Celebrating an ancient coastal town By Ted Gosling and Sheila Luxton
The Book of Sidmouth was published March 2004. Written by Ted Gosling and Sheila Luxton, both local authors.
Covering many aspects of the towns history and inhabitants the authors aim has been to widen the knowledge of newcomers to the town, whilst at the same time cover the life of the local people for the last fifty or so years.
Full of photographs, many from the Museum which have not previously been published, it provides an interesting history of Sidmouth.
Ted Gosling is a well known local author and has many links with Sidmouth as his mother was born here. He is the Curator of the Axe Valley Heritage Museum.
Sheila Luxton, formerly Sheila Nice, has lived in the town all her life and is a member of the Sid Vale Association Executive Committee and the Museum Committee.
The authors have tried to mention all important events and personalities of the town, past and present.
The Book of Sidmouth is available from local booksellers and the Museum shop, price £19.95.
(above text and photographs provided by Sheila Luxton specially for Sidmouth
Website - not to be copied/transmitted without the express permission of
Sidmouth Website [ www.sidmouth.com
] and Sheila Luxton and Ted Gosling).
Hello from ANGELA MARKS GEORGE HOSKINS WOOLBROOK FARM SIDMOUTH DEVON EX10
A bit early for nostalgia.
I am trying to track down Lower Woolbrook Farm. My great great great grandfather, GEORGE HOSKINS farmed there from c1805 until between 1824/27.
He appears to have lost the farm between those dates, as he is a 'farmer'
on one of his children's baptismal register entries in 1824, but a labourer when the next one was baptized in 1827. (He had 12 known children
altogether) He died in 1839 and I believe is buried in the churchyard (St Giles & St Nicholas).
I've found the location of Woolbrook Farm, but am rather stumped by the 'Lower'.
KENNAWAY HOUSE COBURG ROAD SIDMOUTH DEVON EX10 The TRUST OFFICE for MARKETING KENNAWAY HOUSE TELEPHONE 01395 515551.
The first couple to walk down the aisle in the restored Grade11 building in Sidmouth Devon from the original Church House renamed to KENNAWAY HOUSE will take place on Saturday 6 June 2009.
Kennaway House has now been restored to its former glory.
PHOTOS COPYRIGHT SIDMOUTH GUIDE [ http:www.sidmouth.com ] Licensed marriage venue in Sidmouth Devon EX10
REG VARNEY from the well known hit TV series ON THE BUSES.
BUDLIEGH SALTERTON DEVON 16 NOVEMBER 2008.
REG VARNEY died peacefully at a nursing home in BUDLIEGH SALERTON DEVON closeby to Sidmouth Devon World Heritage Coastline.
Reg moved to Budleigh Salterton Devon some 20 years ago after his hit TV series running from 1969 ON THE BUSES.
Reg also made appearances in the hit TV series The Rag Trade whom
Sidmouth Guide [ WWW.SIDMOUTH.COM ] area co-ordinator Michael Parkin's late cousin Dennis Main Wilson was the BBC TV producer and was responsible for many famous TV programmes including Hancock's Half Hour Six Five Special The Rag Trade Till Death do us Part and many TV productions starring Sammy Davis Junior.
THE OLD BAKERY SIDBURY DEVON
The photo I sent was of my grand parents Jack (Fred ) Agnes Richards who lived opposite the Old Bakery in Sidbury, flood photo taken looking down from the Toll House,the other is of the frozen River Sid,the photo of the Shelter was taken from my bedroom window.
PHOTO SUPPLIED BY RICHARD HARRIS - GRANDSON.
This photo is of MR & MRS HARRIS OF SIDBURY DEVON ENGLAND Whom moved away from Devon to MARGATE IN KENT CIRCA 1930.
SIDMOUTH-SIDBURY-SIDFORD-Memories.Do you have a story to tell.
DAYS GONE BY SIDMOUTH MEMORIES.
Do you remember days like this - Do you have photos of Sidmouth.
Photo memories of Sidmouth Devon England.
Do you have any information and history relating to this lady whom lived in
BLACKMORE VIEW SIDMOUTH DEVON ENGLAND.
EMILY JANE VIEYRA
EMILY JANE VIEYRA nee BOOMGARDT
The photo showing Emily Jane Vieyra nee Boomgardt taken by a photographer 'Valerie' at No.1 Conduit Street, Regent Street. No.2533 11th of 58 copies. This is all the detail we have with the photo. The information I have from the Death Certificate is as follows: Emily Jane Vieyra nee Boomgardt of Blackmore View Sidmouth Died 7th Sept 1923 aged 59yrs at St.Margaret's Nursing Home Buried at Sidmouth cemetery 10th Sept 1923 Informant: Merle Vieyra, daughter, Bath House Sidmouth Undertaker: Mr.Sanders
EMILY IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A HAND MADE CHOCOLATE SHOP IN SIDMOUTH DEVON ENGLAND do you have photos or history relating to this SIDMOUTH BUSINESS.
