Take a walk through the forgotten history of Plymstock
GUIDED walks revealing the forgotten history of Plymstock have been big successes since they started earlier this year.
And due to popular demand more are set to get under way next year.
Librarian Graham Naylor leads the fascinating tours.
Graham, who works at Central Library, explained: "A large part of my work relates to local and family history.
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"The two subjects combine nicely and I am aiming to give a flavour of both topics in my walks.
"I've been interested in the history of Plymstock since my school days and really it's a real privilege to be able to deliver these walks for others who have a similar interest."
The walks are based around a Manor Survey of Plymstock from 1755.
After the reformation in the 16th Century the Manor of Plymstock passed from Tavistock Abbey to the Duke of Bedford.
As such, the Duke kept meticulous records relating to the Manor at Plymstock and the survey and accompanying plan of 1755 from the Duke's archive is incredibly detailed.
Graham continued: "My walks take those attending along a familiar route – from Plymstock Library along Horn Cross Road towards Church Road and the church.
"As part of the tour, and with the kind permission of the vicar and churchwardens, we're being given access to the church where I will relay some of the early history of that building."
After visiting the church the tour heads along the rest of Church Road towards Dean Hill and Burrow Farm.
Then it's back towards Plymstock Library via Horn Lane, Downhorn Farm and Plymstock Broadway.
Graham said: "There are a number of long-forgotten properties and people that I am hoping to highlight during my walks, for example Woodwards Cottage, occupied by William Bartlett in 1755, which once stood at the junction of Horn Lane and Church Road immediately outside O'Gallagher's Chemist.
"There are other interesting features in the old village such as the Abbots Pond and the Priors Chair.
"The heart of Plymstock has a fascinating history. The church has foundations back 1,000 years and it's entirely probable that some of the local farms in the village date back to Domesday."