Welcome to Chagford Local History Society’s website; some areas are incomplete but we hope you will find something of interest. Last updated 6 October 2023.
We know that communities lived in our parish at least 4,000 years ago, the stone circles and rows that they built still stand proudly on the moors. The town of Chagford was probably established in Saxon times, the name meaning “the ford where the gorse grows”. The town grew due to the wool trade and from tin mining in the area.
Chagford Local History Society
We aim to explore and celebrate the rich historical heritage of Chagford and the surrounding villages. We arrange a series of lectures throughout the year (open to all), a programme of summer visits (members only) and occasional exhibitions.
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