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A Mill Town Heritage

The Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group aims to celebrate the rich history of Ivybridge and is dedicated to promoting a lively interest in the Town’s background and development by researching, collecting and preserving archives and photographic records of this unique Mill Town.

D-DAY 75

75 years ago, on 6 June, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion force in history set sail for France on a mission to liberate Europe.

 

During the day, the town of Bedford, Virginia, lost 20 of the 32 men it sent to the invasion of Normandy. These men had been billeted in Ivybridge since May 1943.

 

More than half a century later Bedford was selected as the site of the National D-Day Memorial in the United States because of what happened during Operation Overlord.  Bedford had suffered the highest per capita loss of any American community on D-Day.

D-DAY 75

75 years ago, on 6 June, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion force in history set sail for France on a mission to liberate Europe.

During the day, the town of Bedford, Virginia, lost 20 of the 32 men it sent to the invasion of Normandy. These men had been billeted in Ivybridge since May 1943.

More than half a century later Bedford was selected as the site of the National D-Day Memorial in the United States because of what happened during Operation Overlord.  Bedford had suffered the highest per capita loss of any American community on D-Day.

75 years ago, on 6 June, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion force in history set sail for France on a mission to liberate Europe.

During the day, the town of Bedford, Virginia, lost 20 of the 32 men it sent to the invasion of Normandy. These men had been billeted in Ivybridge since May 1943.

More than half a century later Bedford was selected as the site of the National D-Day Memorial in the United States because of what happened during Operation Overlord.  Bedford had suffered the highest per capita loss of any American community on D-Day.

Arrived Ivybridge Spring 1943 till May 1944. Training for D-Day.

With the exception of the first weekend, everyone I met up with was very friendly. On that week-end, all we saw were people peeking out of windows – giving the newcomers to Ivybridge the once over…

After the first week, most men, women and social groups were very co-operative…

A lot of time was spent in and around Ivybridge – drilling, long hikes over the moors…

In town we had the weekly dance, movies and other social events. The pubs also received a lot of attention from our boys. A lot of us were invited into homes…

Yes, we did integrate into village life … When we left in May 1944 there were many a tear shed as we marched to the A.R.Station.

Ivybridge has never forgotten the group of soldiers still affectionally referred to as ‘the Bedford Boys’

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Hawthorn House and The Bridge Inn behind the walled garden

Hawthorn House and The Bridge Inn behind the walled garden

Welcome to Ivybridge Uncovered

A Mill Town Heritage

The Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group aims to celebrate the rich history of Ivybridge and is dedicated to promoting a lively interest in the Town’s background and development by researching, collecting and preserving archives and photographic records of this unique Mill Town.

POSTCARDS

FROM

IVYBRIDGE

Several local entrepreneurs produced postcards depicting scenes of Ivybridge

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POSTCARDS

FROM

IVYBRIDGE

Several local entrepreneurs produced postcards depicting scenes of Ivybridge

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William Cotton

lived at Highland House in Ivybridge from 1839. He bequeathed his vast collection of paintings, prints, books, ceramics, bronzes and sculptures to the city of Plymouth.

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William Cotton

lived at Highland House in Ivybridge from 1839. He bequeathed his vast collection of paintings, prints, books, ceramics, bronzes and sculptures to the city of Plymouth.

The King’s Arms Hotel

1 Fore Street, Ivybridge

An inn has existed on the current site since 1830

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The King’s Arms Hotel

1 Fore Street, Ivybridge

An inn has existed on the current site since 1830

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… it was clear that major damage had been sustained to the mill. The rag loft was completely gutted. Other adjoining buildings were also damaged, as was the water turbine and the launder

On 5th May 1914 a major fire started in the rag loft at

Stowford Paper Mill

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… it was clear that major damage had been sustained to the mill. The rag loft was completely gutted. Other adjoining buildings were also damaged, as was the water turbine and the launder

On 5th May 1914 a major fire started in the rag loft at Stowford Paper Mill
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… it was clear that major damage had been sustained to the mill. The rag loft was completely gutted. Other adjoining buildings were also damaged, as was the water turbine and the launder

On 5th May 1914 a major fire started in the rag loft at Stowford Paper Mill
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NUMBER, PLEASE ?

For decades the Telephone Exchange in Ivybridge was located above the Post Office in Fore Street. The manual switchboards were operated by trained telephonists.

NUMBER, PLEASE ?

For decades the Telephone Exchange in Ivybridge was located above the Post Office in Fore Street. The manual switchboards were operated by trained telephonists.

” NUMBER, PLEASE ? “

For decades the Telephone Exchange in Ivybridge was located above the Post Office in Fore Street. The manual switchboards were operated by trained telephonists.

Fore Street   Ivybridge

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