Use internet to research local history says Dr Gray

NEW light was shed on local history for the members of the Otter Valley Association (OVA) during a talk given by Dr Todd Gray.

NEW light was shed on local history for the members of the Otter Valley Association (OVA) during a talk given by Dr Todd Gray.

Well-known locally through his books and lectures, Dr Gray proved to be a lively and informative speaker as he guided the group through the maze of resources available for research into local history subjects.

Members discovered that far from having to trail around local record offices and libraries with a notebook and camera, they could now turn to the internet for help researching history.

An OVA spokeswoman said: "Dr Gray provided numerous fascinating illustrations from the history of Budleigh Salterton. "Few of us will forget the story of Lady Louisa Rolle burning her late husband's favourite things on the lawn at Bicton after being disappointed by his will, or the six children rescued from the rocks at Budleigh Salterton by fishermen who thought they were birds and had rowed out to shoot them."


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David Daniel, OVA history group chairman, urged group members to make their researches available to a wider audience by uploading them onto OVApedia.

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