Nostalgic memories of Shaldon's local history

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For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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August 2013 I visited Shaldon with my family as we are staying nearby for a week. We were hoping to see the childhood home of my late father which he always referred to as Platway. I spoke to a lovely lady in tourist information wondering if she had ever heard of it and she immediately produced a local map with (...Read full memory)

My mother, Gladys Mary Jefford as she was known (her birth certificate said she was Gladys Ethel Mary Parkhouse Grey) lived in Shaldon from 1912- 1942. She married my father up in Birkenhead and my sister and I returned to Shaldon with her on vacation when we were about 8 years old. My parents and my sister are (...Read full memory)

I have driven - very slowly - past The Ness many times whenever our family makes our way up the steep narrow lane from the Shaldon sea front to the car park. For the very first time I went inside one evening this summer, as a result of being asked to leave the Ferryboat Inn earlier! I was in (...Read full memory)

Pip Parkinson's memories are so similar to my own that we could have been on the same holidays. I first went to Shaldon with my parents in 1952 and we returned for one week at Easter and two weeks in August every year for the next nine years. We met the same families each year also - the Lees and the Parkers - there were (...Read full memory)

As a child my annual family holiday was spent in Shaldon, first staying at The Teign Crest as a baby and small child, later at The Clipper. Two weeks of blissful freedom - shoeless and carefree. Not many cars in the village in the 1960s, so we children ran wild, only turning up at feeding times. Great family mackerel (...Read full memory)

The two Shaldon ferry boats were at anchor when our Morris Dancers performed in front of the Ferry Boat Inn this week. They looked just like this photograph - although there were no sails! It was a lovely warm July evening with a good crowd of folks sitting at the beachside tables in front of (...Read full memory)

From internet research, it would appear that the Victorian artist Sydney Curnow Vosper, who was born in 1866 at Stonehouse in Plymouth, died at this hotel in Shaldon 10th July 1942. He painted what became a very famous painting entited 'Salem'. The painting shows the congregation inside a small Baptist chapel in (...Read full memory)

This view is a photograph just in front of the Ferryboat Inn at Shaldon - a popular haunt for the sailors and oarsmen taking part in the annual Shaldon Regatta.  As part of the week long programme of entertainments there was an evening of morris dancing and mumming by the Ferryboat Inn. It was a warn and dry August (...Read full memory)

Thursday 14th August 2008 was a sunny summer day for the wedding of a lovely Japanese girl, Nakki, to Ra - the son of one of the Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers - Jane.   Following the ceremony in Paignton, there was a barbeque party at Platway House which is an old mansion up the hillside above Shaldon (...Read full memory)

I just ‘stumbled’ across this site whilst looking for information about Shaldon. How lovely to recall childhood memories. Viewing the photographs, the shot of the Ness House c1955. I grew up there; we lived at the Ness House throughout the 1950’s, I attended Shaldon Primary, was a choir boy at St (...Read full memory)