May 2021


RYDA Newsletter            05/2021


If you have noticed the memorial drinking fountain by the bus stop on Parsonage Road near to The Green, you may have wondered who George Pollexfen Archer was and why there is such an impressive memorial to him in Newton Ferrers.


The straightforward answer is that he was the Reverend George Pollexfen Archer RN who was aged 33 when he died in 1887.  His father was the Rector of Holy Cross at the time.

Following research by Christopher Lunn, there is much more to tell about the Archer story. 


The tale wanders over much of South Devon, reaches into Cornwall and even touches on a voyage to China.


It inevitably also includes some sadness, but it dispels a local myth and draws out how entwined prominent families could be in times gone by.


If you are interested in finding out more, the full article is on the RYDA website. Just follow the link at https://ryda.org.uk/The Spirit of the yealm


We would be very interested to hear from you if you have any more information to add or even if you have any memories of drinking from the fountain.

GEORGE POLLEXFEN ARCHER

AND THE ARCHER FAMILY