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 1st April, 13th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November & 2nd December in the Church Hall, Baptist Church, Carey Road, Townstal at 10.00 am. All welcome.

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.

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
On Saturday 18 May 2019, Dartmouth History Research Group will host the Devon History Society’s Summer Meeting at the Flavel Arts Centre. Hear about Dartmouth’s rich history in a programme of talks in the morning and walks in the afternoon. Includes exhibition of Dartmouth Town Regalia.

Event free for DHRG members - join us, membership is free too! Contact:
Bookings by 10 May through the Devon History Society website at

Buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments available (at cost), must be booked in advance.

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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