Ivybridge Heritage Published Articles

Stowford Mill Published Article

STOWFORD PAPER MILL

A brief history of this important employer in Ivybridge. It manufactured high quality paper for 226 years before closing at the end of 2013.

Henry John Fice Lee Published Article

HENRY JOHN FICE LEE

Mr Lee was a prominent member of the community of Ivybridge, serving on the Urban District Council as well as being a successful businessman running a flour and provender mill in the heart of the village.

London Hotel Published Article.

THE LONDON HOTEL

Established in the 1780s, the London Inn was conveniently located on the main coach road. It remained an hotel in Ivybridge until the 1990s.

Local Government Published Article.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

An overview of the development of local government in Ivybridge and the siting of boundary stones marking the area of jurisdiction.

M Willcocks

MARY WILLCOCKS

Mary Patricia Willcocks has been described as Devon’s forgotten feminist.  She was born at Cleeve, near Ivybridge.

Aeroplane named after Ivybridge

IVYBRIDGE AEROPLANE

In 1918 as part of an initiative to raise money for the war effort an incentive was given to Ivybridge. If the local association was able to secure investments in War Bonds and War Savings Certificates totalling £4,500, an aeroplane would be named after the village.

Football Portals AFC

PORTALS ATHLETIC AFC

Portals Athletic Football Club has origins dating back to 1923 but the club’s real heyday was during the 1950s and 1960s when they achieved outstanding success.

Navvies building viaduct

NAVVIES IN IVYBRIDGE

The task of building  a new viaduct in Ivybridge during the late nineteenth century was very labour intensive. The name for workmen constructing the railways was “navvies” and the 1891 Ivybridge census recorded a significant number of ‘workmen in temporary residence, engaged in the upgrading and double tracking of the Great Western Railway’.

New World Tapestry and WI

NEW WORLD TAPESTRY

In 1980, a project got underway to create a tapestry depicting England’s attempts to colonise Newfoundland, North America, the Guianas and Bermuda, between the years 1583 and 1642. One of the 24 panels was produced in Ivybridge by volunteers from the Women’s Institute.

War Memorial unveiling in Ivybridge

ARMISTICE

On the morning of 11 November 1918 the ringing of the large bell in Ivybridge apprised the village that the Armistice with Germany had been signed. On 24th September 1922, a war memorial was unveiled remembering all those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice.