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History Alive: Saturday 10th September 2022

Did you know that the two strip fields across the valley are what remain of fields that were reserved for the use of lepers who lived in the hospital of St Mary Magdalen in Taddiport from the 14th to the 17th century?

Join us on Saturday 10th September 2022 to find out more about Great Torrington’s fascinating heritage at our History Alive event!  Activities will be taking place all over the town all day – please see below for details.  A programme will be published prior to the event and will be available for collection from the Town Council, Tourist Information Centre and various other outlets across the town:

Timed Events:

Time: What: Where

10am: Official Opening Town Square

10am – 12 noon: Torrington Silver Band: Town Square

10am – 12 noon: Torrington Historical Society Oral History Coffee Morning: Methodist Church, Mill Street

10-11am & 1:30 – 2:30pm: Rolle Canal Society Guided Tour: Starts & ends at Puffing Billy (total distance approx. 1 mile)

10am – 1pm: Great Torrington Bowling Club “Open House”: The Bowling Club, The Green, Castle Street

11:30am – 12:30pm & 3-4pm: Tarka Valley Railway Tour: Starts & ends at Puffing Billy (no more than 1 mile)

2pm: The Great Cemetery Scandal Talk by Peter Christie: Great Torrington Town Hall

2-4pm: Costumed Bowls Competition: The Bowling Club, The Green, Castle Street

All Day Events (10am – 4pm unless otherwise stated):

What: Where

Costumed Market Day (10am – 2pm): Pannier Market

Mayfair Exhibition: Great Torrington Town Hall

Wardour Garrison (17th C Living History): RHS Rosemoor

History of Glass Making in Great Torrington: Dartington Crystal

15th C Living History Encampment: Castle Hill Gardens

Open Day at Cawsey House: 28 South Street

17th C Costumed Guides: Physic Garden, Castle Hill

Historical Characters: Throughout the town