Whimple Heritage Centre

Whimple Heritage Centre

The Whimple Heritage Centre is managed and maintained by an enthusiastic group of volunteers interested in Whimple's past and also its present. We are archiving today's information for historians of the future and committed to researching, recording and making available to anyone, via the Heritage Centre facility, information relating to the history of the village of Whimple, its people, customs, traditions, skills and trades.

The Society opened its Heritage Centre in May 2003 and has many thousands of photographs and artefacts connected with village life over the past 150 years. Our records are available to view and we are continuing our programme of digital accessibility.

Visit website

  • Cyder making

    Images of cyder making at a touch. The display and touch-screen shows information on the subject of cyder making. More subjects will soon be added - they're just a touch away!

  • The John Shepherd Gallery

    Lots of info on Whimple including a display recounting the exploits of village resident Ann Daniels, Arctic and Antarctic explorer. Also on display are the new Diamond Jubilee and New Fountain Inn exhibitions.

  • The Coopers Tools

    An excellent set of coopers tools including some that were made by the village cooper. One of our finest exhibits

  • Locally produced wood turning objects

    We have a display case dedicated to various wood turned items produced by a Whimple craftsman. They are hugely popular and range from egg cups to fruit bowls in a variety of highly attractive and unusual woods.

  • Model of Cyder Barn

    This superb model was designed and built by Brian Nickolls who with his wife Jenny owned the Whimple Dolls House Museum. The museum was situated in The Square at what is now The Jays and was open for five years until 1999. The model is made in 1/12 scale and took 6 weeks to research and build. The cider press, apple mill and barrel rack were also hand made by Brian. Whimple Heritage Centre is very grateful to Jenny Nickolls for her permission to exhibit this model.

Admission & prices

Admission is FREE

We can facilitate access and provide personal assistance with our archive information at a charge of £5.00 per hour.

We will copy documents and photos/images at the following prices:
B & W copies : 50p per A4 sheet
Colour copying : £1.00 per A4 sheet
Images/photos copied to photo quality paper : £1.50

Find us

From East or West on the A30 take the Whimple turning at the Daisy Mount junction.
Postcode - EX5 2TA
Satnav - select New Fountain Inn under Inns/Food/etc.

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Information

  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

The Heritage Centre is located immediately adjacent to the New Fountain Inn, famous locally for good food at excellent value plus a selection of real ales. The natives are friendly and dogs are welcome.

The Heritage Centre is located immediately adjacent to the New Fountain Inn, famous locally for good food at excellent value plus a selection of real ales. The natives are friendly and dogs are welcome. There is also another local pub called the Thirsty Farmer where food is also available. CHANGES TO THE HERITAGE CENTRE EXHIBITS FOR 2014
The History Society has embarked upon a project to commemorate the centenary of the start of The Great War. We hope to open the Heritage Centre in 2014 with an exhibition of stories and pictures which illustrate the social history of Whimple when news of the war broke out. We also want to be able to tell the stories of the many Whimple people who not only went to fight in the war but also stayed behind.
The centre now has a new display board with an integral touch-screen display showing the history of cyder making
The Pomona Book
We have a very old and interesting book on display in the Centre. There is a display screen showing much of the contents.However, Adam Montague has produced a most interesting write up on the book and you can read it by following this link, http://devon-apples.co.uk/index.php?page=1729-pomona

Whimple History Society
Lockyers Linhay
Church Road
Whimple
Devon EX5 2TA
Whimple
EX5 2TA

T: 01404 822499
E: info@whimple.org

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Whimple Heritage Centre

Whimple History Society
Lockyers Linhay
Church Road
Whimple
Devon EX5 2TA

Whimple, DEVON EX5 2TA