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Benjamin Donn 1765 Map of Devon Study Day 
with James Grimwood-Taylor and Abi Gray

Saturday 28 March 2020, 10:30am - 3:30pm
at Torrington Town Hall, High Street, Torrington EX36 8HN

Benjamin Donn was born in Bideford, and until 1768 was a teacher of the "mathematics and natural philosophy" on the Newtonian principles at his father's school. In 1765 he produced a remarkably accurate map of Devonshire from a survey he undertook himself. This map gives an interesting insight into the county more than 250 years ago.

A study day has been organised by the Bideford Branch of the Devonshire Association (DA), The Arts Society North Devon, and the Devon Rural Archive (DRA), and will include two talks and an exhibition. 


James Grimwood-Taylor MA. FSA (Scot) FSPH, FRPSL, will describe the background of Benjamin Donn's family and the Bideford connection.

Abi Gray BA. MA., Curator & Resident Archaeologist of the Devon Rural Archive will explore Benjamin Donn's map, revealing some of its detail and what is known of his working practices. She will also discuss the importance of the map for modern researchers and explain how Donn's map underpins the wider work of the Archive.

Places on the Study Day are limited to 60 and tickets are issued on a first come first served basis. The closing date for applications is 14th February 2020. Tickets cost £20 and include tea, coffee, and buffet lunch. 

Application forms are available from the Devonshire Association Registrar Dr. Bridget Gillard, The Devonshire Association, Unit 10 Chitterley Business Centre, Silverton Exeter EX5 4DB. Telephone 01392 860456 or e-mail registrar@devonassoc.org.uk