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28 March 2020Benjamin Donn 1765 Map of Devon Study Day

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Benjamin Donn 1765 Map of Devon Study Day James Grimwood-Taylor and Abi Gray Saturday 28 March 2020

Benjamin Donn was born in Bideford and until 1768 was a teacher of the "mathematics and natural philosophy" on the Newtonian principles at his father's school. In 1765 he produced a remarkably accurate map of Devonshire from a survey he undertook himself. This map gives an interesting insight into the county more than 250 years ago.

A study day has been organised by the Bideford Branch of the Devonshire Association, The Arts Society North Devon, and the Devon Rural Archive to take place in the newly refurbished Torrington Town Hall, High Street, Torrington EX36 8HN on the 28th March 2020. The study day includes two talks and an exhibition. Registration and coffee will commence at 10.30a.m.

The first lecture given by James Grimwood-Taylor MA. FSA (Scot) FSPH, FRPSL will describe the background of Benjamin Donn's family and the Bideford connection.

At 11.45 attendees will be free to visit the exhibition which includes an original book copy of the 1765 Donn Map and enjoy a buffet lunch.

At 1.45 p.m. Abi Gray BA MA resident Archaeologist and Curator of the Devon Rural Archive will explore Benjamin Donn's map, revealing some of its detail and what is known of his working practices. She will also discuss the importance of the map for modern researcers and explain how Donn's map underpins the wider work of the Archive.

The event will end at 3.30p.m.

Places on the Study Day are limited to 60 and tickets are issued on a first come first served basis. The closing date for applications is 14th February 2020. Tickets cost £20 and include tea, coffee, and buffet lunch. Application forms are available from the Devonshire Association Registrar Dr. Bridget Gillard, The Devonshire Association, Unit 10 Chitterley Business Centre, Silverton Exeter EX5 4DB. Telephone 01392 860456 or e-mail