Dartmouth and Kingswear Society

BRNC from Kingswear Banjo
Royal Avenue Gardens in Spring

Aims of the Society

The Dartmouth and Kingswear Society is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the historic town of Dartmouth and the villages of Kingswear, Blackawton, Dittisham, Stoke Fleming and Strete, the River Dart and the neighbouring coastline and countryside of the county of Devon, UK.

The concerns of the Society include the preservation and conservation of both the architecture and form of the built environment and the natural beauty of the district together with the maintenance of a viable local economy in keeping with the character and history of the area.

Classic Gaffer near Dittisham
Kingswear from Dartmouth
The Kingswear Daymark
A Thomas giving autumn talk

The Autumn Talk

The Dartmouth and Kingswear Society held its Autumn talk in the Flavel on Friday 25th October. The Society’s Vice-Chairman Andrew Jarrold introduced our speaker, Andrew Thomas, Head of Valuations at Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood, Consultant and Expert in Ceramics and Glass, who gave a fascinating and beautifully illustrated talk with some amazing Delft treasures which he had brought with him for us to admire. The one he is showing us in the picture is an English Delft plate from his personal collection.

We were delighted to welcome so many members and guests who braved a really dreadful evening of rain and high winds, with some from Kingswear concerned that they might not get home later as conditions on the river were so bad. Fortified after a welcome drink in the Flavel’s bar we moved into the main auditorium where we learned that Andrew Thomas left school at sixteen to become an apprentice engineer but soon realised that this was not going to lead to something he would enjoy for the rest of his life. It was a fortuitous encounter with staff at Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood, who were looking for a junior to ‘move cabinets and stuff’, that introduced him to a world that was to become his passion. Nearly 50 years later he still loves it and is constantly excited by the articles which come in for valuation and sale.