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W. Fuller & Sons – Courtenay Nurseries –Queen Street – 1927     W. Fuller & Sons – Courtenay Nurseries – Queen Street - c1900 (The Street Numbering changed sometime between 1870 and ...
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The People's Museum. The new museum will be brimming full of objects that share the stories of the town over decades. Each object on display is special and holds its own tale. We want...

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In the Victorian era infant mortality was very high; of the 800,000 births recorded in England in 1880, about 120,000 died before their first Birthday. Of these deaths about 60,000 were due to inadequ...
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The Great Stink was the elegant name given to terrible smell that pervaded central London, during   July and August 1858. It had been a particularly hot summer, which exacerbated the smell of unt...

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Info for this article taken from East and South Devon Advertiser 3rd October 1896 In August 1896 a certain Mr W Roberts on his retirement as an Assistant Overseer[1], was invited to relate his memori...

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Di Nicholls[2] wished that the Miners Lamp presented to her in 1985 by the Miners of the Treharris Deep Navigation Mine, should be donated to the Newton Abbot & GWR Museum. This is the story beh...

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It was January 1949; war time rationing was still in force, with some foods more strictly rationed than during the war. Bread was rationed during the years 1946 -48, potatoes briefly in 1947, tea unti...

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Honeymooning in Devon in 1947 Paul Maher and his wife Pamela found much to remind them of their native Newfoundland. Here is Paul Maher’s own account of his discovery of The Newfoundland Hotel [1]. ‘...

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    David Bowen, a local Postcard Collector and Museum Talk contributor, acquired this postcard which purported to be in Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot. And yet, extensive research of...

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The early 20th Century was period before the internet and TV, jobs were hard to find, many lived in inadequate housing, sometimes without running water or electricity and money was short. Pleasures ...
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    This engraving of Courtenay Street has been dated at c1855. Three commercial premises can be identified, Michelmore’s, W. Drew, and Beazley’s Globe Hotel. Michelmore’s was owned and...
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        This photo was taken about 1931 of John Stirling’s, the Dispensing Chemist at 4 Courtenay Street. The Lady in the doorway is probably Mary Stiling who was the Manager...
An exciting opportunity to apply for a paid role in the museum!   Role: Museum Assistant Organisation: Newton Abbot Museum Salary:           ...

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ARCHITECTURAL tours of Newton Abbot are set to feature in a programme of free events this September as part of the national Heritage Open Days 2018 initiative, England favourite and biggest heritage e...

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  £800,000 National Lottery funding for Newton’s Place    THE team behind the Newton’s Place museum and community space project is celebrating confirmation of National Lottery fundin...

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The museum is delighted to welcome Amy McCarthy to the Newton’s Place team. An award winning stained glass and mixed media artist, she has completed many community projects already and has a wealth of...
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  This gentleman is Charles Kay, also known as Charles Beachcroft Kay, C B K Beachcroft, and even Jack Trent. As his many aliases may suggest, he was quite a character: famous (some would say in...
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  Our volunteers meet up monthly with our Community Officer, Kate Green. It's their chance to chat with one another, get updates on the progress of Newton's Place and give us feedback on anythin...
To view the Planning and Listed Building Applications for Newton's Place please click on relevant link. Bat Mitigation Method Statement Bat Survey  Limited Structural Report Building Control ...

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  This week's blog comes from Tess Walker, volunteer extraordinaire and shares what our trusty team have been up to behind-the-scenes to get the museum ready for the Big Move to Newton's Place. ...