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Dartmouth is rich in history from the middle ages to modern times. The following are just a selection of the many articles about local hisory published by By The Dart magazine since 2008.

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Amongst Dartmouth’s many famous historical figures is one Reverend John Russell, who ‘created’ the Jack Russell hunting dog. more

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Dr Smith - economics expert, noted astronomer, Justice of the Peace and Mayor of Dartmouth - gave the gift of the perfect tool, named the Spectroscope, to astronomers. He was only sixteen. more

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Half a century in Dartmouth - a survey, street by street, of how shops and businesses in this small but important West Country town have been transformed in a lifetime. more

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Star of one of Britain’s most popular television shows of the 1970s: the Onedin Line. more

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Elections in 1859 were very different from today: it was dubbed the time of the ‘rotten borough’ and Dartmouth was the site of an election as rotten as a very rotten thing. more

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It took 613 years but when Dartmouth finally picked a female mayor, they didn’t make a bad choice. Dorothy “Dolly” Holwill was a very fine mayor indeed more

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Website Commemorating Dartmouth’s Great War Fallen

Dartmouth residents Gail Ham and Phil McConnell have launched a new website commemorating the men of Dartmouth and surrounding areas who died as a result of their service to their country during or shortly after, the First World War. more

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Dartmouth’s first Baron did well in his career, but ultimately backed the wrong King and was packed off to the tower. more

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WW1 was a terrible tragedy that took the lives of a generation and shook up Britain’s class system breaking down countless barriers. But the country – and Dartmouth was no exception – was caught up in patriotic fever when it broke out in august 1914. more

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Less than three weeks into World War 1, Dartmouth faced a crisis which had nothing to do with valour and everything to do with bad management and stock exchange gambling: the collapse of the Plymouth Naval Bank. more

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Dartmouth and Kingswear are two towns defined, in many ways, by their relationship with the river Dart. more

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Kingswear and the Royal Dart Hotel were part of some of the Second World War’s most exciting and clandestine activities as the home of the 15th Gunboat Flotilla: HMS Cicala. more

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Rev John Priestly Foster - Dartmouth's most controversial cleric more

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Exercise Tiger - Landing at Slapton

by kind permission of the Dartmouth Museum

April 2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of Exercise Tiger – a tragedy on the South Devon coast that contributed directly to the success of D-Day, the greatest invasion from the sea in history. more

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There can be few men to have featured so strikingly in many of the Second World War’s most iconic and bloody episodes as Capt Robert Franks. more

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Slapton - a jewel of a village nestled in a hollow half a mile from one of our country’s most precious nature reserves – derives its name from Old English. more

Originally Dartmouth's only wharf, a relatively small but picturesque area protected by a fort at the southern end of the town. more

Dartmouth shines as a jewel in the South West – and its history is as glittering as many much larger and more famous ports. more

Dartmouth has a rich assortment of historic buildings, but perhaps unusually, four of the town’s oldest buildings are also pubs. more