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Hemyock Castle: Kindle Books and More:

Our growing collections of Kindle books, videos and other products come from our researches & the many special exhibitions at Hemyock Castle.

In 1995, Margaret Sheppard conducted a large number of interviews with residents of Hemyock, about their memories of life. Kindle books resulting from these interviews are published in the "Hemyock Memories" series.

Volume 5 is the complete WWII "Box Set" which contains all WWII volumes; 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 which cover life during World War II 1939-45. These Memories of War Kindle books contain over 75 first-hand accounts by residents of Hemyock, of their life during WWII, both serving overseas and on the "Home Front." HD Slideshows of the many photos are on YouTube and also available on DVD.

Subsequent volumes in the Hemyock Memories series contains fascinating tales of long-forgotten rural life in Hemyock and the Blackdowns.

Volume 6 "Country Cures and Cider" includes traditional country cures for horses & humans; and commercial cider-making at Hemyock Castle Farm.

All proceeds from these two series of Kindle books go to Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group charity.


Hemyock Residents Remember:

Cover: Hemyock Memories Kindle Book, Country Cures & Cider
Country Cures and Cider

This is the first volume in a series containing fascinating tales of long-forgotten rural life in Hemyock and the Blackdown Hills. This series is based largely on personal interviews conducted in 1995; edited & republished in electronic format on Kindle, to raise funds for Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group Charity, which does so much to help frail & elderly residents.

This series of books can be read on any Kindle device, and also in the free Kindle reading apps that Amazon offers for PCs, tablets and smartphones. Kindle now also offers a free online Kindle reader, which works within most web browsers.


"Country Cures & Cider" Volume 6 of Hemyock Memories.

In our modern world with its instant communications and 24/7 TV news coverage, it's hard to imagine rural Devon life before the 1940s when many people in Hemyock seldom ventured farther than the nearby towns; almost anything necessary could be made, bought or repaired locally; and where most activities had been contained within the village. This was long before the UK's National Health Service was founded: People, especially in rural areas such as Hemyock, relied on traditional cures & remedies, even for quite serious medical problems & injuries.

This book covers:

It includes the story of healing the eye of a valuable Arab colt horse, using just ordinary sugar; Also cider-making at Hemyock Castle Farm. This book relates some traditional remedies for humans and horses; as well as the important part that cider and cider-making played in village life. It is equivalent to about 20 A5 pages.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0713VRNRP

USA: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0713VRNRP


Hemyock Residents Remember WWII:

Cover: Hemyock's Memories of War Book
Hemyock's Memories of War Books

Originally, the memories were published as Hemyock's Memories of War, a 65 page, A4 printed booklet, illustrated with many photographs. All profits went to the Royal British Legion. Now edited & republished in electronic format on Kindle , to raise funds for Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group Charity, which does so much to help frail & elderly residents.

The complete original text in Volume 0 is equivalent to about 135 A5 pages. The entries have now been re-arranged in alphabetical order, by surname; linked from the contents list. At the back of the book, there is a list of the participants and local people mentioned in their accounts. The original photos & images have been made into four HD slideshows and uploaded to YouTube. Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4 contain themed, edited, illustrated extracts from Volume 0. Volume 5 is a complete Box Set containing Volumes 0, 1, 2, 3, & 4.

This series of books can be read on any Kindle device, and also in the free Kindle reading apps that Amazon offers for PCs, tablets and smartphones. Kindle now also offers a free online Kindle reader, which works within most web browsers.


Kindle Volume 5: Complete WWII Box Set.

Volume 5 contains all 5 previous volumes; making it a complete WWII Box Set.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071783LLK

USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071783LLK

Kindle Volume 0: Complete Text Version.

Volume 0 contains the complete text in alphabetical order, with over 75 first-hand accounts, plus the full list of names.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00X19HHLM

USA: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X19HHLM

Kindle Volume 1: Illustrated, Edited Excerpts.

Illustrated edited excepts: Dunkirk 1940, D-Day 1944, Surrender of German U-Boat Fleet 1945.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00YCJ3E94

USA: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YCJ3E94

Kindle Volume 2: Evacuee Children, The Home Front & Women's War Work.

Illustrated edited extracts. Many of these stories were written by women and are about wartime life for women; including working in new roles, replacing men who had been sent overseas to fight.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010RF7L2M

USA: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010RF7L2M

Kindle Volume 3: WWII in Europe & North Africa.

These edited extracts cover many of the campaigns, including the long bitter struggle after the D-Day landings in June 1944 until Europe was finally liberated on 8th May 1945, VE-Day.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013XHT03E

USA: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013XHT03E

Kindle Volume 4: WWII in Royal Navy, Convoys, Burma & The Far East.

These edited extracts cover the Arctic, to the tropics and the steamy heat of Burma; then on to witnessing the Japanese surrender in Singapore and release of the prisoners of war, after VJ-Day on 15th August 1945.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013XK559E

USA: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013XK559E

Links to Video Slideshows of Original Photos.

For convenience, the more than 130 photos from the original book have been arranged in four groups, forming four slide shows, each lasting about four minutes. The slide shows have been uploaded as 1080p HD. This means that they can be viewed using most types of computer or mobile devices and at any of the resolutions supported by YouTube. Contact us for a DVD version of these slideshows, or versions in other formats.


Links to Videos of Excerpts.

Several edited excerpts are available on YouTube. These use automated text-to-speech software to read the text aloud, while the text scrolls slowly up the screen.


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