Holsworthy Museum

Holsworthy Museum

The museum is housed in part of a building which is in itself a museum piece; a small manor house dating from the 17th century which was used as a parsonage in 1724. There are five separate rooms, individually themed, which cover the history of Holsworthy, local tradesmen's tools, medical and apothecary items, World War II and a kitchen with its original cobbled floor, copper and fireplace.

The museum was completely refurbished in 1999 and an entrance porch built giving direct access to the museum from the town's main car park.

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  • Railway

    In the first room you will be able to trace the history of the Railway and see how important it was to Holsworthy. There are many photographs showing the building of Holsworthy's two viaducts and the opening ceremony when the town was decorated for the celebrations.

  • Kitchen items

    In the kitchen there are many interesting items, some being relatively modern. There is also a small display of commemorative china.

  • Country crafts - thatcher, blacksmith, wheelwright

    This small room, added in 1999, contains various tools of local tradesmen including those of the blacksmith, thatcher and wheelwright.

  • The War Room

    Artefacts from the two World Wars show local involvement with the war effort. A mock-up of weekly rations is viewed by amazement by young children.

  • Medical and apothecary

    Apothecary and various medical items form an interesting display. You can also find information on the old workhouse at Daw field and the story of how local doctor Stuart Craddock helped with the Discovery of Penicillin

Admission & prices

Free entry
DONATIONS gratefully received

Find us

Situated in the main Car park (Manor Car Park) Opposite Holsworthy Parish Church

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  • Parking available
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities

Museum situated close to Town Centre in the main car park opposite the Church
.Where you can find several eating places to suit all tastes.
Thriving Cattle Market held Weds just outside the town.
'Pannier Market with stalls in the Square Weds.

GROUP and School visits by appointment

If you cannot visit during our normal opening hours, we will always attempt to open at a time to suit you. 01409259337 or email

To arrange a visit please contact us by letter, email or telephone (an answering machine will take your call if there's no one there).

We hold birth death marriage details for the Holsworthy and surrounding areas along with some Cornish fiche .These can be viewed by appointment or if you are unable to visit email us or phone leave a message and our designated volunteer will contact you

Holsworthy Museum
Manor Offices
EX22 6DJ

T: 01409 259337
E: holsworthymuseum@btconnect.com

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Holsworthy Museum

Holsworthy Museum
Manor Offices

Holsworthy, DEVON EX22 6DJ