This year marks the 150th anniversary of the classic local novel Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore. The novel was first published in 1869, but was set in 17th century Exmoor and follows John Ridd's search for revenge over his father's murder, and the chance meeting with beautiful Lorna Doone.
Incorporating wonderful descriptions of the most remote and rugged parts of Exmoor, the book includes real life events such as The Great Winter and The Monmouth Rebellion, plus the folk traditions of the notorious Doones and the highway man Tom Faggus – the ‘robin-hood’ of Devon.
There are still some events happening across Exmoor and North Devon this August and September which you can find details here: https://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/lorna-doone-150th-anniversary
Also you can catch the wonderful outdoor theatre company which actually performs in the Valley of Rocks near Lynton: https://www.pleasuredometheatrecompany.com/
Jo in the office at Stowford is lucky enough to own a old (unknown year) hardback of Lorna Doone, complete with illustrations specifically prepared for the book by artist Charles E Brittan. See pictures below.