BLACKMORE VIEW SIDMOUTH DEVON ENGLAND.
EILEEN ARNELL VISITED SIDMOUTH DEVON trying to trace the family history. I visited Sidmouth some years ago, not having all these details, only that Emily Jane was buried in Sidmouth. I went to the cemetery & found two gentlemen by the names of Dave & Jim. With the very meagre information I had, they, with the greatest courtesy & helpfulness provided me with the following information& showed me where the grave is. Sadly there is no stone whether there was one we do not know although we assume there would have been.
Ref nos: 2914 L 43 section 2 it is a grave that contains 4 burials. We do not know who the other 3 are & Dave & Jim without any other information were not able to tell me.
WE VISITED SIDMOUTH IN 2007 to try and trace the family history.
Last year, Sept 2007, Joan & I decided to make a visit to see if we could find any more information. We stayed very comfortably & were welcomed at the Ryton Guest House. We went to the cemetery but did not find Dave & Jim. We did not have the Death Certificate then so we could not make any further progress.
Now we would like any information on : Blackmore View, Bath House, how can we discover who the 3 other people buried with Emily are & the Nursing Home. Our family information is that Emily is supposed to have had a 'handmade chocolate shop' in Sidmouth?
Do you have information to help the relatives.
EMILY JANE VIERA nee BOOMGARDT
Emily was born in Trivandrum, South India, 3rd June 1864 married at St.Joseph's Church, Trivandrum. 1st June 1886 We do not know when she came to England & to Sidmouth.Devon England.
If you have any information please make contact with
Eileen Arnell nee Boomgardt
SIDMOUTH GUIDE [ WWW.SIDMOUTH.COM ]
SIDMOUTH MEMORIES if you reply with information tracing this familyhistory.
DEATH CERTIFICATE DETAILS.
BURIED IN SIDMOUTH CEMETARY.
DIED 7TH SEPTEMBER 1923 AGED 59.
ST MARGARETS NURSING HOME SIDMOUTH DEVON ENGLAND.
The information I have from the Death Certificate is as follows:
Emily Jane Vieyra nee Boomgardt of Blackmore View Sidmouth
Died 7th Sept 1923 aged 59yrs at St.Margaret's Nursing Home
Buried at Sidmouth cemetery 10th Sept 1923
Informant: Merle Vieyra, daughter, Bath House Sidmouth
EMILY JANE VIEYRA nee BOOMGARDT.
EMILY JANE VIEYRA.
Photo from the past Bill Harris son of Tuzzy Richard son of Bill Harris.
MR T HARRIS REPLY JUNE 2008
Dear Sir Madam
On your Sidmouth - Devon website SIDMOUTH WEBSITE [ WWW.SIDMOUTH.COM ] I noticed a photograph of 4 sons (Jim, Sid, Roy and Bill Harris) of Thomas "Tuzzy" Harris. It was sent in by a Richard J. Harris (Bill's Son).
I am the great Granddaughter of Tuzzy's brother John "Tink" Harris and am researching the family history. I would love to contact Richard J. Harris to swap information and hope you can help me. I realise his contact information my be private and unable to release to me but maybe you could give him my Email address so that he could contact me.
Many thanks in anticipation,
Diane Ralls nee Harris
Just visited your web site memories and read reply to my, do you know these 4 boys sons of Tuzzy harris, the ladies name is Diane Ralls nee Harris please could you forward my address.
] if that's not possible may be youcould let me have her e mail address,the lady could be a long lostcousin?.
I would like to introduce you to Tuzzy Harris with the big lobster caught of Sidmouth can anyone recognise the building behind him ?
SIDMOUTH WEBSITE REPLY
Is it the Royal York & Faulkner Building on Esplanade.
DO YOU KNOW LET US KNOW & ANY MORE FAMILY HISTORY
SIDMOUTH WEBSITE WWW.SIDMOUTH.COM
Please make contact for EMAIL ADDRESS by contacting EMAIL
[ www.sidmouth.com ]
MAY 26 2008
The end of the Napoli.
Fred Caygill spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said that Barges have arrived with cutting equipment and plant to complete the cutting work to cut up the wreck for salvage and take to Rotterdam for recycling.
Its now the local weather conditions that is dependant on completing this task.
CANADIAN RESIDENT LEAVES SIDMOUTH DEVON his pension fund for the love of SIDMOUTH DEVON ENGLAND.
JOHN KEITH OWEN was born in Devon but later became a Canadian resident and hoped to retire back to Sidmouth.
