The Cornish Coastal Pullman

The Cornish Coastal Pullman

A full day out from Wolverhampton and Tame Bridge to Penzance. The train was double-headed by two LSL Class 47 locomotives 47593 which is named Galloway Princess and 47614 plus eleven Pullman luxury coaches. The train set off at 5.09am and arrived at Penzance at 1pm ...

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HST Midland Pullman

HST Midland Pullman

The Midland Pullman is owned and run by Locomotive Services Ltd. ( LSL) The tour was from Eastleigh to Penzance and was the first occasion that the train has been to Devon & Cornwall. The power cars were numbers 43055 and 43046 which is named Geoff Drury...

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Dawlish Brewery

Dawlish Brewery

At the end of the 17th century, there were six or seven pubs in a village of about 2000 residents. By 1845, there were more than a dozen and the population had increased to about 4000 people. Now, there are about 14,000 living in Dawlish and there are only eight pubs...

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The Funeral – Royal Visitor

The Funeral – Royal Visitor

Having written about the auction of the Dawlish Brewery in 1825 by my four greats grandfather, John Force, I have to say that I enjoyed writing about an actual event, even if the details of the story were a figment of my imagination. The problem was, as I mentioned in...

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At the fall of the hammer

At the fall of the hammer

My previous blog introduced Mary and her family, and it gave me the idea that my imagination could create an adventure out of any situation, even if it was only a work of fiction. However, I wanted to use a real event and weave a story where I could influence...

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Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing

Welcome to my latest musings about the past in Dawlish, which have formed the basis of my second book about the town: Eavesdropper – Dawlish Tales from Long Ago. For those of you who have been following these blogs, I have now recounted snippets of half a dozen tales...

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A Watery Tale

A Watery Tale

  Welcome to my latest blog and musings about Dawlish in days gone by. For much of its history, Dawlish remained a small and insignificant village where nothing ever really happened. The villagers lived their lives generation after generation, either tilling the...

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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...

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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...

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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 dozen...

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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,...

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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...

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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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Dawlish History in the Making

Dawlish History in the Making

From Sunday the 7th February 2021, we are excited to introduce to you a weekly blog post by local historian and author, David Force. You may have seen us post many historic photos over the years on our Facebook page that David shares and now he will be teaching us a bit more about Dawlish town over the years.

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10 Million Views

10 Million Views

On the 17th of October 2019, I was out doing my Dawlish rounds, taking photos for social media when I bumped into Don, the waterfowl warden. He was ushering the black swans and their one-week-old cygnets into the brook as the seagulls on the lawn behind us were very...

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