Early Vicars of Okehampton

Early Vicars of Okehampton

At the meeting of the Devonshire Association at Okehampton in 1925, Mr T Cann Hughes read a paper on the Post Reformation Vicars. These notes deal with them before the Reformation . As is to be expected, the further back we go, the greater the difficulty of collecting...
Piskies – Are You A Believer?

Piskies – Are You A Believer?

Ever since visitors have been arriving to experience and enjoy Dartmoor, those with a nose for business have been selling them lucky piskies in all shapes and sizes. But why do they sell so well? Is it just a bit of fun or deep down do we want to believe that these...
A Touch of the Vapours

A Touch of the Vapours

This expression is often used today when being melodramatic or just for comedic effect, but for centuries it was associated with many different conditions that mainly affected women. Smelling salts have been used to rouse people from a faint since at least the 13th...
Early History of St James Chapel

Early History of St James Chapel

​ St. James was built as a Chantry Chapel where Prayers were said for the souls of the dead. It was probably built by Reginald Courtenay who obtained a licence from the Pope (Alexander 111 ) in 1178. However, it was during the period of office of John Gyffard, Vicar,...
The Vicar of Okehampton in 1385 and his Goods and Chattels

The Vicar of Okehampton in 1385 and his Goods and Chattels

A fascinating glimpse into the life of a wealthy Mediaeval occupant of Okehampton.10 September 1375  In the calendar of Patent Rolls was written: Yestbrook or Estebroke, Richard The Presentation of Richard Yestbroke, Chaplain, to the Vicarage of Okehampton, in the...