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Come on in and have a look around. The latest releases include three new books, two new DVDs and the first ever Chris Robinson’s Plymouth Jigsaw Puzzle. You can get all from the website, delivered to your door or available for collection from the Barbican Shop.

There is loads more still to come too – check back as we continue uploading all the prints, the Argyle cartoons and loads of Pubs and Place Names from Chris’s regular Looking Back feature in The Plymouth Herald.

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Check back regularly for more news and knowledge from Chris and his unique view of the city. As well as details of his latest talks and products, we’ll be raiding the archives and publishing the Pubs and Place Names that have long been a key part of Chris’s Looking Back feature in the Plymouth Herald. 


There had to be one, somewhere in Plymouth, at some point in time – a pub named after the local football team.  The question is, when did this York Street pub acquire its name?

The building it seems, was used as a beer retailer’s from at least the early 1860s […]


Writing almost two hundred years ago the early Plymouth historian Woollcombe wrote of the Barbican that the name ‘indeed implies that it was a fortified place, and projected from the Castle itself, which stood on the hill above, now called Lambhay Hill.  Some remains of this Castle are still […]


A somewhat unusual name for a pub it was by no means unique to Plymouth as there is another, still open today, in Lancashire (Todmorden) and there is a Shannon, in Suffolk (Bucklesham) and a Two Ships (in Rochdale) all of which commemorate the same event: namely the celebrated […]


Many streets in this neighbourhood are named in honour of past Commanders-in-Chief of Devonport, but the name Pym has local associations that go back long before the ‘port of Devon’, as it became, was even conceived.

John Pym, the MP for Tavistock, was a childhood friend of Sir Francis Drake […]


Time was when Hoe Street ran from Notte Street straight up to the Hoe, however in the 1950s post-war redevelopment of Notte Street the bottom end was appropriated for the construction of the so-called ‘star’ (on account of their shape and design) flat developments.  The western side of Hoe […]


Athlone House, off Union Place was opened on 27 November 1950, which was good news for many who in some cases been waiting almost ten years to once again have a home of their own.  Mr and Mrs George Reed with their two children were the first to move […]


As the new Southway estate was being carved from the Parish of Tamerton Foliot so a number of the new street names were taken from the back pages of the area’s history – among them Bampfylde Way.

There are a number of memorials to the Bampfyldes in St Mary’s Church, […]


Warspite Gardens, a quiet cul-de-sac on the new Manadon estate, is named after one of the most famous warships to have been launched at Devonport Dockyard.

It was on 26 November 1913, less than a year before the Great War began, that the Queen Elizabeth-class battleship slipped into the Hamoaze.

In […]

The Story of Plymouth Barbican DVD launched with the fishes – at the National Marine Aquarium

Pic © Alexander Thomas Photography 2013

The spectacular Eddystone Reef tank made a stunning – and appropriate – backdrop for the launch of the new DVD ‘The Story of the Barbican’ this week.

The evening was introduced by Dr David Gibson, the Director of the National Marine Aquarium who said he was delighted to be […]

Royal Oak Inn

A popular village inn for 150 years and more (some of the buildings nearby date from the 1700s) the Royal Oak at Hooe was run in the middle of the last century by the Ryder family.

Thomas Ryder was here in 1850, and at the same time Abraham Ryder was at the Victoria Inn […]


“An eastern district of Plymouth whose name means “plum-tree village”, from the Old English plume (plum tree) and tun (village)”, so says Adrian Room in his Dictionary of British Place-names. Another, earlier, authority, Eilert Ekwall agreed and reached a similar conclusion for Plymstock.

There were no such fruity thoughts in […]