The Book of Ilsington

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A fascinating history of the parish in 16 chapters :-

1 Ilsington Village
Photographs, maps and narrative showing how the village has changed over the ages.
2 The Church and Methodism
Parish Church, Church lands, Tombstones, Ilsington Schoolroom Disaster, Bellringing, Church music, Church people, Methodism.
3 Schools
School photographs through the ages.
4 Sports and Entertainment
Cock Fighting, Hare Hunting, Cricket, Football, Flower Show, Sheepdog Trials.
5 Beating the Bounds
Photographs of recent ceremonies.
6 Mines and Mining
Maps and photographs of mines and quarries - local uses of Haytor granite.
7 Travel and Transport
The first bus service.
8 Ilsington in Wartime
From the Civil War to the World Wars.
9 The Parish council
Parish Council deliberations from its beginning in 1894.
10 Twinning
A brief history of twinning with Brasparts and Ste.Marguerite d'Elle.
11 Ilsington Characters
Fascinating stories about local characters, some famous, all interesting.
12 Hotels, Inns and Guesthouses
History and photographs.
13 The Manor House
The sad story of what happened to the old manor house.
14 Settlements, Hamlets and Farms.
 A history of each area within the Parish. Historical photographs and aerial views
15 Narracombe - Portrait of a Farm
A history of the author's own farm,
16 An Ilsington Farming Miscellany
Photographs from the days of horse power.

Author Dick Wills, Published by Halsgrove, ISBN 1 84114 060 0

Available from all good bookshops or online from Halsgrove.

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