situated just off the A386 near Yelverton
We are also an ' Educational and Heritage Centre ' - more details can be found further down this page.
Back in 1996 my wife ( Lucy ) and I needed a change in our life style. We were looking for a small Tearooms / B & B to see us into our retirement. The opportunity came to purchase such a place in Yelverton, Devon on the edge of Dartmoor and we moved from Redhill, Surrey in April 1997.
We soon learnt from a customer that the square tower on the side of the building was known locally as ' The Original Watch Office ' and the area outside was the remains of a World War Two Airfield known as R.A.F. Harrowbeer.
Curiosity got the better of us and we needed to know more about our new location. What was the history of the Airfield ? What Squadrons operated there ? What were they doing ? Who were they and what did they do in their leisure time ? Our research had begun, we were hooked.
Our research has led to the development of the ' Knightstone R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives ' with a small museum of artefacts and memorabilia. We have hosted regular R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archive Week-ends to raise awareness of the Airfield and the vital part it played in World War Two, as well as promoting this lovely corner of Dartmoor.
What started as an interest became a hobby that then became a passion and finally an obsession. I have a very patient and understanding wife. Thank you Lucy I couldn't do it without your support.
' Knightstone Tearooms ' is now an ' Archive, Educational and Heritage Centre ' and is open all year round on Sundays and Wednesdays ( except over Christmas ).
The kitchen and seating area is on the ground-floor of the Original " Watch Office " of R.A.F. Harrowbeer with easy access for most types of wheelchairs.
' Knightstone Tearooms ' offers :- Hot and cold beverages along with pre-packed cakes and biscuits
Contact :- Lucy and Michael Hayes
Email :- email@example.com
Tel :- 01822 853679
Winter and Summer opening times
Sunday 11.00 a.m - 4.00 p.m.
Wednesday 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Closed over the Christmas period
Other times can be arranged for individual or group visits to the ' Archives ' by previous arrangement.
Telephone :- 01822 853679
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We offer an educational day out for school children which meets with the school curriculum.
The day can be tailored to suit your own requirements and needs.
An example is as follows :-
1 - School arrives for 09.00 hours.
2 - Children are given a brief talk on the
history of R.A.F. Harrowbeer.
3 - The class are split into small groups
and rotate round a number of bases
learning about - gas masks,
rationing Air Raid Shelters. etc'
4 - Lunchtime.
5 - A walk around part of the old airfield
visiting areas of interest ( approx.
one hour ) depending on weather.
6 - Departure back to school at 14.30
Some of the day is spent outside so warm clothing in winter is essential along with a coat and outdoor shoes.
This is Dartmoor and can be
very cold and wet.
If you are interested please contact the Archivist :- Michael Hayes
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
or Telephone - 01822 853679
and he will send you a
' School Education Pack '
Why not give us a try while you soak up the atmosphere of the old Second World War Airfield, it's views, the artifacts of the R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives.
If customers to the tearooms are interested in viewing the Archives or finding out more about R.A.F. Harrowbeer please ask for Michael Hayes ( the Archivist ) or telephone :- 01822 853679.
RAF Harrowbeer Archives, Education & Heritage Ctr
Knightstone, Crapstone Road, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6BT GB
Archivist - Michael Hayes 01822 853679
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