Dartmouths first car
While Thomas Newcomen, inventor of the first successful steam engine, is now a household name in Dartmouth, there is another engineer who is much less well known: Harry Inder, who designed and built the first motor cars in Dartmouth.
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Future meetings
Why not come to one of our meetings, find out what we do & if you can help or tell us what interest you have about Dartmouth's past. We meet in the Church Hall, Baptist Church, Carey Road, Townstal at 10.00am. All welcome. Normally these meetings take place on the first Monday of each month, but currently our meetings are cancelled until further notice due to the Coronavirus crisis. When we are able to resume, we will update this website with the dates of our meetings.

Directory of Dartmouth Shops
The Group have been compiling a directory of the Dartmouth shops from the early 1900's to the present day, based on information from early Directories, memories of older Dartmothians and recent records.The shops are recorded by street names and numbers where known. Separate files are included for north, central and south Dartmouth. Note that this database is still being compiled and is not yet complete.

Dartmouth History Research Group's website. This site is designed to assist those interested in researching the history of Dartmouth and its environs. It has been produced by Group members in order to ensure that copies of documents and family records from Dartmouth residents, businesses and public services such as The Town Council are recorded for use by future generations. The web-site has been designed to make access to information and the location of documents as easy as possible using either the category listings or the search page.

If you have any ideas or suggestions to improve the site or identify any problems please let us know at

two old documents and an old photo of a woman
Over the centuries Dartmouth has been home to many seamen who achieved fame through their sailing exploitsOne of these is John Bulley, a sea captain born in 1798 who travelled the world and often achieved record speeds for his voyages.But until the final years of his life Dartmouth was the home to which he always returned.In addition to his exploits as a captain on the high seas, he was also a prominent local personality on land. He was mayor of the town in 1840, and deeply involved in many aspects of business and local politics.Through detailed research it has been possible to record the fascinating tale of this 19th century Dartmothianís exploits.††
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