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King kept the hounds the first two seasons and contained in this list ; I took the country and commenced hunting it in In recent conversation, the late Reginald Templer, a nephew of George Templer, mentioned casually that the Farewell was written 1 See p. That and poetical licence in ignoring the intervening master would reconcile the allusion with the facts. I am also inclined to suspect, from the fact that Sir Walter did not come of age until and that his journal covers the whole of King's two seasons, that the last-named was to some extent acting as a warming-pan for his successor.

We get an idea of the master and of his pack from the follow- ing : " The late Mr. John King of Fowlescombe was an able sportsman. His hounds were rather lighter than those which meet with most consideration at the present time , yet neatly proportioned and not deficient in power, and withal most true and efficient hunters. He maintained the principle that hounds should account for their fox with as little assistance as possible, and work out their own success.

Naturally shrewd and observing, as dwellers and frequenters of the moor usually are, he was fully cognisant of the nature and habits of the wild animal he pursued, and when he did render assistance to his favourites it was invariably to the purpose, and followed by happy results.

For instance, when the pack met at Cotley on the 14th September and had a capital run to Great Fulford, we are not told where they found, which might have been further north even than Cotley Wood. On the 18th September, after they had met at Dartington and killed a fox, another was found at Luscombe, now in the Dart- moor country. Again, on the 3rd May, , when the fixture was Haytor Rock, they found " near Widdicombe.

Again : " Wednesday, 12th March. At Duckailer," near Starcross ; " a good run to Duns- ford," though in this case we are not told where they found. Then, " Tuesday, April 1st. A bagman at Stover ; ran to Lustleigh ; earthed. Eleven and a half brace of foxes including three bagmen were killed, and there were eighteen blank days.

These places of meeting do not indicate any extension of the country previously hunted, unless an exception be made in the case of the last on the list, at which, however, hounds met on only one day, as was the case with regard to the Killerton fixture in the previous season. Thus in we find Mr. Bulteel's now the Dartmoor meeting on the 5th and 7th November at Bella- marsh and Duckaller respectively, on the latter occasion scoring a run over Haldon to Chudleigh, characterized in the journal as a " very slow " one.

In return, Mr. King's hounds met at Ivybridge and Slade on the 26th and 28th of the same month. This was probably the beginning of the Ivybridge Week, which has been kept up to the present day. This season does not appear to have been a remarkable one for sport in general. The following are the only entries that seem worth transcribing from the journal.

It will be seen that in all these cases a good point was made and a kill scored. Other good runs are mentioned but no details given. At Haccombe. Earthed ; dug him out. Turned out the Haccombe fox on the Heathfield ; caught him in a stable at Teign- mouth ; beautiful run. At Aurora Wood. Capital run to Holne Chace ; killed. At Yarner Wood. Found on the Common ; beautiful run to Holne Chace ; killed. The record of killed for the season is twenty-one foxes, of which six were bagmen. Out of seventy- five hunting days nine were blank.

Ley of Trehill has in his possession some doggerel rhymes, dated , which shew that the following were among the regular followers of Mr. King's hounds on Haldon. Sir W. Carew ; Mr. Hole of Parke ; Mr. Kitson of Shiphay ; Mr. Ley, Rector of Kenn ; Mr. Short of Bick- ham ; Mr. Stowey of Kenbury ; Mr.

Burlton of Exminster ; Mr. Eales of Easton ; Mr. Makepeace ; Mr. Leger, grandfather of the present Lord Doneraile, and Mr. When Mr. Pode of Slade gave up hunting, his country — virtually the Dartmoor country of to-day — was taken over by King and Bulteel. We are told that this was "somewhere about the year ," 1 and that the partnership was merely tem- porary, Bulteel succeeding to the country and taking the hounds of Mr. The real date would doubtless have been , after King gave up the South Devon country.

In that year he migrated to Hampshire, and was master of the Hambledon Hounds from to He was the founder of the Hambledon Hunt Club. I learn from Miss Turner, Hon. This explains the fact of his being sometimes spoken of as " of Corhampton. Long, fifty-five couple of as fine bitches as ever entered a covert. A friend of Jack Russell's, in the pre- sence of Lord Henry Bentinck, told how King, when master of the Hambledon, once saw a hunted fox dash into a flock of ducks and seize and carry off a mallard which was subsequently picked up by King when the fox was run into.

