The Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage was set up wth two aims:

  • to research, save, archive and share the history of the cottage and the families who once lived there
  • to work with its owner – the Exmoor National Park Authority – to preserve the fabric of the cottage in its landscape.

The Friends are grateful to many people from across the UK and around the globe who have come forward – and continue to come forward – to help and support the aims of the Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage.   They include:

  • descendants of the many shepherd families who once lived and worked at Hoar Oak Cottage
  • those with a love of, interest in or information about Hoar Oak Cottage.  All have contributed memories, stories, knowledge, photographs, genealogical researches, documents, published material and artefacts to help build the story of Hoar Oak Cottage.

Many organisations, businesses and individual donors have generously provided us with practical and financial support which has been invaluable.  Special thanks goes to:

  • Michael Davies – a generous and supportive private donor
  • Heritage Lottery Fund – who awarded The Friends a grant in 2014 which enabled much of the initial research to be undertaken.
  • Roger Burton – who has been unstinting in sharing his own in-depth knowledge and researches about Exmoor and Hoar Oak Cottage and given The Friends permission to use any or all of his published material.

The work carries on to research and share findings about Hoar Oak Cottage.   You can follow news and updates on this website, on our blog and also on Facebook and Twitter. You can arrange to have a talk, display or exhibition for your local club, organisation, library or museum etc. Or if you would just like to know more, have your own interests, stories or photos to share please get in touch.

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