Dawlish – Anglo-Saxons times

Dawlish – Anglo-Saxons times

I do hope you are enjoying reading about the tales in my book of short stories: “Eavesdropper – Dawlish Tales from Long Ago.” Whenever I have done a talk about Dawlish, I have always said that the earliest settlement in Dawlish itself was established by the...
Iron Age warriors

Iron Age warriors

Here is my latest offering about the tales in my book of short stories about the past in Dawlish, “Eavesdropper – Dawlish Tales from Long Ago.” Those of you who have been following the tales will remember that, so far, I have witnessed adventures in 1840, 1740, 1640...
The Wedding

The Wedding

The Wedding. Continuing my blog about the book: ‘Eavesdropper – Dawlish Tales from Long Ago’, we now reach Chapter 3 – ‘The Wedding’. By now, I was beginning to feel that I had enough material to write a book; not necessarily a full-length tome, but maybe half a...
The Sea Rescue

The Sea Rescue

When I started thinking about a fourth short story to include in my book, ‘Eavesdropper – Dawlish Tales from Long Ago’, I intended to go back another hundred years to the time when Henry VIII was on the throne and falling out with the Catholic Church. However,...
The birth of Dawlish as a seaside resort

The birth of Dawlish as a seaside resort

By the time Brunel’s railway came through Dawlish in 1846, Dawlish had already established itself as a seaside resort and watering place for wealthy Georgians and Victorians. This was in no small part thanks to King George 111, who reigned from 1760 until 1820. He...
Brunel and the coming of the railway

Brunel and the coming of the railway

When I was looking for a subject to write a short story about Dawlish, Isambard Kingdom Brunel seemed to be the obvious choice. Not only is his name very well known, but his influence on Dawlish was immense during the 19th century. Even now, the railway through...

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