Preserving your Past for the Future



The Parish Map

In 1991 funds became available for a community project for parishes to develope their own Parish Map through the environmental charity Common Ground and South Hams Environment Service. There was a feeling of renewed interest in the community with the opening of the bypass, and at a showing of a video of the celebration street party a core group of interested parishioners was encouraged to formulate some ideas. Input and encouragement from Common Ground and also from Trudi Turrell, who lived in the village at the time but also worked for South Hams District Council Environment Services, supported the newly formed Project Group with much helpful advice. There was a period of gathering information about the parish; everyone was invited to submit items and events for inclusion, and much research was done to find useable anecdotes. There were many stories to be told which could take an hour in the pub to relate, but short, pithy (and non libellous) quotes were needed to wrap around features and contours on the map. Mike Glanville, an artist living in the parish and a member of the PPG, produced the design and the original ink and watercolour artwork. With all the discussions and trial versions en route the map took about 800 hours to complete. It was printed up in the form of a poster, and copies went on sale later that year. In September 1992 the group held a "Parish Map Day", with a village walk, a slide show, and a talk by members on how the map was produced. It was the first Parish Map to be produced in the South Hams and was so successful that several other parishes wanting to produce their own maps approached the PPG for advice; Ken Doughty produced a leaflet with information and guidelines.


In 1996, after more than 2000 other communities had produced their own Parish Maps, a display of the best of them was held in the Barbican in London, and ours was one of the ones selected. The exhibition, "A Sense of Place", included paintings,tapestries, collages and even woven, quilted or knitted maps from all over the country. A very flattering article and picture of our map was published at the same time in the Daily Telegraph, and later the same year the map was also displayed in exhibitions at Bath, Taunton and Dartington.

The original framed copy was donated to the Parish Council and is displayed in the Memorial Hall. The Parish Project Group donated a framed copy of the print for display in Timbers Car Park, and to the Primary School and Kingsbridge Secondary School (now KCC).

The Parish Map provided a catalyst for other projects; the series of trail guides and booklets about the footpaths and rights of way in the parish.


The Wildlife Trail - the Tidal Road and Dukes Mill.


Following the enthusiastic reception of the Parish Map Mike then produced a design illustrating the Tidal Road and Dukes Mill creek as a wildlife trail. It was published as a poster; and with wildlife input from Rod Bone and John Freegard and historical notes from Ken Doughty, the leaflet for the self guided walk was also produced.



Maps are available for sale from the village shop, the pub, and directly from the group.

Mike Glanville

Both of these maps and most of the artwork and design for the other earlier publications was done by Mike Glanville. He and his family lived in the parish for many years until 2005, and he was a member of the original group of people who got together to produce the Parish Map. Even 20 years after the original map was published he still gets contacted by Aveton Gifford ex-pats all over the world.

He now lives in Kingsbridge and continues his work with Press Gang Printmakers, tutoring, and taking part in many local exhibitions.

You can see more of Mike's work at      


Common Ground

The environmental charity Common Ground  initiated the nationwide parish map project. Their work in recognising and promoting the importance of local distinctiveness in the country has been invaluable.