The Book of Dartington Parish
The book of Dartington Parish by Michael G.D. MacLening
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The Book of Dartington Parish
Michael G.D. MacLening

This book tells the story of the parish of Dartington. The village itself lies in the picturesque South Hams area of South Devon, two miles from the ancient town of Totnes, and the 12-mile parish boundary encompasses many hamlets, with 14th century thatched, cob walled cottages, some of the oldest in the West of England.

First mentioned in AD883 as Dartington-ham, and in the Domesday Book of 1086, the Manor was held by one of William the Conqueror's Norman captains. For centuries on one of the oldest trade routes in the country, pack horses loaded with tin, wool and hides from Dartmoor passed through on their way to the ships on the River Dart at Totnes.

With the arrival of the Elmhirsts in 1926, big developments took place, new housing estates were built and industries started, along with what became the famous Dartington College of Arts. During early 1944 the Parish was 'occupied' by American troops prior to the D-Day landings. Today The Shops at Dartington (formerly known as The Cider Press Centre) is a major attraction in what remains one of Devon's best-known parishes.

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