Dates 2016/17
1. Industry & Commerce - Book_1_Industry_and_Commerce.pdf
This is the story of Abbotskerswell's industrial development from its farming roots to industrialisation. It includes a study of the Aller industrial area, Henley's Cyder Works, quarrying and modern industries.
**This volume is now out of print**
2. Houses & Families - Book_2_Houses_and_Families.pdf
This volume is the story of Abbotskerswell's houses and the people who lived in them, from the old thatched cottages through to the new estates. We explain the importance to village of the Hares and Dences at Court Grange, the Creeds at The Manor House and the Henleys at Mallands House.
3. Religion & Education - Book_3_Religion_and_Education.pdf
Our third volume relates the events surrounding the various religious buildings and activities that the village has seen over the centuries, with stories of assaults by Vicars and secretive religious organisations. The history of village education is told from the early 19th century to the present day, with the first proper school buildings of 1875 still being used.
4. Pubs Clubs & Governance - Book_4_Pubs,_Clubs_and_Governace.pdf
This volume completes the initial four booklets in the series. It tells the story of the five public houses that have been in the parish, before going on to relate the social background to the clubs and events that provided the entertainment in a working community. The story of the original Parish Council comes next, and then the volume ends by the telling the story of some of the men who lived in the village, both important and infamous; yes the story of John 'Babbacombe' Lee is told here.
"ABBOTSKERSWELL DURING WORLD WAR 1"
Production Date: 2014 World_War_1.pdf
This was our first publication created when in 2012 we formed a research group to look into the history of Abbotskerswell during the period of World War 1. Our intention was to conduct in-depth research into the servicemen who are listed on the village's Roll of Honour, but ended up by also looking at life in the village during the 1910s. Our Heritage Lottery Fund grant fund the booklet and, as a memorial to the men who gave their lives, the renovation of the graves of the three men buried in the village churchyard and cleaned the six family gravestones that carry memorials to men buried abroad. We were also honoured to be featured in the national launch of the HLF 'WW1 Then & Now Fund' as an example of what might be possible with the funds support.
"ABBOTSKERSWELL PARISH CHURCH ST MARY THE VIRGIN"
Production Date: 2018
This publication became AbbPast's first venture into the history of a village organisation to help raise funds; this booklet is available in the Church, from the village Cafe or at Town Farm.
In 2018 the clock in the church seized up and to repair it over £5 000 was required. Since the clock had been paid for by Mrs Hare, from Court Grange, in 1908 AbbPast felt that history was calling and it was time to help out. The creation of a new history of the church, paid for by an AbbPast member, was the solution. All the proceeds of the sales will initially go to the clock fund, and later to church funds.
"ABBOTSKERSWELL WOMEN'S INSTITUTE 1959 - 2017"
Production Date: 2018 Women's_Institute_History.pdf
AbbPast produced this booklet as a limited print run to commemorate the 58 year history of the village branch following its closure in 2017. Using the Meeting Record and Committee Minute books, plus photographs and artefacts gathered over the years, this is a tribute to the members, and their activities during its history.