Lord Henry ventured to doubt the truth of the story, and had for answer : " I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. King intimately, and he was a man quite as unlikely to tell an untruth as your lordship. Trelawny's hounds on Dartmoor in And claps them on his very back. King as master in To his wise and steady administration during four- teen years, we, of a later generation, are largely indebted for the sporting instinct of the farmers of South Devon, which he did so much to foster and develop and which endures to this day.

In this he was, no doubt, helped by the advantages of his 1 See p. This Sir Walter Carew possessed, and in addition he was a sportsman of the highest order. He also places Sir Walter as second only in successfully crossing a country to the gallant Tom Phillips in these words : " Perhaps the next best to him — yes, certainly, the next best in singleness of purpose and deter- mination in taking a line, was Walter Carew, the present baronet.

Hubert's Hall before mentioned- with the motto Animo non astutid. Flask, by Smuggler, and Arlington were two of his best hunters. He had kennels at both places, but the pack was usually quartered at Haccombe, the kennels at Marley being used on the occasion of temporary visits to that side of the country. Sir Walter Carew greatly distinguished himself in the hunting fields of Warwickshire and Leicester- shire, where he hunted after giving up his own pack in South Devon. In them we read how the field on the Haldon side " must begin to think yoiu: hounds can kill their foxes ; Luxmore was grumbling because the fixture for Monday is Bradleigh ; they want us on the other side of Haldon every day.

Old Short is the best ; I find he has a little consideration for the hounds " ; how " we have killed a fox for every day as yet, as you will see by the kennel door " that was up to Clu-istmas ; how, of a " most brilliant biu'st " from Powderham to Haldon House with a kill in the open, " Bulteel says he had not seen anything like it for years. Lord Devon was delighted " ; how, speaking of another run, " you would have enjoyed this run ; it lasted about thirty-five minutes at a racing pace.

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She is one of the best in the kennel and more steady than you could possibly expect. The letters contain some amusingr references to domestic troubles. Martin's controul. She does just what she likes, not much, and frequently absents herself without saj-ing a word to Mrs. Goes to balls, etc.

Shall I give this young lady to under- stand that she is under my controul? She walked off Friday and did not retiu-n until Saturday after- noon. I think we had better look out for another for you. Necessity for a strict demarcation of boundaries had not then arisen. It chd arise later, and Sir Walter's daughters, the Misses Carew, have in their possession corre- spondence between their father and Mr. John Crocker Bulteel on the subject. Unfortunately the letters cannot at present be found, so we do not know what arrangement was arrived at.

We shall see, however, that Sir Walter continued to the end to hunt the Marley country, including Skerraton, Har- bourneford, etc. He told me that you had given him orders to forbid their doing so, but they would draw the covert, and Mr. Bulteel I suppose he meant Courtenay said : ' Never mind, it's all right. They then came back and would draw your new plantation. Hanning says if they are allowed to disturb it he cannot expect to have a litter there. He wishes to know if you have given them leave to draw there?

In the table of hunts contained in the New Spoiiing Magazine for the pack is called " The Devon," though this title drops out again in No larger than an ordinary hound list and, indeed, smaller than some hound lists , it measures only three and a quarter inches by four and a quarter, and is a quarter of an inch in thick- ness. Each of its pages contains from twenty-six to twenty-eight closely written lines in a very small and clear handwriting. It was originally started as an account of the game killed at Haccombe and begins with the 1st September, , two years before its author left Eton.

The earlier entries include, under the heading " Hunting," the follow- ing interesting items : " 24th Sep. But the Stover establishment had been broken up by February, , which leaves only one fox accounted for by the harriers for the three preceding years covered by the journal. This does not point to the hunting of foxes being a general practice with the harriers before the foxhounds were disestablished. The first two seasons deal with John King's mastership and have already been referred to. The entries in the journal are very concise, often laconic.

They were evidently entered in a batch periodically from notes made after each day's sport, probably weekly, since in one case we find the entry : " I have mislaid the account for the week be- ginning Dec. John Beal was huntsman. He remained with Sir Walter all the time he kept the pack and accom- panied the hounds when they went into the Tiverton country after Sir Walter retired. Sir Henry Scale's letters shew that Beal was a good huntsman and rarely away from his hounds when running. He was also a trustworthy servant. Colonel Anstruther Thom- son, writing of the Tiverton hounds in the year , says : " John Beal was the huntsman ; he had no whipper-in.

