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 5th March, 9th April, 14th May, 4th June, 2nd July, 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November & 3rd December in the Baptist Church meeting room at 10.00 am.

Group Publications
Over the years the Group has published many books about the history of Dartmouth. Those that are now out of print are free to download as PDFs from this website. Have a look at our “Publications” section to see what’s available, 102822 in the seach box. You can also find details there of the titles that are still available to buy.

Schools in Dartmouth
The Dartmouth History Research Group are researching the history of schools in Dartmouth. We’ve done some research into schools up to 1875 and now want to take our research further, up to more modern times. If you have memories of schools in Dartmouth, or would like to get involved with this project, please get in touch at

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
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.

Dartmouth Then - Dartmouth Now
Publication of DHRG Booklet No. 39: “”We recently launched a new booklet, “Dartmouth Then – Dartmouth Now”, No.39 in our local history series. Researched and written by ex-local retailers Hilary Sunman and Peter Prynn, it describes how Dartmouth’s shops have changed during the last 50 years.They conclude that Dartmouth retains a sense of quiet sufficiency and vitality, unlike some other towns. The river and the sea continue to be at the heart of Dartmouth life.The booklet can be purchased from the Community Bookshop, the Museum or the TIC, price £4.

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 Dartmothian’s exploits.  
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