Dartmouth and Kingswear Society

The Society's Publications

Sales of these publications contribute to the Society's running costs. Copies may be obtained at modest prices from the Society's talks and other events and also from

The Society's current publications are:

Thomas Newcomen of Dartmouth – and the Engine that changed the World

Published in 2012, jointly with the Dartmouth History Research Group, to mark the tercentenary of the installation of the first Newcomen Engine in 1712, this book tells the story of the modest blacksmith from Dartmouth, who invented the first successful steam engine (some 63 years before James Watt made improvements to it) for pumping water out of coal mines, thereby kick-starting the Industrial revolution.

Dartmouth: A Brief Historical Guide

Completely revised in 2008, this is a highly readable short history of Dartmouth from the earliest periods to modern times.

The Dartmouth Heritage Trail

Published in 2004, this provides a guided walk around Dartmouth taking in its principal points of interest.

Famous People of the Dartmouth Area

This short guide gives interesting background to the people commemorated in the blue plaques around the town.

In addition, there is a booklet, given free to new members, entitled
     The Dartmouth & Kingswear Society: a Short Account of its History.