Forthcoming Axminster Heritage Centre talks

Just a note of clarification – there will be minimal overlap between the two upcoming local history talks which mention fire in their titles!

David Knapman’s talk on 24 April (19:30 in the Bradshaw Room at Thomas Whitty House) entitled ‘How Axminster was Shaped by Water and Fire’, is primarily about events from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Professor Mark Stoyle’s talk on 3 May (18:00 in the Minster) entitled ‘Axminster in Flames’ is about events in the 1640s – during the English Civil War.

Tickets for both can be purchased at the Heritage Centre.

How Axminster has been shaped by water and fires


David Knapman

A Valuable insight into how the river and trade routes determined where the original settlement would be, but it was the combination of topography, water supplies, drainage and fires that influenced how, when and where the town grew.


Wednesday 24th April 2024

Axminster Heritage Centre, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH

7:30pm – 8:30pm

£5.00 entry includes tea/coffee and cake

Tickets available from Axminster Heritage Centre

Axminster in Flames

The English Civil War in East Devon


Mark Stoyle

Professor of early modern History at the University of Southampton

Come along to listen to a fascinating talk on the Civil War in East Devon and how Axminster was burnt to the ground.

“Mark Stoyle grew up in mid-Devon, and, after leaving school, worked for a time as a field archaeologist in Exeter. He is currently Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton, and has particular research interests in the English Civil War; in witchcraft; and in Tudor rebellions. He has written many books and articles and his latest book – A Murderous Midsummer: The Western Rising of 1549 – was published by Yale University Press in 2022.  Mark has served on the Council of the Royal Historical Society, on the advisory board of the Victoria County History and on the editorial advisory panel of BBC History Magazine. He has also appeared on more than 60 radio and TV programmes.”

Venue– The Minster, Axminster

Date – May 3rd FRIDAY

TIME -6-7pm

Cost £5.00 Tickets available from Axminster Heritage Centre or on the door

Profits for Axminster Heritage Centre





The History of Lodge Virtue & Honor No. 494

since it’s formation in 1844


Jim Rowe and Andrew Moulding

A fascinating talk about a local Masonic Lodge and some it’s notables over the years – plus a rare chance to view the Lodge’s archives and exhibits

Wednesday 22nd May 2024

7:30pm  – 8:30pm

The Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster EX13 5AD

Tickets £5.00 and include tea/coffee and cake

Tickets availble from Axminster Heritage Centre


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