The Old Plymouth Society are a group of like-minded people, from all walks of life and of all ages, who wish to celebrate and enjoy the heritage of this City. We have existed since 1929, but in 1992 we experienced a rebirth, with changes in structure and a greatly increased membership, and became a local history society whose aims are "to promote interest and research into, and the preservation of, the heritage of the City of Plymouth". Since then our activities have expanded to cover a full winter and summer programme.
We meet nine times a year in the Mutley Baptist Church's Spurgeon Hall for talks from various
speakers on a range of subjects relating to our aims.
Each summer we have a programme of visits, which have included among others:
Boat trips and behind the scenes tours of places not open to the general public.
Past visits have included archives at the Record Office, the City Museum and the Local Studies Library.
Members enjoy guided walks as part of the summer programme, and in September each year we
walk around the boundary that was set in 1439 when Plymouth was incorporated as a borough,
and not changed until the first boundary extension in 1896.
The Society publishes occasional booklets relating to local history written by members of the
Society, and a twice-yearly newsletter, all of which are issued free to members.
SABBATH DAY FIGHT COMMEMORATIONS
The Society manages the annual commemoration of the Sabbath Day Fight of 1643 at the
Freedom Memorial in Freedom Park, in the presence of the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries.