Historians take a walk in the past


KINGSWEAR historians were treated to an interesting walk around Churston Ferris, led by local speaker John Risdon.

On the hottest day of the year so far, the group of 16 strolled through the ancient village, including a visit to the church with its famous Agatha Christie window. John explained how Churston had been an important point on the trade routes that crossed the country and Mediterranean goods had been landed in the nearby cove. An ancient cross that stood on a crossroads was salvaged and restored in 2002, and the group was able to see it standing in the cemetery.

John introduced the group to Churston farmer David Fish. He said: ‘When I was a student at the University of Exeter studying history, geology and geography, my final thesis was an in-depth study of a local farm and I chose the Churston Home farm . I met farmer David Fish there who became a lifelong friend. “

David told the group that he was an amateur archaeologist and traveled his fields collecting artifacts left behind by previous generations. Some of his finds have featured in exhibitions at the British Museum.

John had been given four ancient arrowheads dating back to Neolithic times and he passed them around the group to demonstrate the different techniques used over a long period of time.

Eileen Parkes, member of Kingswear Historians, said: “I am fascinated by how tiny arrowheads have survived for thousands of years, just lying in a field. It is possible to see how techniques improved as people became more skilled.

The group continued their discussions over cream tea at Churston Manor Court. Kingswear Historians meet once a month during the winter months at Kingswear Village Hall.


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