October Newsletter now available ....... Next meeting at the Manor House Dawlish Tuesday 1st November 2-30pm. Talk entitled “The Duel on Haldon, 1833” by David Pugsley....

Welcome to the Dawlish Local History Group website. We are a well-established group of Dawlish residents who share an interest in all aspects of local history. This site is one of the best places for information on the history of Dawlish – please explore it.

We offer opportunities to discover and reflect on what life was like for residents and visitors to the local area in times past. This can be interesting and intriguing, and knowledge of the history of a place can provide a better understanding of the way it is now.


New members are always welcome. Please join us, or come along to one of our meetings to get to know us and what we can offer.
A printable membership is available by clicking here.

Talks and Presentations
We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Talks take place at the Manor House at 2.30pm, and are chosen to be both informative and entertaining. The subjects are wide ranging from the very local to Devon-wide and beyond. Recent examples include ‘Old Shops of Exeter’, ‘Christmas in Devon’, ‘Dawlish Pier - why there isn’t one’, and ‘The Jurassic Coast’. We also plan to hold occasional evening meetings.

In May, July and September friendly outings are arranged to places of historical interest. Among the places we have been in the last few years are Torre Abbey, Topsham, Exeter Cathedral Library, Haccombe Church, and the Kelly Mine.


In 2015 and 2016 members of Dawlish Local History Group and Dawlish Museum worked together to present a free History Open Day event for the local community, with financial support from Dawlish Town Council. For 2017 we are hoping to present an open day event on a specific historical theme. In addition members will sometimes lead a guided heritage walk in the local area. Two self guided walks around Dawlish, which include the historical detail for many of the buildings in the town, can be found under MAPS


Research and Publications
The group undertakes research on the history of Dawlish and district, both as a result of enquiries received, and on subjects which interest individual members. To help with this research we maintain an archive of historical information collected by members over the past 20+ years, and we have close contacts with Dawlish Museum.
As a result of this research the Group has published over 30 booklets on a wide range of Dawlish subjects, and more are planned. They cover houses, notable residents, industry, shops, education, tourism, Dawlish Warren, the railway, and even Dawlish’s famous black swans. This website has a full list of available publications.