The hounds were taken to the meet in couples, for one day they met sic , a dead horse and stopped and ate him up. Once, after hunting a fox a long time, they ran into a gorse covert. Old John got off his horse and said : ' Mr. Hole, do 'ee hold my horse until I pawk un up again. He savs :- " He is a good man in a woodland country, and, though somewhat of a veteran " — this was in the year — " is a rattling, energetic huntsman, keep- ing his hounds together without the aid of a whipper- in.

After his retirement, Beal went to live at Shaldon, not far from Haccombe, and died there in a house, facing the bridge, which still bears the name he gave it of " Hunter's Lodge. From that date he hunted steadily on until the 28th May, , putting in eighty-seven days, making a solid ten months' season! Anstruther Thomson. A word of explanation is needed as to the practice that prevailed in those days of hunting bag-foxes. Let not the latter-day purist turn up his eyes in horror at the word until he hears the explanation. There was as much difference between the openly turned-down fox of those days and the secretly shaken-out bagman of later times as there is now between the wild Hector of Dartmoor and the hand- reared, wired-in tame fox that alone is available in some would-be smart hunts.

Foxes were thin on the ground in the early decades of the nineteenth century, and the fact that they had to travel far afield for food and company kept them in good condition and taught them an exten- sive range of country. During those intervening days he was kept in a large building affording room for exercise, and well fed, but not surfeited. As a result, he started in good condition and fit to run for his life, which, with the knowledge of country in his favour, he often managed to save. From this fact, and from the time, pace and distance of the runs afforded, it is clear that he must have been allowed sufficient law.

Sometimes, as happens with a fox found in the usual way, he would get killed early and fail to shew a run. When digging was not possible, a box trap was sometimes used, which caught the fox uninjured, as shewn by the following entry that occurs in the journal : " Set the box trap and got him. But in passing opinion upon it, one has to consider the circumstance of the times and the manner of its working.

Without such a thorough sportsman as Sir Walter Carew at the head of affairs, it would probably not have been a success at any time. He himself, it will be noted, drew a nice distinc- tion between the unhandled animal and the other, for in his summary of each season's sport he gives the number killed as "so many foxes and so many bagmen. On the 17th September, , a fox, dug out at Stover on the 12th, was turned out at Lindridge and stood before the pack for forty fast minutes before being killed. On the 23rd December, , a fox, also dug out at Stover a few days previously, was turned out at Lindridge, and, after running through Ugbrooke Park, took the pack straight to Canonteign where he was killed.

One dug out on the 28th January, , after a " very pretty run " to the Ilsham cUffs, was allowed to rest until the 4th February, when he was turned out at Bovey Heathfield and killed at Haccombe after a very good run, evidently on his way home to the diffs. Another good bagman that knew the stronghold in the Stoke cliffs was the one put down at Bradley on the 9th February, The pack hunted him with a very bad scent for six hours through seven parishes, finally losing him in the cliffs.

All credit to the patience of hounds and huntsman! A fox found near Chudleigh on February 11th, , earthed in Chudleigh Rock and afterwards caught in a box trap, was evidently a visitor in that locality. For, when set at large at Stover a few days later, he gave " a beautiful run " through Bradley, the Decoy, Kingskerswell, Compton and Cockington to Paignton sands, where he was taken alive.

On December 19th, , a fox from Browns- combe was turned out at Teignbridge. The pack ran hard till dark and the master could not say whether or no they killed. Another, turned out at Ogwell, was killed at Botter Rock after a capital run. A fox turned down at Humber Moor on the 23rd December, , went straight back to the drain at White way from which he had been taken on the 21st. A rare good bagman was that which, on the 31st March, , got to ground at Buckland Beacon after starting from Jew's Bridge.

The master speaks of this as " a magnificent run. He took the pack through Lindridge across the River Teign at Netherton Point and saved his brush in the rocks above Abbotskerswell. This was on the last day of the year No doubt he was making for the cliffs. And on the 5th of January, , another, after taking a big ring through Harcombe, Ugbrooke, by Ideford to Colly Lane, was killed at the Warren, Starcross. The above instances and others to be found in the journal sufficiently prove the stoutness and condition of the turned-out fox ; and the number that escaped I have recorded chiefly those killed is evidence that they were given fair play and a good start.

