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Thomas Newcomen: From Dartmouth Ironmonger to Father of the Industrial Revolution

Born in 1664, the inventor and ironmonger Thomas Newcomen is one of Dartmouth’s most influential sons. Despite having no formal training in mechanical engineering, Newcomen developed the world’s first practical atmospheric steam engine in the early 1700s... [ Read More ]

Warriors at Warfleet Creek: Dartmouth's Role in the Medieval Crusades

For hundreds of years, Dartmouth has attracted large, important ships and it played a key role in the Medieval Crusades. Find out about the Warriors at Warfleet Creek... [ Read More ]

Why Dartmouth is 'the Real Star of the Show' on TV

If you live in Dartmouth or visit regularly, the sight of TV crews at work is bound to be familiar. For decades, the South Devon harbour town has provided a beautiful backdrop for a variety of British TV series.... [ Read More ]

Dartmouth: Where Discerning Holidaymakers Go to Unwind

With its stunning coastal setting, mild climate, rich history and culture, it's easy to see why Dartmouth is one of the UK's most appealing holiday destinations... [ Read More ]

The Queen's Special Connection with Dartmouth's Royal Naval College

It's now 80 years since the Queen (known during her youth as Princess Elizabeth) visited Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, South Devon, for the first time. As Head of the Armed Forces, she has since made a series of royal visits to the historic harbour town and its naval training academy. However, the time she spent there in 1939 is likely to occupy a special place in her memory, as her future husband, Prince Philip, was one of the cadets... [ Read More ]

How Dartmouth Came to the Pilgrim Fathers' Rescue

Had you been strolling through the bustling coastal town of Dartmouth, South Devon, on 23 August 1620, you may well have spotted a pair of merchant ships approaching. Leslie Wilcox's beautiful painting, 'The Mayflower and Speedwell in Dartmouth Harbour' (1971), imagines the scene shortly before the vessels dropped anchor... [ Read More ]

Dartmouth Castle: Defending the River Dart for Over 600 Years

In Dartmouth, the sense of history is almost palpable – and nowhere more so than at the town's castle, which has stood guard over the River Dart for centuries. Few other British fortresses are as historically significant or stunningly situated as Dartmouth Castle. The Guardian of the Dart (as it's often called) has protected the townspeople since the Middle Ages... [ Read More ]