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Mabel Lee Landlady of The New Inn

Mabel, Mary & Bill Lee with their Mother The end of an era. Based on the obituary I wrote for the Crediton Courier after Mabel’s death in 1998 With the death of Mabel Kathleen Lee at the age of 96 on Jan 18th 1998, Coleford lost one of its last links with the Victorian era. Mabel was born on July 31st 1901 at the New Inn Coleford. She used to love to impart to her friends at Redvers House Crediton, where she spent her last few years when introducing me. Read more...

Cob Buildings

Cob Building Cicely Fox Smith OLD cob wall Have falled at last; Us knawed he might A good while past. Great-grandad he Built thicky wall With maiden earth And oaten straw. He built en in The good old way, And there he’ve stood Until to-day. But wind and rain And frost and snaw Have all combined To lay en law. Read more...

Coleford Police Station

Coleford Police Station Before being moved to Copplestone during the 1920s, Coleford had its constable for over 60 years. Initially, when the Devon Constabulary underwent a significant overhaul in 1856, a guideline was introduced whereby a constable would be provided to look after an area based on acreage and population. This resulted in most parishes gaining the services of a constable. Jesse Snell, a shoemaker from Kilmington, was Colebrooke’s first PC and c1860 was living at Colebrooke with his family. Read more...

The Great Flood of Coleford 1841

The Great Flood of Coleford 1841 In November 1841 the bottom of Coleford was devastated by floods. After a vestry meeting chaired by Mr Robert Madge of Copplestone House, the following appeal appeared in the Western Times. Severe Loss in The Great Storm In consequence of the great fall of rain which occurred on Monday the 29th of November great damage was done in the village of Coleford. The water rose to such a height as to overwhelm workshops, stables, cellars, and a great part of some dwelling houses, some of which were levelled to the ground. Read more...