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ISBN 978-0-9576109-0-3
Tales of peace and war, courage and humour and of boredom and horror
Published on July 1st 2013 this new book is called 'One  Small Branch in Devon', and is a collection of stories, passed on by some 60 members of the South Molton branch of the Royal British Legion, giving a personal insight into the conflicts and situations these members have survived.
Each member of the branch has written their own story with the whole book pulled together by Col Paddy King-Fretts, a well respected and successful author in his own right.
The stories are reminiscences of life in a range of the services, from World War 2 to the present day, covering many theatres of conflict on our planet.
As with all service stories there is a lighter side to life as well and these are also mirrored in the tales that have unfolded. Enjoy the read!
The publication has been supported by some notaries of the Establishment, and their comments only serve to support the members of The Royal British Legion  in any way that can be achieved to increase the annual Poppy Appeal Fund annually.
This compilation of members stories is the branch’s way of aiding that annual appeal.
Available as from Monday 1st July 2013 at independent bookshops throughout North Devon as well as on
Priced at £9.99, all proceeds go to the Royal British Legion

More items for South Molton Museum!


South Molton Town Council has now taken over responsibility for the running of the Museum from North Devon District Council.  Staff and volunteers at the museum welcomed the chance to augment the collection with the return of items belonging to the town which have been stored in Barnstaple for some years.  It is expected that artefacts will be returned gradually over the next few months, and some of these will be put on display later in the year.


May 2014


World War 1


Staff and volunteers are busy accumulating a mass of fascinating items relating to local involvement in the War. The museum holds a small collection of memorabilia, and is keen to encourage local people to bring in any letters, diaries, photos etc they may have, which might be displayed during August/September.


May 2014


Elizabeth Askew mini exhibition

While the popular railway display was taken down for a refresh over the winter the space released was  used, until we closed, for a display of the work of the local photographer Elizabeth Askew.








Mrs Askew was one of the first female photographers in the country, being active from the late 1870’s until her death in 1912.

Her youngest daughter Alice became her assistant around the turn of the century, and went on to have a long career as a photographer in her own right in Cambridgeshire.

If anyone has original photographs taken by Elizabeth Askew the museum would be interested in seeing them, with a view to copying them for our records.


October 2014

New Book Available

Now available in print for the first time, local author Fred Harding’s story of the ups and downs of the mining industry around North Molton makes for fascinating reading, and is of great local interest.

Available from the Museum at a price of £8.90


April 2015

Rate books for the areas surrounding South Molton (the old Urban District area) are now available to peruse. These cover the years 1939 to 1966 (but not all years) and provide useful information on the occupiers of properties at those times

On October 1st Freddie Huxtable will be in attendance at South Molton Museum to launch the publication of the first volume of his definitive history of the Devon and Somerset Railway that ran from Taunton to Barnstaple and which closed in 1966.


September 2016

The complete rebuild South Molton's secondary school is on schedule and contractors BAM are due to finish at around Easter 2017.

Work started on the £10.5 million rebuild during last year's summer holidays

The building site opposite the current school has been closely monitored by pupils under the guidance of Dr Philip Norman with several time lapse cameras recording the scene as it develops.

An example of this can be viewed below, and the complete video record will be able to be viewed at the museum on completion.


September 2016

SMCC Timelapse eg_02.mp4 MUSEUM