The country hunted by Sir Walter was much the same as that covered by his predecessor, John King. Some others, further west, such as Ivybridge, are mentioned only in connection with the Ivybridge meeting and were doubtless " by invitation," but Erme Bridge appears to have been one of his own fixtures. It is interesting to note certain lines of country, frequent in those days, but which are rarely taken by hounds to-day. The cliffs on the seashore on either side of the mouth of the Teign were much resorted to by foxes.

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I once saw a run finish at the Parson and Clerk cliff, and on occasion have known foxes make for the cliffs between the Ness and Torquay. On one of those occasions, in Mr. Whidborne's second mastership, a hound fell over the cliffs and was killed. It is remarkable, considering that he hunted the cliffs frequently, that Sir Walter Carew mentions only two similar accidents in his fourteen years' record. Both occurred in December, ; the first at the rocks at Sowden cliff, when the master lost his favourite bitch, Gipsey, and the second at Watcombe, when a hound called Alderman was killed after earthing his fox.

Sir Henry Scale, however, mentions two or three instances in his letters of hounds falling over the cliff, though in every case the hounds were not seriously hurt. Once a man had to be let down by a rope to recover one, which " the field seemed to consider great fun. And yet I can recall only two instances within the last thirty-five years of the river being crossed between Teignbridge and Bovey, and none at all of any crossing below Teignbridge. And of those two instances, one, in Dr. Gaye's time, I think, was, as I learnt years after- wards from one of the keepers concerned, after a dead fox.

The other occurred while Dan North was huntsman to the Haldon Hounds, and the pack earthed a fox in Rora. Why this change should have come about it is hard to say. The river was always there. The branch railway hne from Newton Abbot to Moretonhampstead is the only new barrier. But it has been there since the 'sixties ; and foxes in other countries cross the line continually. The explanation may be that no necessity exists for foxes to cross this particular line, as they have a wide tract of country on either side of it unimpeded by any other railway. A similar reason may account for foxes no longer crossing, as they were wont to do, the wide navigable portion of the Teign lower down, where the main line of the Great Western Railway runs parallel and close to the river between Teign- mouth and Newton Abbot.

Old Mr. Arthur Owen, who was intimately associated with the Teignmouth and Shaldon Bridge Company, and who died in , told me that he once saw Sir Walter's hounds cross the river, at low tide, a very short distance above the bridge. Twice only is anything of the sort specifically mentioned in the journal. And from the concluding words of the last-quoted entry, it is clear the field did not hesitate to ford the river 1 See p. The ruins of this have disappeared dxiring quite recent years. Doubtless the channel had not then been dredged to its present depth. Even so, one cannot help thinking how thankful one would have been to find the tide too high for the adventure.

On the other hand, the line taken was on many occasions just such as we should expect a fox to choose to-day. This applies in particular to the Haldon country. So far as one can judge, out of many good runs one of the best and longest was that from Rora Wood on the 12th January, , the line being by Bickington to Bagtor and the granite works at Heytor, over the moor to Buckland, through the woods there, across the Dart and to ground at Whitewood and Langa- marsh.

Sir Henry Scale, who was then in command, speaks of this as an extraordinary run. Naturally we find, interwoven with much excellent and sometimes brilliant sport, days and periods of failure and disappointment ; records of fog, bad scent, no sport, impossible weather and blank days, as on the day when all the country from Skerraton to Stover was drawn without finding! The difficulties of earth-stopping are also apparent throughout the journal, but we find only one instance mentioned of a three-legged fox being killed.

In the summer of , Sir Walter Carew suffered the greatest misfortune that can befall a master of hounds, for hydrophobia broke out in the kennels, with the result that he was not able to hunt the dog- hounds before November. From this statement it looks as if the whole pack was not attacked. In the season , the master started hunting dogs and bitches separately and sometimes hunted as many as three and four days a week. Bovey's hounds," which earthed a fox that was subsequently tm-ned out before Sir Walter's apparently in the neighbourhood of Bovey Tracey.

In the course of the run, Ml'. Bovey, who had come on purpose to see his fox tm'ned out, was thrown from his horse and killed on the spot. This 'Mr. Bovey was a brother of the " Bob Bovey," of Pear Tree, who, with Jack Russell, got into such hot water at Tiverton School for keeping a cry of hounds on the quiet.

