W. G. Hoskins was born in Exeter on May 22nd 1908. The Hoskins family had lived in Devon for some 500 years and his fierce pride in descent from Devon yeomen was one of the strongest forces shaping his personality. He attended school in Exeter and continued his education at the University College of the South West where he completed his degree at the age of 19. He went on to complete an MSc on ‘The Rise and Decline of the serge industry in SW England’ by the age of 21.
As well as writing many books, the most well known being ‘The Making of the English Landscape’ he also did a series for BBC TV ‘ Landscapes of England.’
W. G. Hoskins died in Cullompton in January 1992 aged 83
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