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 about Dartmouth,s past. Our next meetings are on Monday 7th September, 5th October, 2nd November & 7th December in the Baptist Church meeting room at 10.00 am.

WW1 Exhibition - Names on War Memorial
The Dartmouth History Research Group have been researching the details of all the men named on the Dartmouth War Memorial who died in WW1, as well as those buried at St.Clement's and at Long Cross Cemetery and others mentioned in obituaries in the Chronicles between 1914 and 1917. Please tell us if you have any more information.

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 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

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, it is 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.

The Lost Chapel of St Clare
A recently transcribed Indenture of 1784 establishing a Poorhouse for Townstal describes St Cleeres Chapel as the property to be used. After much controversy we can now place the lost Chapel at the top of Browns Hill, and not as has been suggested in the past on the North side of Clarence Hill.

WW I The Great War
The History Group have been working with the Dartmouth museum to display information and artifacts to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, The Great War. Gail Ham and Eric Preston have researched and compiled information on the many local men killed and this is now available on the website, simply enter 103086 in the search box and click on Go.

WW II Dartmouths Evacuees from Acton London
On the 1st September 1939 children from Acton Central School boarded a train at Acton main line station for Kingsbridge in Devon where the Girls remained while the boys were taken by bus to Dartmouth.World War with Germany was declaired two days later.
In April 2008 a plaque was unveiled to commorate the event, archive information through Newspaper cuttings can be found on the website by entering 103087 into the search page.