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Memories of a Wheelwright By Mike Rowland







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Memories of a Wheelwright By Mike Rowland with additional section by Greg Rowland ‘Sharpen your chisel so it will shave a dead mouse without waking it’ A long anticipated book celebrating Mike Rowland’s 65 years as a highly skilled wheelwright, together with his son Greg’s story of learning his craft and continuing the family tradition. This lavishly illustrated book, with a foreword by the Venerable David Gunn-Johnson, is available for £10 plus £2.50 p&p

Colyton History Revealed







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This newly published book lives up to its title by revealing a wide range of subjects in detail. From discovering that Colyton has been called the most haunted town in Devon to the French connection. The author covers the effects of civil war, the castle, significant houses, punishment, 19th century life the workhouse, a rebel,s own story, the oldest fire service and much more.

The most rebellious town in Devon



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In June 1685, over 100 sober and respectable citizens of the small Devon town of Colyton joined the Protestant Duke of Monmouth's rebellion. Some met their end on the battlefield of Sedgemoor whilst others were on the run, hiding and fearing for their lives. In the aftermath of trial and retribution, many were hanged whilst others ended up in slavery.








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Henry Pitman and the Colyton Rebel By Andrew Stephenson




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Henry Pitman and the Colyton Rebel By Andrew Stephenson.

 A tale of Armed Rebellion, Capture, Slavery in Barbados, Escape, Quackery and Life in the Turbulent 17th Century. A Good Read only £3.99 plus £1.90 P&P

Colyton at War




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In 1999 five members of Colyton Parish History Society each produced articles on different periods of the town's history. The aticles ranged from the early impact of man through Saxon, Norman, Tudor and later times. They were brought together in this book published in 2001. Sixteen illustrations help to provide a basic but fascinating insight into the parish.

Colyton at War






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Vivid stories from the memories of East Devon men and women recall what country life was like in the Second World War. How did evacuees, American soldiers, Land Army girls and prisoners of war get on with the locals? Would the Home Guard have saved us? Did the girl buried in rubble survive? What happened to the Germans from the crashed bomber? Were boys really sent into fields to search for unexploded bombs?

Colyton at War is available in two formats:
Book - £8.99 plus £2.50 p&p
DVD - £7.99 plus £2.50 p&p 

A filmed record of the original interviews telling the story of wartime East Devon, from the colourful memories of local men and women. A 3 disc set. £7.99

Exploring the Coly Valley 







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An excellent companion to begin exploration of Colyton Parish its footpaths and green lanes. Six circular walks, notes and illustrations.
"I had never been to this unspoiled and beautiful little Devonshire town before. It is a huddle of cream and pink washed thatched cottages collected round a silver-grey church tower and lies in a little lush valley with small hills around it." - John Betjeman

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