Peep at the Past

By Toby Leigh in Feature

100 Years Ago

On Friday night the Mayor of Dartmouth, at the Guildhall, presented Pte G Grant, of the Devons, with the Royal Humane Society’s vellum for saving a boy from drowning in the Dartmouth Boat Float.

On September 25th, a little boy aged six years, named Jack Hosken, was playing near the water, when he overbalanced and fell in.

Pte Grant, of Kingswear, who was home on leave was passing, and at once dived into the water and got hold of the lad under the arms. Two men in a boat who had observed what had happened went to Pte Grant’s assistance, and helped him to take the boy on to the side of the Float. The rescuer was in khaki, and was obliged to go and change his soaked uniform for a civilian suit before returning to Kingswear.

The lad was subsequently taken home not much the worse for his immersion, but had it not been for the plucky soldier he would probably have drowned.

In presenting the certificate the Mayor said that Grant jumped into 12ft of water and had to dive under two boats before he could get hold of the boy. He cordially commended Pte Grant for his plucky action.

50 Years Ago

The first teaching extension of Landscove Church of England School since Queen Victoria’s Jubilee was opened and consecrated on Friday afternoon by the Bishop of Credition, the Rt Rev W Westall after a service in the nearby Parish Church.

The importance attached to it as a Church of England school was emphasised by the attendance of a number of clergy, who processed into the church and afterwards to the new classroom, headed by churchwardens with their staves of office.

The vicar, the Rev S Kell, who conducted the service, acted as Bishop’s Chaplain, and the schoolchildren, nearly forty, were in charge of the Headmaster and Mrs Hamlyn, infants’ teacher.

Incidentally, Mr Steele informed our reporter that the statement about the last extension being Queen Victoria’s Jubilee was quite correct, he had looked up the school log book and found that in 1897 they were talking about an extension taking place at the schoolhouse and school. They enlarged the house and the school, that was all there was until eleven years ago when the present canteen was put up.

The only other work, which could not be considered for the school, was the commandeering of one of the bedrooms in the school house to make a bathroom for the head-master’s household.

In his address the Bishop spoke of three phases – church, school and home – all of which had something to do with each other.

What they did in church had a great deal to do with what they did outside – how they worked, how they played, how they grew up among other people.

In concluding, the Bishop said that as the result of the building of that schoolroom there would be, as far as they could say, a school in that place for a long time. It was a very comforting thought.

Not every village in Devon had a school now.

25 Years Ago

A glass case is to surround the new workings of the Totnes East Gate Arch Clock.

The scheme was revealed at a meeting of Totnes Town Council on Monday by project manager Mr Robin Mitchelmore.

The original workings were badly damaged in September 1990’s great fire but could be put on display in the clock room along with parts of the original timbers, once the project was complete, he said.

Mr Mitchelmore added: ‘We promise to encase the whole clock so that fingers won’t get trapped in it. To keep it light we are going to have to have some steelwork’.

He said glass doors would be provided on the front and side of the clock for routine maintenance purposes and the whole apparatus would be moveable into the centre of the room when in need of a major overhaul.

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