Feniton History Group held the 90th meeting in the Nog Inn
Attending: George, Bob, Rose, Viv, Alan, Pam, Jenny, Jackie, Brenda, Geoff, Sharon, Hugh and Bob
Francis Pile spoke to me about Long Park, it cost £22,000 to build. It was built by Mr Vincent Frank Pile bought it off him for £2,000. George Vincent died in Exmouth in 1902.
Boundary stone: Following this being damaged by the grass cutters, Jenny and I attended the July meeting of the parish council. East Devon District Councillor Phil Twiss has given us a budget of £200 for it’s replacement. Cllr Susie Bond is meeting with EDDC as to the re siting of the stone. So very positive outcome.
Hugh has been helping George research a footballer of that name, I found this link about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Roulson
Geoff has been busy helping with Exeter theatre old newspapers in the Heritage Centre, he admitted to reading them, rather than sorting and filing!
Bob raised the question about cottages and the difference between houses and cottages,
found this “story” based on some fact to describe the history of the cottage:
Pam told us she has an ancestor who was a prize bare knuckle fighter.
Alan went to see the WW1 commemoration in Northenhay, said to be the oldest town park
Alan found mention of his relative James Ross, there is a headstone to commemorate James and his family in Feniton Church Yard. There were 12 men listed called James Ross.
The Shrouds depict the enormity of loss of life in the Somme, each man a son or father, very sobering to try and take in the facts.
During the discussion that followed Bob mentioned the saying about Trench Warfare “Lions lead by donkeys”.
Many lads lied about their age when enlisting, the boy soldiers. Victor Silvester was one of these. He was born in 1900. He ran away from Ardingly College and was fighting on the Western Front at fifteen. Victor's parents suspected he had joined the army and informed the authorities in 1914 but it was not until he was wounded in 1917 that he was discovered and brought home to England.
Brenda is researching a family in 1860s, sadly their daughter died of TB and there is also mention of bigamy, they married in Feniton!
TB or as it was known, Consumption, saw sufferers being brought to The Royal Hotel in Sidmouth for the sea air. The afore mentioned James Ross’s brother Robert died from TB
Jenny reported on the Battle film saying it is going well. In relation to the film George and Viv modelled their costumes. They look fantastic. We welcome our new members Luke and Viv.
Next meeting in the Nog Inn on 2 August 2018. At this meeting we need to plan the following:
WW1 100 Years in November
Pam has suggested a Heritage Event
A talk or “Conversation with Peter”