Ivybridge has two Parish Stones and two County Stones all located close to the old Ivy Bridge. Additionally, it has one of only four surviving milestones from the original Plymouth to Exeter thoroughfare.
Various bridges have been constructed over the years to afford passage over the River Erme. Not all of these bridges remain today.
Long before the Glanvilles Mill shopping centre existed, a corn mill and provender mill known locally as Lee’s Mill occupied the site in Fore Street
Ivybridge had its first Post Office around 1830 located on Western Road. It later moved to Fore Street. For decades the Telephone Exchange in Ivybridge was located above the Post Office.
The first Ordnance Survey map of Devon was produced in 1809. Benchmarks are survey marks recording heights above Ordnance Datum (usually mean sea level). If the exact height of one benchmark is known, the exact height of the next can be found by measuring the difference in heights, through a process of spirit levelling.
Longtimber Woods is an area of 53 acres consisting of mainly broadleaf trees and a variety of shrubs. It has been used by local people for walks, swimming and picnics.
- Redlake Tramway
- Processes & Daily Life at Redlake
- Redlake during the Great War
- The Ivybridge China Clay Company
In 1910 a single track, three-foot gauge railway running eight miles from the China Clay pits at Redlake to the drying sheds at Cantrell was constructed.
China Clay washed from the ground flowed into settling tanks and then dried in a pan kiln before being transported away by train to Plymouth Docks
From diary entries and accounts of a local farmer, rural life in Ivybridge from the 1930s onwards is revealed.
Under the ownership of Portals between 1924 and 1930 an athletic club was formed and in later years the mill would purchase two sports fields for the employees to enjoy their leisure activities.
- The use of rags in paper making
- Mill Fire
- Mill Manufacturing & Modernisation
- Security Document Paper
- Mill Scrapbook
- Stowford Mill Bicentenary
- Stowford Mill Sports & Social Club
A paper mill was established in Ivybridge in 1787 and production continued for the next 226 years until the incumbent owners closed the site at the end of 2013.
Before any method of separating cellulose was discovered to produce woodpulp, paper was manufactured exclusively from discarded clothing, sailcloth, ropes and other fibrous products.
A major fire broke out at Stowford Paper Mill on 5th May 1914 with devastating consequences. A newspaper report from the day after recalls the event in detail.
The provision of high quality watermarked paper was a key asset of Stowford Paper Mill. A watermark bearing the mill’s name was produced as early as 1843 and the very last commemorating 226 years of continuous paper production was created in 2013. This topic is spread over several web pages.
Spread over two web pages, the manufacturing processes and gradual modernisation of the paper mill from the 1950s is documented in a scrapbook style.
The provision of security papers was a core business activity for the paper mill and many paper documents we all have at home were manufactured in Ivybridge.
The Mill scrapbook delves into the social events enjoyed by the employees of the paper mill over the decades.
In 1987 Stowford Paper Mill celebrated 200 years of continuous operation. To mark the special occasion a commemorative plaque was unveiled and paper bearing a special 1787-1987 watermark was produced.
- Ivybridge Men of the Great War
- Horses at home and at war
- Stowford Lodge V.A.D Hospital
- News of Armistice in Ivybridge
During the four years of hostilities a large number of young men from Ivybridge, like everywhere in Britain, enlisted to serve their King and Country. Using details recorded in the parish magazines of the time, a chronological list of events along with the names of local men who enlisted, endured injury, received gallantry medals and who made the ultimate sacrifice is presented.
When World War 1 began in 1914 it was estimated that over 3 million horses were at work in Britain but the war was to become heavily dependent on horses to move the army and its supplies across Europe. Under the Impressment Act, owners had to surrender their horses if they were unable to prove that they were required for essential work.
From December 1917, Stowford Lodge, kindly lent by the owners of Stowford Paper Mill became a second line V. A. D. Hospital, providing 50 beds. Patients were generally less seriously wounded than at general hospitals and until its closure in January 1919, offered a comfortable haven for recuperation.
- Ivybridge during World War II & Civil Defence
- The Home Guard and the role of Ivybridge Women
- American Troops in Ivybridge
- Rationing & the End of the War
Ivybridge provided relatively safe accommodation for various government departments during the war years
The town’s air raid precautions were made up of air raid wardens, a report post, two ambulance units, a first aid post, a rescue squad and a decontamination squad in the event of a gas attack.
Ivybridge’s Home Guard was No.12 Platoon with a Drill Hall located in Victoria Park.
Many ladies in Ivybridge undertook a variety of jobs. Some could be performed in their own homes, whilst others required halls or the local school for the staging of emergency cooking demonstrations and similar skills
In May, 1943, the GIs of the 116th Infantry Regiment came to Ivybridge as part of Operation Bolero, a long-range plan for transferring and then accommodating almost 2 million American servicemen in Britain in the run-up to an invasion of Europe.
Millions of ration books were printed and people had to obtain these in order to buy food, clothing and motor fuel.
At the time of Churchill’s broadcast on the 8th May 1945 declaring that the was was over, it was documented that the streets of Ivybridge were deserted, everyone was in doors. However, from 6.30 onward, it was the complete reverse, crowds had flocked to the churches for special services and then later celebrations both at home and in the streets.
- BOUNDARY STONES
- BUILDINGS & PLACES
- DEVONSHIRE SCHOOL OF GARDENING
- INNS & PUBLIC HOUSES
- LAND SURVEYING & BENCHMARKS
- LONGTIMBER WOODS
- PEOPLE OF IVYBRIDGE
- PRIMROSES OF IVYBRIDGE
- RAILWAY STATION
- REDLAKE TRAMWAY
- RURAL LIFE IN IVYBRIDGE
- SCHOOLS IN IVYBRIDGE
- SPORT IN IVYBRIDGE
- STOWFORD PAPER MILL
- WORLD WAR I
- WORLD WAR II