Rodd's harriers in the country round Cotley Wood. In April, , they ran a fox from Skerraton Wood to Kingswood, where they joined forces with Bulteel's hounds, and the two packs afterwards proceeded to draw Raythorn Brake together, finding a fox and earthing him at Wood Ball. In December of the same year, Carew's, after throwing off at Chudleigh Bridge, met, and apparently joined forces with, Bennet's hounds which were running a fox.

In mention is made in the jom'nal of the hunt dinner at Chudleigh, which looks as if that function was then an annual affair. Under date 25th February, , a curious case is given of a vixen. This fox was taken out of a drain at Haccombe about 9 a. She was found and killed some six miles off, at Torbryan, the same morning by the pack which met at eleven o'clock at Bradley.

Especially intimate was he with the Hon. Newton Fellowes afterwards the fourth Earl of Portsmouth , and frequent were the visits he paid with his pack to Eggesford to take part in the Chumleigh meetings. For instance, meeting at Rackenford on February 18th, , the last day of that particular meeting, which had begun on the 28th January, Sir Walter describes how at the end of a good run the fox was viewed not a hundred yards before the hounds.

Every horse in the field beat to a standstill. A large field at meeting. Had a good run and lost. Here is his note of the day : " At Lapford Forches. Found directly ; killed. Found again in the Lapford covers. Russell, p. Here he was coursed and we hunted him back to Lapford where nothing saved his life but 2 or 3 fresh foxes. This was one of the finest runs I ever saw, up to Kennerley being perfect.

Tom Carew ; and into Mr. Bulteel's the Dartmoor , chiefly in the month of November. In connection with the latter, it is interesting to note that the Rybridge Week was firmly established before , for in November of that year it is spoken of as " The IvybTidge Meeting. At the end of the season , Sir Walter gave up the country and lent his pack, with the exception of eight couple of bitches, to his cousin, who was then hunting the Tiverton country-. In addition to his qualifications as a master of hounds Sir Walter was a good shot, a yachtsman and a devotee of the road.

In a notice of his death, which occurred at Marley on the 27th January, , a -vmter in Land and Water says that he developed into one of the best whips in the West, and that, in the days when the " Telegraph " and the " Quicksilver " were synonymous for speed and safety. Sir Walter was buried in the family vault at the little church close to Haccombe House. The door of this church still bears the remains of four ancient horseshoes nailed there as a token of thanksgiving by a Carew, who, long years ago, wagered with a Champernowne of Dartington as to which of them should swim his horse furthest out to sea.

The Carew won the wager and had considerable difficultv in saviner his own life and that of his friend. After resigning his commission in the 60th Rifles, Captain Haworth went to live at Southtown House, Kenton, and was factor to the Powderham estate, his wife. Lady Mary Haworth, being a cousin to the then Earl of Devon.

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His eldest son married a daughter of Mr. From to , Haworth had been hunting from Powderham a pack of harriers known as the Devon Harriers. There are various reports. The truth is, I believe, that Mr. Haworth drew Eastdon covert near Mr. Eales's house, and found a mangey, weak fox, which the hounds killed at Oxton. He also wrote to the acting M. The incident caused a considerable stir at the time, but was not repeated, and the troubled waters were soon quieted by the tact and good temper displayed by Sir Walter Carew and his deputy.

When the country became vacant in , Haworth took it over and substituted for the harriers a pack of foxhounds. His whipper-in was Tom Clark, and his kennel lad Charley Pike. The kennels, Mr. See p. Newton Fellowes for the Chumleigh Hunt week in , and as one of six or seven who were in at the death of a fox that, on the same occasion, Jack Russell's hounds hunted through twelve parishes, the run lasting from twelve o'clock until five. He says Ha worth was " not much of a hunts- man.

He would sit on the top of a hill and view holloa though his hounds were a mile away. None will dispute the correctness of the general rule, insisted upon in Anstruther Thomson's Hints to Huntsmen, that a huntsman should go to fetch his hounds rather than holloa or blow for them to come to him. But this general rule, like other general rules, has its exceptions, as, for example, where a huntsman cannot get to his hounds, or when to go there and back would involve undue delay.


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HA WORTH 63 importance to the rule in question ; or perhaps I should say that, having hunted mostly in rideable countries, he did not appreciate the modifications that an unrideable one may necessitate. Moreover, Colonel Thomson could not, at the time he made the note in his diary, have seen much of Captain Haworth, as he did not come to Devonshire until towards the end of the latter' s last season.

