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Alleged child murder at Kenton

If you are a fan of Who Do You Think You Are you will probably remember the story of Danny Dyer’s great great grandmother and the account of her concealment of the birth and death of her illegitimate child. It … Continue reading

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The Old Post Office, Kenton

I recently came across the best picture I have seen of the old post office in Kenton. Most of the pictures I have seen have come from old postcards and are part of group scenes of The Triangle, but this … Continue reading

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A story of disability from the Overseers’ Accounts

Another trip to the Devon Heritage Centre has uncovered a disturbing story that left me feeling rather uncomfortable. Names are important. In many ways they define us. They are how we identify ourselves to the world and how the world … Continue reading

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John Rack, a child that was found

A recent visit to London’s Foundling Museum prompted me to follow up the story of a local foundling. Thomas Coram established the Foundling Hospital in London in 1739. He had been moved by the sight of children abandoned on the streets … Continue reading

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Homes for the workers

In my previous post I discussed the Victorian architecture of Kenton. This time I am considering the social background to the building which took place after the fire had destroyed so many homes. During the 1840s, and largely as a … Continue reading

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Kenton’s Victorian architecture

The consequences of the devastating 1856 fire previously described, and the decision to build a different style of house, can now be seen across the extent of the former Devon Estates’ lands. Kenton itself would be changed dramatically. Teignbridge District … Continue reading

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The ‘Great Fire’ of Kenton

It seems that no community is complete without its own Great Fire! So numerous were fires in nineteenth century Devon that Frank Gentry was able to craft an entire book around descriptions of disastrous examples in small Devonshire towns.[i] Perhaps … Continue reading

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