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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Where is Dartmouth?
Dartmouth sits at the mouth of the river Dart on the south coast of England some 20 miles east of Plymouth and some 4 miles west of Brixham - where, incidentally, the replica Mayflower was built in Uphams shipyard in 1956.
What is the size of my “Piece of Dartmouth” / the land transferred?
The land plot is 20cm by 20cm (approximately 8 inches x 8 inches) - large enough for the Land Registry to deal with but small enough so as not to attract any form of tax.