He became a civil
servant before deciding on a teaching career, which eventually took him to Blundell's
School as Head of Department and Director of Studies.
He wrote The
Removal of Blundell's: Town and Gown in 19th Century Tiverton and has
published several articles and reviews on Devon history.
semi-retirement, his activities are confined to writing, lecturing, walking
the nearby moors and cliff paths, playing the organ of the village church, and
maintaining the garden, fabric, and wine cellar of the old Devon rectory,
where he lives with his wife, Catherine, who is busier by far. They have
three sons and one granddaughter and have just celebrated forty years of