He did not then even know him well enough to spell his name correctly! That there could not have been much to find fault with in Haworth' s methods as a huntsman is proved by the record of excellent sport shewn by him and by the number of foxes accounted for in a notoriously difficult country in which to kill a fox. And this, with the disadvantages, in his first season, of a pack newly got together, and an abnormally dry and hot cub- hunting season.

A note of each day's sport was entered in the master's diary, which is illustrated with some clever pen-and-ink sketches. Its length — it comprises some twelve thousand words — precludes its reproduction here, but a careful perusal of its pages reveals the difficulties the master had to contend with and his success in overcoming them. The following were the chief fixtures in Haworth's time : Bellamarsh. Black Forest. Dunsford Bridge. Eastdon, Stareross. Forde House. Chudleigh Bridge. Cotleigh Wood.

Haldon Race Stand. Culver House. Powderham Saw Mills. Killerton Lodge. Round O. Sandy Gate. Stover Gate. Parke House, Bovey. Winslade House. It will be seen that long distances had to be covered to reach some of these fixtures. The distances home were in many cases still longer.

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But the Captain was as keen as mustard. This is shewn by the first entry in his diary, which records his cover- ing, in company with his hounds, the fourteen miles from the kennels to Bridford by 5. For, though a few such instances occurred in his first season, when the master mentions that he " shook a fox," the old system was not kept up once the need for it had ceased. Several excellent runs occurred in Haworth's first season, and also many very hard days creditable ahke to hounds and huntsman.

The master even had the satisfaction of shewing in his first season what may be classed as a record run, namely, on the 1st February, , the fixture being Lindridge. The time is given as two hours and ten minutes. After meeting at Sandy Gate, the pack hit the line of a moved fox in Torr Hill Brakes near Lindridge, and were fortunate enough to get on good terms with him.

The line taken was through Well Bottom, the Sands, Ugbrooke Park, Chudleigh, AMiiteway and Ashton, crossing the Teign there : then a big loop by Canonteign, re-crossing the river at Bridford, and away for Cotleigh Wood, within a few fields of which the hounds ran into their fox. Time, two hours and five minutes. The pack had killed a fox after hunting him for an hour and a half, and the field, by some mistake, had all gone home, thinking the master had left off drawing.

But he had not ; and he found another fox. Nobody but Tom and I, and our heads turned towards Dartmoor. I must confess that, as it grew darker and the pace increased, I began to fear I should lose the homids on the moor. We had a splendid fifty minutes, and, as good fortune would have it, he turned his head being afraid of the fog back to Stover and we stopped the hounds, it being dark.

Doubtless, as his experience ripened, he came to learn that a good scent in falling snow is no phenomenon. Haworth began his second season very strong in hounds — thirty-eight couple of working hounds — and he hunted three days a week. But the cubhunting season was again verv hot and drv, not a single drop of rain falling until just before the opening day which was on the 10th October.

Then the frost set in and interfered a good deal with sport. This season was characterized by bad weather ; violent storms, torrents of rain and boisterous days occurring with great frequency. After this there was a succession of good runs ending with blood. The season, however, taken as a whole, was a bad scenting one, and frost and snow set in again at the end of January, when the diary ends abruptly.

From the diary we learn that the coverts drawn from Killerton included Cutton Allows and Stoke Woods. It is interesting, too, to read that a fox found near the house at Oxton, at that time the residence of Mr. Swete, a staunch friend to hunt- ing, " immediately went into the otter earths.

Sometimes it is a little difficulty about So-and-so's coverts ; sometimes the members of the field are to blame ; sometimes careless or neglected earth- stopping. Once a hound was caught in a vermin trap and bled to death. Bad weather and bad scent were common then, as now, and mange was not unknown. There is a very old wire fence there now, which may well have been then newly put up to protect the belt of planta- tion on the Oxton side of the park when first planted. The lichen-covered posts and rusty wire harmonize so well with the surrounding bracken and trees, as to be practically invisible in certain lights.

I once galloped unconsciously slap into it ; so, on sepa- rate occasions, did Mr. Godfrey Lee and another friend of mine. Among the members of the field of those days appear the names of Lord Cranstoun, Mr. Wall of Bradley, Mr. Clack and Mr. Kitson ; and the master's reference to the first flight includes Mr. Short, Mr. Swete, Mr. Lane and Mr. On leaving Devonshire in , Haworth took over the mastership of the Hampshire Hounds, better known as the H.

