Showing posts from August, 2013

Respecting the house that Hatchard-Smith built

'Wildflowers' on East Budleigh Road, designed by celebrated Budleigh Salterton architect William Hatchard-Smith. The house will be re-named 'Orchid'

FairlynchMuseum’s current exhibition in the Local History Room about the vanished buildings of Budleigh Salterton and their replacements gives us an idea of how many fine houses in the town have been demolished over the years.

The last moments of Clyst Hayes House on Exmouth Road before its demolition in December 2012

The resulting townscape and re-developments, initially praised for their modernity, have increasingly attracted adverse comment from conservationists. The town’s Design Statement makes interesting reading in that respect!

Mr Waddington, left, Manager of Lloyd's Bank, pays tribute to Col Hatchard-Smith, the oldest client of the bank, on his 100th birthday. On the right is Cllr Mrs Eileen Brooke, Chairman of the Budleigh Salterton Town Council, with flowers presented by the Town Council However the Wildflower…

Easy fundraising

Dear Friend of Fairlynch
Do you shop online? If you do you can raise money for FairlynchMuseum every time you buy something. Over 2400 well known retailers including Amazon, M&S, Boden, Waitrose, House of Fraser, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic and many more, will donate a percentage of what you spend to your specified good cause when you shop with them via the fundraising site.
How to do it
Go to and choose your good cause “FairlynchMuseum” (which is already registered).
Then instead of going directly to a retailer’s website you go to first and choose the retailer you want to shop with – then everything you spend with that retailer earns a free donation for the good cause of your choice. It’s completely free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more. On average each retailer will donate 5% of the cost of your shopping. So whatever you buy, from your weekly grocery shop to travel, office supplies or mobile phone, buy it via ww…

A final visit from St Margaret’s

St Margaret's School, Exeter.  © Copyright Richard Dorrell
An outing to FairlynchMuseum for children at St Margaret’s School in Exeter was one of the last visits organised by the school before it closed at the end of the summer term.

The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Fifteen girls aged from11 to 13 took part in a trip with the aim of looking atgeographical and geological features along the river Otter from Ottery St Mary to Budleigh Salterton. English teacher, Sue Diggins, explained that the pupils had been studying Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his poetry and Geography teacher, Di Forbes, used the field trip to consolidate the pupils’ knowledge. “In Ottery St Mary we looked at the effects of flooding on the river banks and the potential birth of an oxbow lake and looked at Coleridge's ‘Pixie's Parlour’ about which we had studied a poem.”

Coleridge composed his ‘Songs of the Pixies’ in 1793 while staying with his family in Ottery.‘Pixie Day’ is still marked in the town by a pa…

Sir Quentin Blake at the Brook

Above: Sir Quentin Blake’s Insects II (2012)

If you’re an art gallery seeking to exhibit book-related art during your town’s literary festival you wouldn’t go far wrong by following the example of Budleigh Salterton’s Brook Gallery.

Instantly recognised and loved by millions Sir Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-known book illustrators. The Gallery on the town’s Fore Street, almost opposite FairlynchMuseum, is delighted to be showing an exclusive collection of original prints and drawings by this talented artist.

Blake gained a reputation as a reliable and humorous illustrator of more than 300 children's books by authors including Joan Aiken, Elizabeth Bowen, Nils-Olof Franzén, William Steig, and Dr Seuss and notably Roald Dahl.

Blake was born in 1932 in Sidcup, Kent, and was evacuated to the West Country during World War Two. He went to Chislehurst and SidcupGrammar School, where his English teacher, J H Walsh, influenced his ambition to become involved in literature. His first…

"She was really Mrs Budleigh Salterton!”

Priscilla Hull wearing her insignia as President of Budleigh Salterton Chamber of Commerce Image courtesy of Ray Ambrose ©2008 Randa Creative
Budleigh residents and Friends of Fairlynch Museum were just some of the many people who were saddened to learn of the death of Priscilla Hull on 12 August.
A co-founder of the Museum, Priscilla was for many years a prominent member of the community, having been Chairman of Budleigh Salterton Urban District Council and Chairman and President of Budleigh Salterton Chamber of Commerce as well as a Devon County Councillor. She was also a JP, sitting as a magistrate for over 25 years.

PriscillaMarjorie Lovelace Carter was born in 1920 in Bombay, where her father George Carter, pictured above, was working for the Indian Civil Service as a District Administrator. He was the son of John Carter, an Exmouth builder responsible for creating the large estate of houses beside the Exe estuary known today as the ‘colony’, as well as much of Greenway and parts of…