When we started this website, had anyone told us
it would still be going and growing in three years' time, it is doubtful
if we would have agreed. But at that time, we hadn't realised the nature
of the support we were going to receive. What has made this family
pretty well unique has been, and continues to be, the willingness
of family members, not only to read each Issue, but to take time and
trouble to write out what they know of their own history to add to the rapidly-growing knowledge base.
So we'd like to say a very big "thank
you" to all our Contributors and especially those who
featured in the 2004 Issues either as writers or as researchers of the
material for articles. They are
Rita Montano, Rita Poirier, Pat and Roy Hewitt (2
articles), Geoff Ledden, Doreen Norton (5 articles) Reg Hubber, Roy
Hayter (2 articles) and Reg Norton (2 articles).
Roy Hayter brings the year to an end with another
article about Sir Francis Drake. Drake brought a water supply to
Plymouth as a matter of self-interest. However, this act led ultimately
to the development of the town of Dock (which became Devonport) and the
creation of the great City of Plymouth - a place which has provided
homes and work for countless ancestors over the centuries - in the end,
everyone reaped the benefit.
"The Devon Weekly Times" had a huge
readership , far larger than its circulation figures would suggest. Each
edition was passed from reader to reader until the pages fell apart, and
the same trains which took the paper out to Crediton, Bow, Morchard
Bishop and beyond, took the inhabitants of those places back into Exeter
to visit shops and theatres for fares as low as 6d. We've looked at the
Christmas editions for 1861,1862 and 1863 to see what entertainment
was on offer.
To everyone who reads the
magazine each month, thank you once more for your continued
support because without you, it would
all be a bit pointless. The next Issue is already under
way so we wish all our readers a very happy
Christmas and look forward to you joining us again in 2005.