Cload’s Railway Hotel

Receipt for goods supplied. The Catherine Wheel was called the Cload’s Railway Hotel up until part of the premises called the Star Inn was burnt down in 1928 when a traction engine passed by and a spark set the thatch on fire. Alfred Wide was the shop at the bottom of the High Street. This receipt is from 1896 signed by Alfred Wide who served in World War 1 throughout, sending letters back to his daughter who lives in Hemyock called Joan Cooper. He fought in the Battle of the Somme and survived, although injured. He then went back to the front line later, returning to Hemyock to work in the shop and play bowls. He was a stalwart of the Bowls Club.

Todd Gray

Dr Todd Gray is currently broadcasting 15 minute pieces on aspects of Devon history every weekday on BBC Radio Devon at 1.10pm. These will run through June, and possibly July, and while all of our societies have stopped meeting for lectures these are meant to help alleviate the sense of isolation some of us are feeling.

The Devon & Cornwall Record Society is sponsoring a series of daily blogs by our leading heritage specialists (historians, archivists, archaeologists, librarians, writers and curators) in Devon and Cornwall on how life in quarantine has made them reevaluate history. These are running through June and July and can be found on the society’s Facebook page. The society exists to publish original documentary material and this year’s volume is a facsimile reproduction of Devon’s only woollen cloth collection – from the 1760s. It comes free with this year’s membership (at £16.50) or on publication later this year (at £30). Details can be found on our website.

Clayhidon Bellringers


Brenda Drew, Roy Culverwell, Jim Padfield, Bert James, Harold Sellick.

Clayhidon Bellringers


Thelma Blackmore, Michael Osmond, Maureen Bendle, Ginny Young, Dick Drew, Bert James, Harold Sellick
Jim Padfield, Peter Gregory, Carole King, Basil Hutchings, Roy Culverwell, Olive Knight.

R F James and others

R F James shop in station rd in 1920’s

R F James at shop, then vets now private house.

Edward Grandfield and Kath Curtis

During WW2 with Mr James