Author Todd Gray gives talk to Devonshire Associations's Axe Valley branch

PUBLISHED: 15:25 15 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:02 16 June 2010

AUTHOR Todd Gray gave a talk about Some Remarkable Devon Women during the monthly meeting of Devonshire Association s Axe Valley branch.

AUTHOR Todd Gray gave a talk about Some Remarkable Devon Women during the monthly meeting of Devonshire Association's Axe Valley branch.

He spent 17 years researching lives of women in the area before the 20th century to write a small book.

'Sidmouth's most famous woman' Dame Partington featured in the talk - and how she became famous for her large sweeping brush to try and repel the waves approaching her beachside house. Her namesake became used by politicians and cartoonists in the early 19th century to make points about futile opposition.

The talk was preceded by the branch AGM, at which Dr David Westlake was reelected chairman along with his committee of Maurice Blackburn, Dr Michael Barr, Pat Davy and Sean Day-Lewis. The next fixture will be the annual evening meeting on May 12, when commons warden Bungy Williams will speak on East Devon's pebblebed heaths. Guests are welcome.


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