The Society and Archive

The Lustleigh Society was formed in 1978 as a society for lectures on local history. In the years following, much material relating to the history of the village was donated to the society and stored in the village reading room, located in the Church House, an ancient building in the centre of the village. In the mid 1980’s this collection relocated to a small room in the Old Vestry, until 2006 when a larger room within the same building became available. There followed an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund – and other funding bodies – to completely renovate the room to archival storage standard. The archive re-opened in April 2009 having been completely reorganised and re-catalogued. The Archives of Lustleigh provide an important insight into the development of a village situated on the edge of Dartmoor, which has origins in prehistory.

The Old Vestry
The Archives Room Is Situated On The First Floor Of The Old Vestry In The Corner Of Lustleigh Churchyard

Lustleigh Community Archive consists of:

• Parish records (baptisms/marriages/deaths) , registers and census data

• Maps including the 1837 Tithe Map with Schedule of Apportionments

• Parish Magazines dating from 1889

• Minutes of village organisations

• Press-cuttings

• Over 3500 photographs and postcards

• Paintings, books, oral history recordings and many other documents of historic interest



In the light of the on-going uncertainty of the progress of the pandemic, it is with great regret that the Committee have decided to cancel the September and October meetings, as well as the AGM scheduled for November. Under the present guidance for meetings in community settings, we would have to limit attendance to no more than 30 people, we couldn’t serve refreshments and there may be a requirement to wear masks. With this in mind, the decision we’ve made seemed the only sensible one.
Having said this, we are hoping to be able to re-start the programme with the meeting on Wednesday 27th January 2021 when we plan to hold a short AGM followed by a talk by our very own film-maker, STEVE PRICE about his life on the road with groups such as QUEEN and MUMFORD & SON. His talk will be illustrated with films, both those made whilst touring, and a few of his growing collection of Lustleigh films.
Despite the difficulties we are experiencing this year research into the history of Lustleigh is being carried on by several members. As mentioned above, we plan to resume our talks programme next year and therefore the Society needs to continue with future planning.
To this end we are looking for volunteers to join the Committee since long serving members are standing down this year. If you are interested in our talks programme and the history of the area, then you might consider joining us. Committee meetings are held three or four times a year. In between Committee members help organise the Society meetings and/or contribute to the running of the Archives.