Dartmouth, The Floating Bridge c.1950
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50s & 60s

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The joy of the open road – vintage and classic cars abound in this selection of motoring images from The Francis Frith Collection from the early 1900s through to the 1960s.

A Selection of Memories from Dartmouth

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Dartmouth

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In 1967 I worked in the Raleigh Hotel south embankment I loved working - there the people who owned it were like family to me. Mr Baguley, his wife, daughter Jane and son in laws Peter and Henry. Pete was my boss and I worked in the bar. I made a few friends there and loved my job. I attended two Naval college balls and went out with a lovely lad called Howard will always remember Dartmouth - it holds a special place in my heart.
For some time I had been thinking it would be nice to own a boat, and with this in mind I would keep my eyes open. It was only then I discovered boats for sale were very few and far between. You might think in a place like Dartmouth there would be plenty of boats for sale, but as post-war private boat building had yet to get into full swing, there now appeared to be a shortage of second hand boats for sale. ...see more
My cousin and spouse lived in Dartmouth when I was young, - they were a generation older than I, and ran a Fish and Chip Shop on Broasdway. The family visited them quite often - during the day my siblings and I would patrol the riverside quays inspecting the fishermen's catches and trying our fishing luck off the quayside with very poor results. We toured the area and got to know the delights of the Devon beaches ...see more
I have loads of memories - I moved here with my family in 1956 (aged 8) - I just read about the changing huts out at the Castle - what a lot of fun was had in them!! A big memory for me was of the Blacksmiths (the Middletons) - I spent as much time as possible down there - my mother used to ring them to tell me when to come home for meals!! I was totally fascinated at their amazing skill in turning rods of steel into ...see more