For more information on Dunkeswell and The Blackdown Hills heritage, landscape, wildlife and history see:
The Blackdown Hills AONB Wildlife Page
The Blackdown Hills AONB Landscape Page
The Blackdown Hills AONB Heritage Page (extract below)
The remarkable historical and archaeological value of the Blackdown Hills is one of the reasons the area is protected. The landscape has been shaped by man, from early hunters to modern farmers.
RAF Culmhead Heritage Environment Programme
This study of the surviving structures and the history of the former RAF fighter station at Culmhead sets out the history of the airfield and its buildings; the significance of the airfield, regionally and nationally, and puts forward recommendations for the conservation, management and further recording work of these structures. View Project Report
Dunkeswell War Stories
Capturing on film the stories of local people and US veterans based at Dunkeswell during WW2
Dunkeswell War Stories
The AONB Partnership supports the Carousel Project in delivering high-quality, creative and fun local heritage learning for very young children and their families. This video was produced by one group exploring about the area’s ancient iron industry
Iron Working in the Blackdown Hills
Harvestories collects audio recordings of local people talking about their lives and puts them online.
This volunteer-led group is gathering and making available a wealth of local material.
Blackdown Archives website
We organise an active heritage group and there are many other local groups with an interest in history, heritage and archaeology.
Other useful links:
South West Airfields Trust seeks to preserve the heritage and integrity of the region’s World War II airfields for future generations, while honouring those who served at them.
Pastscape – National Monuments Record entries for the Blackdown Hills, including Row Barrow, Brown Down Woods, Robin Hood Butts, Broad Down and Dunkeswell Airfield.
English Heritage Viewfinder, Luppitt collection of photographs
Archaeology Data Service – Search under ‘Blackdown Hills’ to show records of excavations in the area
Wellington Oral History Group – The Workers Tale, CD recordings of people who worked in the main industries in Wellington, and includes some who lived in the Blackdown AONB. These are located in Wellington Museum, where there is a CD player. Tel. No. for opening times – 01823-666702