When he left Devon, he took a part of his pack with him into Hampshire, and, as some of these hounds doubtless figure in the picture of part of his Hampshire pack, I have thought it worth while to reproduce it. At any rate it gives an idea of the type of hound of that day. This picture, as also the pictures of two of his horses. Lady Mary Leslie, who tells a quaint story of The Barber. It seems that on their long journeys home after hunting, master and man would sometimes stop for 1 Baily's Hunting Directory gives his dates as master of the H.

It should be to On those occasions, whoever was riding The Barber was obhged to dismount, for the horse would never stand still and allow his rider to drink in comfort. See whether he will have one himself. After that, it was found that, once he had had his quart, he was quite amenable to his rider following suit. The picture of Captain Rock was painted just out- side the eastern corner of Powderham Park, and shews in the background a glimpse of the estuary of the Exe, with Powderham Church on the left.

The hounds appear to be some of the Devon Harriers. The quaint little terrier in the foreground was a great favourite of his master's, and, when the latter was mounted, the terrier would make a stepping-stone of his foot to spring on to the saddle. The portrait of Captain Ha worth is from a little water-colour sketch made by his sister and is said to be an excellent likeness.

Lady Mary Leslie also has her father's horn. It is of copper, rather shorter and with less bell than most of the horns of that period, though not as short or as straight as the generality of modern horns. Its tone struck me as particularly sweet, even in a London flat! After giving up the H. He has many an interesting anecdote and many a thrilling adventure to relate in his book The Silver Greyhound , so called after the badge of office peculiar to the Service. Haworth's whipper-in, Tom Clark, afterwards became huntsman to the Craven, under Mr.

Ville- bois, and, later, for five years to the Old Berkshire, under Mr. Then, when the famous Tubney pack was broken up and the eighth Duke of Beaufort bought eight couple for four hundred guineas, Clark went with them to Badminton and remained as huntsman to the Duke for ten years, often hunting hounds six days a week. He had the character of being too keen upon blood. I confess I never knew a huntsman who was otherwise ; it is the business of the M.

But he was, perhaps, a trifle too anxious to get away for a gallop. Nor was he very thorough in drawing his coverts, and not seldom drew over his fox. He was proverbially a bad finder of foxes. Once in the open, he was, however, in his element ; he loved to shew his field a gallop, and could be with his hounds when they ran. Clark retired in and took an inn at Chipping Sodbury. Lane, who built kennels at the farm, now called Oaklands, which he had taken near Chudleigh. Instantly smitten by Rebecca, Devon is not sure whether Rebecca feels the same about her.

Quite an Undertaking: Devon's Story is written in Devon's point of view, in the first person, and we are privy to her innermost thoughts and emotions. One of the issues that appear in the book is that the main characters are of different skin colour. This book was a cute, short read. May 31, Alena rated it did not like it Shelves: fiction , queer , children-ya.

I should really listen to my gut. Badly written, full of one-dimensional characters. Too bad the serious underlying theme of racism was not explored more skillfully. Add to that annoying phonetic spelling of a French accent and odd handling of French dialog, often explained awkwardly in next sentence. Heinerway rated it liked it Feb 11, Crim rated it liked it Dec 24, Jer rated it really liked it Dec 15, Traj rated it liked it Jul 21, Angela M Olson rated it it was amazing Aug 28, Robin Whitley rated it liked it Dec 02, Dovesari rated it really liked it Jul 25, Antz rated it really liked it Mar 11, Barbara L.

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His coverage of St Mary Arches is more detailed: "worth seeing Memorials to Exeter worthies, 16th to 18th centuries. David's Station. The church was envisaged by W. St Edmund-on-the-Bridge was built on the Exe Bridge ca. Two arches of the bridge remain under the undercroft though the church was rebuilt in the Perpendicular style in , using the old materials. St Martin's is in the Cathedral Close ; the plan is odd, and there are numerous items of church furniture, though these are not of high aesthetic value.

St Mary Arches is a Norman church with aisles. St Mary Steps was originally by the West Gate of the city; the font is Norman, and there is a remarkable early clock. St Michael, Heavitree was built in —46 and extended later in the century. St Pancras is of the 13th century and has a nave and chancel only; the font is Norman. The plan of St Petroc's church is highly unusual: a second chancel has been added facing north while the original chancel has another use and faces east.

