Our growing collections of Kindle books, videos and other products come from our researches & the many special exhibitions at Hemyock Castle.
Kindle eBook version of the new Hemyock Castle guidebook also available as a printed booklet.
In 1995, Margaret Sheppard conducted a large number of interviews with residents of Hemyock, about their eyewitness memories of life. Kindle books resulting from these interviews are published in the "Hemyock Memories" series.
The complete WWII "Box Set," Hemyock Memories Volume 5, contains all our WWII volumes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 covering life during World War II 1939-45. These Memories of WWII Kindle books contain over 75 first-hand accounts by residents of Hemyock, of their life during WWII, both serving overseas and on the "Home Front." HD Slideshows of the many photos are on YouTube and also available on DVD.
Subsequent volumes in the Hemyock Memories series contains fascinating tales of long-forgotten rural life in Hemyock and the Blackdowns.
Volume 6 "Country Cures and Cider" includes traditional country cures for horses & humans; and commercial cider-making at Hemyock Castle Farm.
All proceeds from these two series of Kindle books go to Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group charity.
This is the first volume in a series containing fascinating tales of long-forgotten rural life in Hemyock and the Blackdown Hills. This series is based largely on personal interviews conducted in 1995; edited & republished in electronic format on Kindle, to raise funds for Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group Charity, which does so much to help frail & elderly residents.
These series of Kindle eBooks can be read on any Kindle device, and also in the free Kindle reading apps that Amazon offers for PCs, tablets and smartphones. Kindle now also offers a free online Kindle reader, which works within most web browsers.
In our modern world with its instant communications and 24/7 TV news coverage, it's hard to imagine rural Devon life before the 1940s when many people in Hemyock seldom ventured farther than the nearby towns; almost anything necessary could be made, bought or repaired locally; and where most activities had been contained within the village. This was long before the UK's National Health Service was founded: People, especially in rural areas such as Hemyock, relied on traditional cures & remedies, even for quite serious medical problems & injuries.
This book covers:
It includes the story of healing the eye of a valuable Arab colt horse, using just ordinary sugar; Also cider-making at Hemyock Castle Farm. This book relates some traditional remedies for humans and horses; as well as the important part that cider and cider-making played in village life. It is equivalent to about 20 A5 pages.
Originally, the memories were published in 1995 as Hemyock's Memories of War, a 65 page, A4 printed booklet, illustrated with many photographs. Several hundred copies were sold. All profits went to the Royal British Legion. Note. All copies were sold, this printed version is now out of print.
The adapted extracts published on this website in 2005, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day, give a flavour of these rare stories from a wide variety of eyewitnesses.
Now edited & republished in electronic format on Kindle , to raise funds for Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group Charity, which does so much to help frail & elderly residents.
The complete original text in Volume 0 is equivalent to about 135 A5 pages. The entries have now been re-arranged in alphabetical order, by surname; linked from the contents list. At the back of the book, there is a list of the participants and local people mentioned in their accounts. The original photos & images have been made into four HD slideshows and uploaded to YouTube. Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4 contain themed, edited, illustrated extracts from Volume 0. Volume 5 is a complete Box Set containing Volumes 0, 1, 2, 3, & 4.
This series of books can be read on any Kindle device, and also in the free Kindle reading apps that Amazon offers for PCs, tablets and smartphones. Kindle now also offers a free online Kindle reader, which works within most web browsers.
Volume 5 contains all 5 previous volumes; making it a complete WWII Box Set: The recommended version.
Volume 0 contains the complete text in alphabetical order, with over 75 first-hand accounts, plus the full list of names: Still available separately, but the "Box Set" includes this and is better value.
Illustrated edited excepts: Dunkirk 1940, D-Day 1944, Surrender of German U-Boat Fleet 1945: Still available separately, but the "Box Set" includes this and is better value.
Illustrated edited extracts. Many of these stories were written by women and are about wartime life for women; including working in new roles, replacing men who had been sent overseas to fight: Still available separately, but the "Box Set" includes this and is better value.
These edited extracts cover many of the campaigns, including the long bitter struggle after the D-Day landings in June 1944 until Europe was finally liberated on 8th May 1945, VE-Day: Still available separately, but the "Box Set" includes this and is better value.
These edited extracts cover the Arctic, to the tropics and the steamy heat of Burma; then on to witnessing the Japanese surrender in Singapore and release of the prisoners of war, after VJ-Day on 15th August 1945: Still available separately, but the "Box Set" includes this and is better value.
For convenience, the more than 130 photos from the original book have been arranged in four groups, forming four slide shows, each lasting about four minutes. The slide shows have been uploaded as 1080p HD. This means that they can be viewed using most types of computer or mobile devices and at any of the resolutions supported by YouTube. Contact us for a DVD version of these slideshows, or versions in other formats.
Several edited excerpts of the WWII Memories are available on YouTube. These use automated text-to-speech software to read the text aloud, while the text scrolls slowly up the screen.
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