Devon Day is on the 4 June, the feast day of Saint Petroc, a 6th century Celtic saint significant in the county, to whom the Devon flag is dedicated.

For this year’s Devon Day we are celebrating some of the great figures in our history.

Lady Sayer

Sylvia Sayer was Chairman of the Dartmoor Preservation Association from 1951 to 1973 and a passionate campaigner for Dartmoor.

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W. G. Hoskins

William Hoskins is often described as the ‘father’ of the study of English local history. For his monumental history of Devon, published in 1954, he visited every parish in the county, travelling by bus, train or on foot.

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Mary Willcocks

Mary Willcocks has been characterised as ‘Devon’s forgotten feminist.’ She supported women’s suffrage and campaigned on employment and education.

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Lewis Burfitt

Lewis Burfitt was held captive in the largest prisoner of war camp in northern China. He recorded his experiences in remarkable detail in a diary acquired by Devon Archives.

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