There are two aisles on the south, one of and another of the 16th century. St Sidwell's church is by W. Burgess, , in the Perpendicular style. St Stephen's church is partly of the 13th century but most of the structure is as rebuilt in The rugby union team Exeter Chiefs play their home games at Sandy Park stadium, located adjacent to junction 30 of the M5, and frequently achieve attendances of over 11, spectators. Exeter Chiefs relocated there from their previous stadium at the County Ground which had been used continually from Exeter Chiefs achieved promotion in the —10 season following concessive victories against Bristol and have since remained within the highest division of English rugby, the Aviva Premiership.

In the —12 season of the Aviva Premiership, Exeter Chiefs finished in fifth place, earning a spot in the Heineken Cup. Exeter City is Exeter's predominant Professional Association football club. They play their home games at St James Park, where they have remained since they were established in Originally, St James Park was a field used for fattening pigs. A redevelopment scheme was introduced in , due to finish the year after, apparently providing a vastly increased fan experience.

Exeter City F. C became founder members of the Football League 's new Third Division south in , but have never progressed beyond the third tier of the English football league system. In , Exeter City F. C were relegated to the Conference before reclaiming their Football League place in and achieving successive promotions to League One in However, Exeter City F. Exeter Cricket Club play their home games at Country Ground where they have remained for a period exceeding years. Exeter Rowing Club enjoys an extraordinarily large amount of success both locally and nationally, and has a recorded history originating in the early 19th century.

The City of Exeter Rowing Regatta is run annually in July, and is the eldest and largest regatta in the South West, with racing first recorded on the river in the s. Exeter's speedway team, Exeter Falcons , was established in and were located at the County Ground until its permanent closure in In a fixture during the season, they defeated Rye House by the maximum score of 75— At the site, Exeter Falcons member Jack Geran trained younger members in the art of the shale sport on a speedway training track in the late s and earlys.

The history of Speedway in Exeter up to the mids has been recorded in three books by Tony Lethbridge. The Exeter Book originates from the 10th century and is one of four manuscripts that between them encompass all surviving poetry composed in Old English. Predominantly, the Book incorporates shorter poems, several religious pieces, and a series of riddles , a handful of which are famously lewd.

A selection of the aforementioned riddles are inscribed on a highly polished steel obelisk situated in High Street, placed there on 30 March Another famous piece of literature is the Exon Domesday , a composite land and tax register of The piece contains a variety of administrative materials concerning the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

This piece is also conserved in Exeter Cathedral. Numerous theatres occupy Exeter. One of which is the Northcott Theatre. The Northcott Theatre is situated in the Streatham campus of the University of Exeter and is one of relatively few provincial English theatres to maintain its own repertory company.

This theatre is the successor to the former Theatre Royal, Exeter which was permanently closed in Another popular theatre in Exeter is the Barnfield Theatre. Originally, the building was constructed as Barnfield Hall by Exeter Literary Society towards the end of the 19th century and converted in Currently, the theatre is a charity and is used as a venue for amateur and professional theatrical companies. As well as performances given by students in training, this theatre also stages performances from visiting repertory companies and has a good reputation for quality events.

The Theatre was forced to close after failing to generate enough profit from the cocktail bar in order to operate the theatre. Fundamentally, the theatre offered intimate live music and performances and operated from basement premises in Fore Street. Additionally, more innovative and contemporary performances, theatrical productions and dance pieces are programmed by Exeter Phoenix in Exeter City Centre and The Exeter Corn Exchange in Market Street.

There are two festivals each year, of all the arts but with a particular concentration of musical events: the annual "Vibraphonic" [] festival, held in March provides a fortnight of soul, blues, jazz, funk, reggae and electronic music. Thomas transmitter. Other radio stations include Exeter FM , an easy listening station broadcasting on FM which provides a "no adverts no playlist" alternative on Additionally, Exeter University has a well established student station, Xpression FM , which broadcasts on The local commercial radio station is Radio Exe. The local community radio station is Phonic FM.

Although, both services do have newsrooms in Exeter. The St Thomas and Stockland Hill transmitting station both provide the city's coverage with both transmitters having completed the digital switchover. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Exeter disambiguation. City in the south west of England. City and non-metropolitan district in England. City and non-metropolitan district. Semper fidelis Always Faithful.

The District of Exeter including Topsham shown within Devon. Further information: Timeline of Exeter. See also: Dumnonii and British Iron Age. See also: List of places in Exeter. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. See also: List of schools in Devon.

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