Ilfracombe

Scope and Content

Comprising geological cross-section depicting English Channel and Devonshire (page 1); sea-scape photograph (page 3); images from the Bathing Coves and the Ilfracombe Hotel (page 4); signed list of participants (page 5 insert); account of excursion to Morthoe Station, Morte Point, and Babbacombe, including pamphlet of Ilfracombe Hotel (page 5 insert); letter from proprietor of hotel, A.R Groves concerning the groups booking (page 5 ) sea-scape photograph (page 7); images of Morte Point and Woolcombe Bay (page 8); account of excursions to Hele Bay and Capel Pit, and Morthoe and Woolacombe Sands (page 9 insert); images of Babbacombe beach and Lee (page 9); account of excursion to Torrs walk, images, admission ticket and sketch (pages 10-11); account of expedition to Francis quarry, images and a poem about expedition work and fossils (pages 12-13); account of expedition to Barnstaple (page 15 insert); photographs of Sampson’s Cove and folded limestone at Hele Bay (page 16); account of expeditions to Sampson’s Cove, Haggington and Hele beaches including section seen at east end of Sampson’s bay (page 17 insert); sample of dried flowers from the lane between Braunton and Croyde (page 19); account of expedition to Braunton, Saunton & Croyde including a business card of C.Clarke and Son for open and closed carriages (page 21 insert); a poem entitled 'The Devonshire Expedition' by W.E.H Humphreys (page 23 insert); account of day spent labeling fossils and visiting bathing coves (page 25 insert); telegrams concerning the Cambridge-Oxford boat race, 1898 (2) (page 26); account of discussions of theories surrounding the explanation of the geological structure of North Devon, and visit to a quarry (page 27); sample of dried flowers (page 29); section diagram showing Little Hangman, West Challacombe and east of Combe Martin Bay (page 30); description of expedition Combe Martin and Hangman (page 31 insert); photographs of pipes formed in non calcareous rain-wash north side of Croyde Bay, and members of the expedition at the Granite boulder (4) (page 32); account of expedition to Croyde Bay including some section diagrams of Baggy point (page 33 insert); loose sketch and poem entitled 'notes by the way' (page 49 insert); watercolor section drawing (page 57); and miscellaneous notes (page 61).

Administrative / Biographical History

Participants included: Thomas McKenny Hughes; M.C Hughes; J. Symonds Hooker; W.E.H Murphys; F.H.A Marshall; S. E Brown (President); C.G Weld; A.L Reckitt; Ernest William Rowntree.

  • Thursday 17th March 1898: Morthoe, Morte Point, Babbacombe, Morthoe village, Lee.
  • Friday 18th March 1898: Hele Bay and Capel Pit.
  • Saturday 19th March 1898: Morthroe, Woolacombe Sands.
  • Sunday 20th March 1898: Torrs Walk.
  • Monday 21st March 1898: Francis Quarry.
  • Tuesday 22nd March 1898: Barnstable to Ilfracombe.
  • Wednesday 23rd March 1898: Sampsons Cove, Hagginton Beach, Hele Beach.
  • Thursday 24th March 1898: Braunton, Croyde, Saunton.
  • Friday 25th March 1898: Labeling fossils. Bathing coves.
  • Saturday 26th March 1898: Discussion of theories. Visit to a quarry.
  • Sunday 27th March 1898: Combe Martin & Hangman.
  • Monday 28th March 1898: Croyde Bay, Baggy Point.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Slight damage to binding, minor foxing and discoloration, some transfer of text onto opposition page, plant examples coming loose and some loose pages. [Conservation postgraduate student assessment, 2011]

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