Chulmleigh Bygones is a photographic archive of images collected or taken by Phil Gurr. You can obtain prints from most of these photos, please have a look at the information page listed in the menu. Also on the information page you can read about why I have created this site. I'm still scanning the old photograph collection, at present the count is up to 760! Please visit us again soon and also checkout the Facebook page.
Chulmleigh, deep in the heart of Devon, has a fascinating history dating back to Saxon times. In the 1253 King Henry III gave Chulmleigh a charter, allowing the occupants the right to hold fairs and markets.
Chulmleigh Fair has been running continuously now for over 765 years and is the main event in the village every July. There are many events and a street market that attracts locals and tourists alike.
It’s economy was mainly built on wool and sheep and the fact it was on a main coaching route through Devon. The wool trade went into decline in the 18th century and when the turnpike road was constructed and the railway in the mid 19th Century, Chulmleigh declined further.
However in the 20th century Chulmleigh became the centre of the farming community once again, with a mixture of essential shops and light industry mainly related to farming. In the last 40 years Chulmleigh has grown quite a lot, with many new houses.
I lived in Chulmleigh for some 30 years and my parents, although not born in Chulmleigh, they were very active in the community. My father worked as a postman, delivery driver, fireman and Cub Scout leader! My mother worked as a secretary in Chulmleigh Primary and Secondary schools and later in life was very active in Chulmleigh Golf Club.
The pictures you see on this site represent a selection collected and taken by my parents and myself from the 1960s to the early 1990s.
I have just re-mastered the Chulmleigh Old Fair video from 2003. You can have a look at it on the Chulmleigh Old Fair Youtube channel, along with other old videos of Chulmleigh:
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