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The Widecombe-in-the-Moor website promotes all aspects of Widecombe and Dartmoor life, past, present and future, for the use of local people, visitors, and all who are interested. Please enjoy exploring the site.

Sexton's Cottage: We are really pleased that the Sexton's Cottage is occupied again and what better than with the Gallery and Gift shop. Do pay it a visit.

Village and Craft Markets: The 2024 dates for the village market and the craft market dates are in. All the dates can be viewed on the What's On page

Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot: Claire and Geoff Partridge are organising a clay pigeon shoot in aid of Ashburton Search and Rescue and Widecombe Sports Group. Date: 6th July 2024. Click for more details.

Revisiting Some Medieval Documents of Widecombe Church Booklet Cover

Revisiting Some Medieval Documents of Widecombe Church: This reprint of a paper that first appeared in the 2023 Devonshire Association Transactions describes the results of research into Widecombe Church's earliest surviving documents dating between 1250-1285. Some new interpretations have been made that revise our current understanding of the church's history. Find out more and order your own copy here. Sold in aid of Widecombe Church.

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Widecombe's Ancient Landscape: Visitors and residents alike should find plenty to interest them in this extensively illustrated new book about Widecombe, its valley and the surrounding landscape and settlements. It will be your companion as you explore the area and spot things you had never noticed before or if you are reading it at home and uncovering some unexpected snippets of information. Click for full details.

World War Two: A new section of the website has been compiled that tells the stories of those from the parishes of Buckland-in-the-Moor, Leusdon, Postbridge and Widecombe-in-the Moor who served in the Second World War and did not return. Click to view.

British Army Crest
Royal Navy Crest
Royal Air Force Crest
War Service Badge
British Army Crest
Royal Navy Crest
Royal Air Force Crest
War Service Badge

Banner Pictures: You can find out more about the banner pictures in the Banner Gallery

Welfare in Widecombe 1700-1900 Cover

Welfare in Widecombe 1700-1900: Do you wonder how the poor and vulnerable survived in the 18th and 19th centuries without central government help? What about the elderly? And what happened to children? What happened if you just could not work? This extensively illustrated, beautifully produced book written by Roger Claxton, published by Widecombe History Group, explores these questions in the context of general welfare provision in Widecombe long before the welfare state as we know it today. Click for full details. All profits from the sale of the book will benefit local causes, including Donate for Dartmoor. Welfare in Widecombe won the Devon History Society Local Society Book of the Year Award for 2021.

Poor on the Moor: We have added a series of short talks exploring how the poor of Widecombe were looked after during the 18th and 19th centuries. Click for more details.

North Hall booklet publication: This new booklet, published by Moor than meets the eye, tells the story of the lost manor of Widecombe. Click for more information.

The Book of the Widecombe Roll of Honour: This special book, completed for Armistice Day 2018 and kept in Widecombe Church, has now also been made available online. It can be viewed here.

Parish Link: To view and/or download the latest Parish Link in pdf format, click here.

Leusdon Memorial Hall: For details of what is on, facilities, and how to book, click here.

Widecombe Community Hall CIO Logo  New Community Hall: For the latest on the new community hall, click here.

Moor Than Meets The Eye: The 'Welcome to Widecombe' project is now complete and the results can be seen around the village with information boards and brass-rubbing posts installed.

Digital Archive: Visit the Widecombe Digital Archive with its substantial quantity of online assets including Apprenticeships, Churchyard Headstones, Tithe Apportionments and other Parish Chest contents including Overseers' Accounts and Churchwardens' Accounts.

Local History: Visit the local history section to discover more about aspects of Widecombe's intriguing history.

Getting Here: If you have trouble travelling to Widecombe by public transport, this website may help you out. Give www.traveldevon.info a try. In fact it will help you with your travel throughout Devon.

Village Map: Please take a look at our Google Map of Widecombe Village Centre.

Memories of a bygone era. An Austin 7 passes by Widecombe Church
Memories of a bygone era. Sent in by Alan Rawson. You can click on the picture for a larger view. See more pictures in Picture of the Month.

The Widecombe Valley
Widecombe-in-the-Moor lies in the Widecombe Valley in beautiful Dartmoor in Devon, England. Click on the picture for a larger view.

For more details of Widecombe, click here. To enjoy a Day Out in and around Widecombe, click here.

If you are thinking of staying in or around Widecombe on holiday, then you must visit the Where To Stay section for the best places to stay in and around Widecombe.

This website provides topical news of what is happening within the Community for the use of us all. If you have anything you would like mentioned then please send us an email.

We would like to express our thanks to our business and accommodation advertisers for their continuing support. If you would like to advertise on this site, please click here for more details.

Don't forget our books and links page. A link has been added to the Devon County Council Community site.

Ponies on Widecombe Green
Picture of the Month. Please send us your pictures with a seasonal and Widecombe theme. We will pick the best and publish them here with any comments you might like to add.

Fritillary Butterfly
Nature Notes. Our Nature Notes page records local items of interest concerning wildlife, flora etc etc. Please send us any tit-bits of your own to include on the page. Have a look at : fritillary butterfly  or click on the picture on the left for a larger image.

This site was last updated on 23rd June 2024

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