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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Black swan deaths attributed to bird flu

Black swan deaths attributed to bird flu

Defra has confirmed today (Wednesday 11 November) that the deaths of several black swans, including five cygnets, in Dawlish this week is due to a strain of avian flu. On Monday this week (9 November), the death of one adult black swan and five cygnets was confirmed...

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Brunel Holiday Park Cam

Brunel Holiday Park Cam

For close to a year now we've all been enjoying our latest camera, Brunel Holiday Park cam. Unfortunately, since lockdown was lifted, the camera has become very temperamental as a result of the sheer number of people at Dawlish Warren. We've had a meeting with Brunel...

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Two Top & Tail Trains

Two Top & Tail Trains

On Friday 19th June, seen as they travelled from the Penzance Long Rock Depot to the Reading Traincare depot where the two sleeper trains of the Night Riviera service are based. GWR 57603 Tintagel Castle leading and 57605 Totnes Castle bringing up the rear of the five...

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Shortage of Social Media

Shortage of Social Media

Apologies for the shortage of social media posts recently, unfortunately, I became unwell on Monday 15th June and have been on bed rest ever since.

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