Feniton History Group 40th Meeting

The meeting was held to organise our event in the Church on 29th Jun 2013 2:00 to 4:30 entitled:
"Pursue your Past with a Devon Cream tea".

This was followed by our usual natter about things related to the past.

Brenda mentioned just how much was lost to the redevelopment of Exeter after the War, old houses on the car park at the end of Magdalene Road, Bedford Circus and even the 1960s  Princesshay, one of the earliest pedestrian shopping centres in the country. Today many of the buildings would have been listed and preserved.

Brenda has put a very interesting article in the May issue of the Parish Magazine regarding the planning for the building of council houses in Feniton in 1927, somewhat similar to the current planning with low lying land and possible flooding!! 

My husband Colin, and I had met with owners of Westlades, a large house built in 1929 after four farmers invested in public houses in the Chatham Docks area of London, this invest turned out very profitable, so Mr Bishop built Westlades and Mr "Porky " Frank Pyle  bought Jubilee House. This was built in 1897 at the time Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. With Colin, Brenda and Alan's memories the following occupants of the house were, Mr Pyle, Mr Symonds he there in the 1901 census, and his widow in 1911. Miss Robinson, to whom Alan's father was groom and then gardener c. 1920, then Mr and Mrs Ould, he being a retired policeman. Mrs Ould re started the village flower show. 

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