Books about Lustleigh

The books listed below are published by the Lustleigh Society.  Please email us at for more information on ordering by  post and for postage and packaging costs.

All these books can be purchased locally in the Archive Room or Lustleigh Dairy.

LUSTLEIGH  A Dartmoor Village in Focus 

Price £13.50

Published 1st September 2018 – ISBN 978-0-9957122-2-5

Lustleigh is a village and parish with centuries of history behind it. It gets few, if any, mentions in the history books but it has a story to tell – the story of the people who have lived in the area since prehistory, the work they did, the marks they left on the landscape, their buildings, customs and celebrations.
The Lustleigh Society founded in 1978, records, researches and preserves this history. The Lustleigh Community Archive holds parish records, maps including the 183 7 Tithe Map, Parish Magazines dating m 1888, minutes of village organisations, press cuttings, paintings, books, oral history recordings and many other documents of historic interest. It also possesses over 3,500 photographs and postcards of the parish and village life.
In 2001 the Society published The Book of Lustleigh which chronicled the history of the village and celebrated its residents at the Millennium. The book is now out of print and with a wealth of new material available the Society believes that the time has come to publish this book.
Lustleigh, a Dartmoor Village in focus is being published to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Society.


A Devon Village’s Sacrifice…  Lustleigh’s Fallen in the Great War

Price £9.50

Published 2019 Price £9.50 ISBN 978-0-9957122-4-9

The full biographies of the 21 Lustleigh men who died in WWI and whose names appear on the War Memorial.


In the Footsteps of the Victorians; Aspects of change in the Wrey Valley and surrounding area 1837 – 1901 

Price £10.00 

Published 2018 ISBN 978-0-9957122-1-8 Price £10

A series of research papers written by local volunteers looks at how the coming of the railway impacted on the rural towns and villages in the Wrey Valley.  A project funded by Moor Than Meets the Eye, an initiative supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve understanding of the history of Dartmoor.


The winner of the new award for Local History Society Book of the Year is The Lustleigh Society for the book In the Footsteps of the Victorians: Aspects of change in the Wrey Valley and surrounding area 1837 –1901.

The Devon Historian


Lustleigh Book of the First World War 

Price £9.50

Published 2015 Price £9.50 ISBN 978-0-9957122-0-1

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War volunteers involved with the Lustleigh Community Archive decided to research what village life was like during the war years and the lives of those who served. This book brings together the wealth of material that was uncovered and reveals a unique picture of what life was like in a small village on the edge of Dartmoor a hundred years ago. Although there was frustration over wartime shortages and government regulations, people were concerned about what was happening in the War. There was a determination that life should, as far as possible, go on as normal whilst villagers played their part in the War effort through fund raising, collections and hospitality.
Also included is the full Roll of Honour compiled by the Rector of Lustleigh in the 1920s, of the men, and one woman, who served during the War.

“This is an interesting and well-researched addition to the growing collection of books which chronicle the effect of the First World War on Devon’s towns and villages.”
The Devon Historian


Dartmoor a Wild and Wondrous Region 

Price £9.95

Published 2017 Price £9.95 ISBN 978-0-9563910-2-5

A book to accompany a major exhibition in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter that was co-curated by the author (and Chair of the Lustleigh Society).  The first major review of how Dartmoor has been portrayed in art.


CLAM BRIDGES of Dartmoor 

Price £9.50

Published 2019 Price £9.50 ISBN: 978-0-9957122-4-9

Simple bridges made of timber, known as clam bridges, were once a common sight around Dartmoor. Traditionally built from tree trunks laid across a stream or river with a hand rail on one side these bridges utilised the most common material in the river valleys that surround the moor. Bringing together for the first time evidence from photographs, maps and documents, this book explores the significance of clam bridges and their place in Dartmoor’s cultural history.