Bayards Cove
Our book on the history of Bayards Cove has proved to be very popular. There is still more to be discovered about the Cove so it is good news that the owner of Holset House on the quay, has offered to help us with our research. If anybody else has information we would love to hear from them.

Thomas Newcomen of Dartmouth
Sales of this booklet, jointly produced by the DHRG and the D&K Society, continue to go well. So far over 580 copies have been sold.They are available from the Dartmouth Community Bookshop, the Tourist Information Centre and Dartmouth Museum.

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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Dartmouth History Research Group's web-site. 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
Our new look Website
The History Group site was first set up in 2006 it was not foreseen how it would grow both in the amount of information and in visitor numbers and it has to some extent become a victim of its own success with problems occasionally being experienced both in finding archive information which was on the site and in uploading new material in its various formats.

With the aim of improving both these aspects without radically redesigning the site we were looking for some time to find a web designer with a background in sites with contents such as ours. We were very fortunate in being given the name of such a person.

The first change you will have noticed is the opening page, this now has facilities for news items such as information new additions to the archives or perhaps request for help in researching a topic etc.

Search facilities are now to be found on their own page, click on Search. You will notice that the A to Z has gone, this had lead to some duplication of material. Much more use is being made of Key Words and over the coming months we will be adding these where deficiencies are found to exist. Please let us know if you experienced problems in finding information.

We hope you will enjoy using the new format. If you have any ideas or suggestions, identify any problems or simply wish to contact us please do so at

DVD of Jacks Walk to School in the 1920s
Here at last
Join Jack McKay on his journey from his home at Sandquay to the Infants school in Higher Street.
Hear the story of the submarine on Coombe Mud and about the people who lived on route and the shops he passed
A unique insight into life in Dartmouth in those days.
First shown at the Dartmouth History Groupís 21st birthday presentation at the Flavel Centre
Available through this website, Dartmouth Museum or the Community Bookshop.

To hear the full interview enter 102655 in the search box

RRP £ 6.00 + P & P.