A History of Devonport by Chris Robinson ISBN: 9780954348090


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Immediate dispatch from Somerset. Nice book in great condition. Pages in excellent condition. No notes or highlighting. See images. Fantastic book.

About the book >.>.> I have chosen to write this book in four separate guises covering four distinct periods of time. The beginning of our story is recounted through the persona of the first Master Shipwright of the Dockyard Elias Waffe. Appointed in January 1690 just months after the decision had been taken to site a new Royal Dock Yard somewhere in the neighbourhood Elias Waffe married Mary Theede on 15 December 1691 in London. One of the first Officers at Hamoze to be housed in the splendid new terrace here Waffe lived next door to the Commissioner of the Yard and was second only in seniority to him. The first section of this history of Devonport is called Hamoze simply because almost all of the early maps and written references to the new development called it that. Occasionally it is referenced as the Dock at Plymouth but in most instances where it is given an identity of its own it is Hamoze or Hamoaze. In the early part of 1698 Elias moved up to Portsmouth it was just after Mary had became pregnant with their son also Elias. However once in Portsmouth his paths continued to cross with various characters who were important players in the early days of Devonport and so it seemed logical to use his voice for this part of the story. However we have no written record of any of his observations and so the narrative while based on actual events is the product of artistic licence. Edward Hoxland meanwhile it is who picks up the literary baton in 1796 for that was when he published The Plymouth Dock Guide or An Authentic Account of the Rise and Progress of that Town. As such it predated any published specific account of Plymouth by a lifetime – the first essays towards a full history of Plymouth appearing in the 1870s.

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