Author seeks memories of Braunton

North Devon author Avril Stone is planning a book of Braunton.

North Devon author Avril Stone is planning a book of Braunton. - Credit: Archant

Villagers being invited to supply memories or pictures to help North Devon author Avril Stone create a new book on the village.

BRAUNTON folk are being invited to help write a unique record of their village and its life during the past century.

Their memories – and photographs – will be woven into a book by well known North Devon author Avril Stone, whose millennium Book of Barnstaple is still a best-seller.

“The more distant past is a wonderful foundation story of the village, but this book will be mainly about nearer years, covering the last century or so,” said Avril.

“There’s a wealth of wonderful stories out there that need to be recorded before they are lost in time.”

Among the subjects she would like to hear about are the trades and traders, fishing and farming, life and work around Braunton’s Great Field, wartime and the American ‘invasion’, Chivenor and its village links, the railway and well-known characters.

Avril’s other books include her first about her former home village of High Bickington and one about the Mull of Kintyre where she and her husband lived before returning to North Devon. Her early years were spent at Muddiford where her parents owned the New Inn.

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Avril will be at Braunton Museum every Thursday from March 21 between 10am and 12.30pm, with villagers invited to drop in and share their memories or photographs. If you cannot make these dates, contact Avril on 01271 549235 or email

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