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A Devon Village – Life in Victorian Christow


A Devon Village – Life in Victorian Christow, by Graham Thompson

The first comprehensive account of village life in Christow in the Victorian era

In the first comprehensive account of village life in Christow in the Victorian era, local author Graham Thompson has uncovered some remarkable facts.

The village contained a serial criminal who spent 17 years on and off in gaol but never seemed to learn his lesson – and a Victorian prison was no easy option. He’s also found out about the 15 year old kitchen maid who lifted herself up to become a nursing sister in Colchester, Essex at a time when such a feat was very rare, especially for a woman.

Graham has brought his forensic research skills to bear on education, entertainment, religion and crime. His latest book, A Devon Village – Life in Victorian Christow, explains how villagers coped with poverty and looks at the various statistics dealing with life, marriage and death.

All of this makes it an ideal companion for anyone researching their family history, but it adds much more to the life of the village, bringing to life just how people spent their time before there were phones, televisions, modern domestic appliances or cars.

All sales proceeds will go to Teign Valley Museum & Archive Trust operating as Teign Valley History Centre. The Trust is cataloguing and digitising its archive which has about 10,000 items and artefacts. It will run exhibitions on different subjects. When digitising is complete anyone will be able to access our collection whilst we invite anyone to either give or loan items of interest. Our wish to create a permanent exhibition in a purpose-built building remains a key target.

Books are available from Graham Thompson

180 pp, paperback
The price is £16.99 + £2.30 P&P . For members of Teign Valley History Group there is a discounted price of £15 + P&P

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