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Strete during the 1920s

Blackawton during the 1920s


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The Blackawton with Strete History Group was set up in 2001. A few people living in both villages found they had a common interest in local history so BASH was born.

The two villages have always had close links. Strete was an integral part of Blackawton parish until the late 19th century. In 1881 Strete became an ecclesiastical parish in its own right, but it only became a discrete civil parish in 1935 when the princely sum of 7 was allotted to establish the new Strete Parish Council. 

Some early research carried out by members provided sufficient material for the Group to produce a couple of booklets on various aspects of local history. More recently BASH was involved with the production of a more ambitious book  The Land We Left Behind which commemorated the evacuation of the area in 1943.

Today BASH members are active on two major projects Living Memories, a collection of historic pictures of the area together with recorded interviews of people who have lived in the villages for a long time, and Life into Landscape, through which we are charting the ancient history of the area with the help of a professional archaeologist. 

BASH currently has over fifty members, and we run a lively programme of talks and visits on matters of local interest.

 For more information about BASH and its activities contact Anne on 01803 712662 or email historybash@hotmail.co.uk.


Link to the Dartmouth History Research Group website

Blackawton and Strete History Group 2008