Our village lies within the boundaries of the city of Plymouth in Devon, a naval port and not forgetting home to Plymouth Gin which has been distilled here since 1793. As some of you may already know in 1588 Sir Francis Drake played his famous game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe before sailing out with the fleet to fight off the Spanish Armada and the Pilgrim Fathers left Plymouth in 1620 for the New World. Nancy Astor, became the first woman MP in 1919 representing the constituency of Sutton in Plymouth.
John Smeaton’s Eddystone Lighthouse was dismantled in 1877 brick by brick and brought back to Plymouth Hoe to be re-built and where it remains one of the city’s more prominent landmarks.
In the literary world in 1882 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle worked at friend’s medical practice here and later went on to write the Hounds of the Baskervilles set on Dartmoor. Aircraftsman Shaw also known as Lawrence of Arabia served with the RAF in Plymouth.
So that’s it from my neck of the woods, what’s happening in yours?