Saturday, 30 January 2016

Some 19th century Budleigh Worthies


James Lackington, the wealthy London bookseller who built Budleigh Salterton's Methodist Church. Last year was the bicentenary of his death

Much of the archive material in Fairlynch Museum is due to volunteer researchers like local historian Roger Lendon, who contributes regularly to the Otter Valley Association’s Ovapedia at 

On Friday 12 February Roger will be giving a talk to the East Devon branch of the Devonshire Association entitled ‘Some 19th century Budleigh worthies’. The talk will follow a short AGM, which begins at 2.30pm Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth.

Roger has given in advance some details of the talk.  After a preliminary preamble on the early history of the area he will focus on a few of Budleigh Salterton’s  inhabitants in the first half of the 19th century.  

He will be talking in some detail about Matthew Lee Yeates, the ship owner and builder of Fairlynch; Robert Bastin who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar; James Lackington, the builder of the Methodist Church; the Torriano family, mainly William’s part in the Battle of Waterloo; and Sir Robert Smirke, an important London architect.

Roger says that there will also be brief references to Lord Clinton and General Simcoe plus, if there’s time, some news of a surprise discovery.

All are welcome, but there is an entrance fee for non-members of £3 (£2 for members). For further details contact Philip Wilby on 01395 514312 or 

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