'The Luppitt Artillery under Captain Pearce would meet at the battery on St Cyres Hill, to practice and to fire salutes on the King's birthday.'A further entry from the Biography is best given as it is written,
'Life in the West of England was reasonably calm, but news from overseas signalled great rejoicing. Lord Nelson had been victorious at the Battle of Trafalgar; euphoria dampened by Nelson's death; John Bailey, (one of the staff at Wolford Lodge) recalled that people within earshot mistook Simcoe's exuberant celebrations for the arrival of the French:However in the following year, 1906, General Simcoe was aboard the Illustrious, a ship which was being freshly painted, and was taken ill, and he died on the 26th October. Details of the cortege accompanying the General's body from Exeter to Wonford are given.
… general simcoe sent to captain pearce to send the Luppitt artulery with thare cannon at the end of St. siruses hill thare to fire a salute it wase then 8 o'clock at night the people of honiton was rather alarmed hearing the cannon so very near them the guns wase herd very plain at axminster and many parts of devonshire general simcoe hade a very grand dinner party all the head gentery of the neiburhood wase present the greet new room wase fitted up buetefule moor than five hundred lamps lighted up in the room …
'At Honiton, the troops were all drawn out, and minute guns fired. In short, every respect which could be paid to an esteemed, and much lamented commander was shown on this occasion. The body was interred by torch light, about six in the evening.' 'When the procession reached Wolford Chapel, thousands were waiting: the Church field was crowded. The Luppitt Company of Artillery was there with the guns, which were fired when the body was put in the grave, which shook the very house of Wolford.The above references to an organised military force in Luppitt and also the name of a Captain Pearce prompts me to wonder if there might be a connection with a problem we have for a few years been anxious to resolve. Mrs Jesse Reed informed me that some cast iron slabs were found in a field named Target Moor when they came to Greenway many years ago, and one of them is still at Greenway, thanks to being kept by the present owners. It is about ½ to ¾ of an inch thick and measures six feet by two feet, the top face is divided by neat grooves into six inch squares, clearly numbered one to four across its width, and one to six from the central line to each end. In addition to the squares, it has circles and semi-circles based on its central line; one eight inch diameter circle at the centre, and eight inch semi-circles on the centre of each long side. From the same three centre points of these, other circles and semi-circles of 1ft 9 in and 2 feet are also formed with similar grooves.