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John Pedder

Born in 1935 John grew up in the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. One side of his family had been Postmasters since 1886 and the other butchers in Lynton since 1820. John himself was the fourth generation to go to sea; his great grandfather had been a photographer who was lost at sea, his grandfather had owned six ships and traded from Lynmouth, and his father had been in the merchant navy and was torpedoed - but survived - in the first world war. John joined the merchant navy himself as soon as he left West Buckland school and spent six years at sea. On returning home he took over the post office, co-founded the Exmoor museum and became very involved in public life.

Black and white photo taken in the mid 1930s of Jack Pedder the Campbell’s shipping Agent for Lynmouth standing in front of three beached packet boats which were rowed out to meet the paddle steamers, standing in front of the Lynmouth lifeboat house.

John Pedder's chapter includes the following topics and many more:

  • Lynmouth as a busy harbour
  • Granfer Pedder’s sailing ketches
  • beaching ketches at high tide
  • unloading cargo
  • coal, pit-props and limestone
  • running the post office from 1886
  • marching the staff to church
  • overland lifeboat launch and the ‘Forest Hall’
  • Lynton butchers from the 1820s
  • Lynmouth agent for Campbell’s paddle steamers
  • organising the boats to row out and pick up the passengers
  • what the day trippers would buy
  • telegrams and the poste restante service
  • growing up in a hotel
  • small-boat herring fishing
  • sea swimming in the open air pool
  • the lime burner and Lynton blacksmith
  • evacuees and military personnel
  • Valley of the Rocks coast guard
  • the Lynmouth flood
  • town on wheels
  • Myrtleberry and the Exmoor museum

Page sample from John Pedder's Chapter

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Photo samples from John Pedder's Chapter

  • Black and white photo taken in about 1939 of John Pedder as a lad standing at a bench and roaring with laughter.
  • Black and white photo taken in the 1920s of farmer/butcher Herbert Medway standing in front of a hay wagon with other farm workers at West Lyn farm above Lynmouth.
  • Black and white photo taken in 1890s of produce laid out in baskets on the street in front of EJ Pedder’s grocery shop at Lynmouth.
  • Black and white photo taken before the second war in Lynmouth harbour of the last of the ten-oar propelled  Lynmouth lifeboats.
  • Black and white photo taken outside the railway station immediately after the second war of Jack Pedder as Mayor of Lynton and Lynmouth starting off the first motorcycle in the London to Land’s End trials.
  • Black and white photo taken in about 1940 in the grounds of the Sinai Hotel, Lynton. of John Pedder as a lad sitting with a hotel guest who had self evacuated at the start of the war on an old boat called the ‘Optimist’ which had been set up in the hotel grounds.

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