Events for Summer 2019

Devon Churches Day. 31 August.

A look at Churches in the Torbay area and a walk around central Torquay, lead by Robert Drake, a contributor to the recently published C20 book ‘100 Churches 100 Years’.  We will meet in Newton Abbot and car share between the venues.  A contribution of £15 is suggested, payable on the day, to cover refreshment costs and donations to each of the churches.  The itinerary is as follows:

Meet at 10.30am –  St Luke, Milber by Arthur C Martin 1939.  Recently refurbished,  the full address is: 10 Laburnum Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12 4LQ

11.15am – St Martin of Tours by Cachemaille-Day 1939-40.  It is very fine inside and they have kindly offered tea/coffee on the day

then on to:

12.15 – Central Church Torquay by Narracott Tanner and Andre 1975-9.  Much later and an interesting contrast to the others.  From here we will take a self-guided walking tour of central Torquay and a lunch break.  It is a short walk to the listed Library (1937) linked to the town hall, going past the rather splendid ‘Electric House’ (1935) also listed.  A walk down Union Street to the Harbour shows a variety of buildings of our period and earlier, between 2-3pm.


3pm – head towards Paignton, stopping to look at St Paul, Preston, also by Cachemaille-Day but a 1930s version of a 15 century church – and look at Seaway Court on the way.


3.30- 4pm – St George Goodrington 1939 by Edward Maufe, where refreshments are kindly offered.

Plymouth Weekend 28 /29 September

To coincide with Parts of Plymouth being given Conservation area status we are planning a full weekend tour of both the centre and the less often seen outlying areas. Full details and costing will be available soon.

Day 1 will be a presentation on the rebuilding of Plymouth and then a tour of the major buildings of interest led bu Simon Hickman Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, Historic England South West. There will be a lunch break in the wonderful Market Hall which a great range places to eat ranging from Thai to sourdough pizzas via a good old fry up. We will allow time at the end of the day for either a swim in the beautiful Lido or a stroll along the Hoe.

Day 2  We plan to look at some of the housing and other buildings of interest outside the centre. As has become something of a tradition we hope to hire a vintage coach of some kind for this tour.

A full programme and costs will be available soon. So put this date in your diary. Now.


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