Visiting other museums as I sometimes do I realise how cramped we are for space at Fairlynch, considering that our museum is supposed to ‘exhibit artefacts and information about the history and development of Budleigh Salterton and the Lower Otter Valley.’
That’s a largish area, extending as far as the village of Newton Poppleford, and with so many aspects. Off-hand, I can’t think of too many items at Fairlynch which are to do with farming or agriculture, which play an important role in our area.
Bicton’s Countryside Museum is bursting with such items. Not all of them are local. This Fordson tractor, built by the Ford Motor Company at Dearborn, in Michigan, USA, dates from 1917 and is probably one of the oldest in the country. It came from Mitchelstown, in Co Cork, Ireland.
But there are many items given by local donors, which reflect the support given to the Bicton museum’…