The Knee Crusher

The Knee Crusher

A popular device for crushing and breaking joints, particularly those of the knee and elbow. This device was a particular favourite of Inquisition torturers -…
The Spanish Donkey

The Spanish Donkey

This version looks like it’s been embellished, I doubt our mediaeval friends would not have gone to the trouble of adding the donkey head and…
Devonshire visits Finch Foundry

Devonshire visits Finch Foundry

Whilst over at the back of Dartmoor in the lovely village of Sticklepath, I visited National Trust's Finch Foundry. Probably one of Devon's most fascinating…
Marvellous Museums

Marvellous Museums

An endless source of fascination for those interested in history, are our local museums. Devon has rich history and an excellent way to access this…
Devon Rural Archive

Devon Rural Archive

The Devon Rural Archive is a unique local resource dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of Devon's domestic architecture and associated landscapes. From purpose built…
Museums in South East Devon

Museums in South East Devon

A visual peek at both the Topsham and the Axe Valley Heritage Society museums. There's nothing nicer than spending the morning browsing museum artefacts, here's…
Kings of the Highway

Kings of the Highway

There was a time when horse-drawn wagons were the only means of moving heavy goods at a local level, particularly on the farm. Lurking out…