Feniton History Group 28th Meeting

Feniton History Group held the 28th meeting at the Nog Inn on the 8th Mar. 2012

Very pleased to see so many join us for a talk and slide show given by Philippe Planel from the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Phil explained to us how the ANOB project is using the work of Peter Orlando Hutchinson to survey a then and now picture of East Devon. 

Peter Orlando Hutchinson, born in Winchester in 1810, lived his adult life in East Devon, he was a man of many talents, a tractician, author and artist who documented and painted our area giving a wonderful record to compare with the shape of the landscape today.

This web link explains things better than my note taking in the darkened room !!

Phil explained that the tithe maps are a useful tool for land analysis, we have a useful set of maps for Feniton drawn up by Geoff, I will bring these to the next meeting.

The slides Phil showed explained the very early archaeology sites found around the area, some standing stones, which may have  been moved due to the need to grow crops, a flint ring burial site on East Hill and the work to date and clear vegetation to reveal the mounds. The changes brought with the land enclosures. The team have talked to the local villagers and farmers who would remember where the old sites were. There are opportunities for volunteers on the ground or transcribing in the Devon Record Office.

There is to be a conference on this work at the Norman Lockyer Observatory on 14th April 2012
Details available from this link:

This is the link to the Characterization maps that are the result of this project.

Thank you to Phil for giving us his time to talk to us and also to Brenda and Keith for the use of the projector screen.

Also we must thank Mike and Rosemarie of the Nog Inn for making the Lounge Bar (pool room) available to us.

The next meeting will be at Colesworthy on 15th March 2:30 pm to plan the DRO table.
The next Nog Inn meeting will be on 12th April at 8 pm.