John was an investment banker learnt he was suffering from lung cancer with a few weeks to live decided to leave the town his retirement pension fund plus the proceeds from the sale of several properties saying that the picturesque resort of Sidmouth was just how England used to be. The capital bequeathed to the towns civic society THE SID VALLEY ASSOCIATION cannot be spent but will provide an income of £60000 a year for community projects. Keith from Ottawa discovered he had cancer on his last visit to Sidmouth 2007 where his mother Eileen lived in 1950.
Mr Owen was born in Totnes Devon and became an RAF Pilot until 1976 to start a new life in Canada. The windfall the largest in the history of the civic society was directed to be spent on plants trees and bulbs to be planted around the town where Sidmouth attracts in excess of 100000 visitors every year.
Thank you JOHN KEITH OWEN
PICTURES FROM THE PAST Add your BLACK & WHITE photographs from Sidmouth in Devon to our collection of PICTURES FROM THE PAST.
Send your memories of Sidmouth and surrounding villages from events of our BYGONE ERA.
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SIDMOUTH MEMORIES MR T HARRIS Hi I'm Richard Harris, the picture I've sent is of the four sons of Mr T Harris ( TUSSY ) of Rosedale Riverside a well known fisherman photo from left Jim Sid Roy and Bill sadly only one remains alive he now lives in New Zealand The last time I came to Sid was for the funeral of POP Nichol's I
think I'm right in saying I'm the only harris remaining can you help.
Richard J Harris
(A son of the late Bill &Olive Harris formally of Rosedale
SIDMOUTH FAMILY NAME A.H.MINARDS SIDFORD DEVON 1947 Hi
I am trying to trace any relatives of A H Minards and his wife Poppy Minards who I know lived in Sidford in 1947. I wonder if you have any contact addresses to help me in this search. Mr Minards died in
1947 and is buried at Luton .
Many Thanks Brian Buttress
TUCKER FAMILY- Can you help - tracing the family history in Sidmouth Devon I am just beginning to research the Tucker family in Sidmouth who were my grandmother's family and of whom I know nothing!! I do know now that my great grand father Frederick Tucker was a coastguard for many years and I have been able to obtain his records - however I would like to find out more of him and wonder if you still have a coastguard establishment in Sidmouth that I could contact. Also, do you have any local history or family research societies in Sidmouth?
Many thanks for taking the time to read this, and I should be pleased of any assistance you may be able to give me. (I know Tucker is a very common name in your part of the world!!)
AUSTIN MOTOR CAR fondly known as Betty.
Toastrack is back in Sidmouth Devon.
Do you have BLACK & WHITE photographs of your fathers car, your uncles first car in SIDMOUTH DEVON.
Do you have memories of SIDMOUTH DEVON.
Get in TOUCH.
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SHIPPING DISASTER on the World Heritage Coastline in Devon.
NAPOLI the Shipwreck Disaster in 2007 off Sidmouth Beach Coastline The Shipwreck is still being broken up for salvage scrap in 2008.
[ LINK TO NAPOLI ]
The newly renamed Church House now known as KENNAWAY HOUSE prepares for its refurbishment in June 2008.
Trees to the front of KENNAWAY HOUSE are being cut so now you can see the historic building from the road.
£750,000 has now been raised including the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will secure the works to the fabric of the KENNAWAY HOUSE.
another £250,000 is still needed to finish the job.
JOHN EDWARDS KENNAWAY HOUSE RESTORATION FUND KENNAWAY HOUSE SIDMOUTH DEVON ENGLAND EX10.
In memory of the sad loss of KIRI our Brown Newfoundland whom passed away in 2007. Photograph taken by Andy White Exmouth Devon of Bentley the Newfoundland on 30 December2007 with the owner Michael Parkin of Sidmouth Website. Bentley is keeping Michael warm on this winter day during the Xmas break whilst Michael thinks about the sad loss of KIRI the brown Newfoundland whom was a well known feature in Sidmouth town centre outside the Sidmouth Toyshop, sadly Kiri passed away in the summer of 2007 at the great age of over 14 years old which is a great lifespan for a Newfoundland. Looking at the Sidmouth Memories page it seems that the seafront shelters on Sidmouth Esplanade are popular resting points to soak up the local atmosphere and meet visitors. BENTLEY is just over 3 years old 2007 . Bentley a Newfoundland Dog. Great for sea rescue with his webbed feet. Over 13 stones in weight.
Got a memory of SIDMOUTH DEVON.
We would love to hear from you.
ONTARIO - CANADA - Princess Victoria SHOE Circa 1918 I have in my possession a porcelain shoe stamped on the back:"Model.
Exact size, of first shoes worn by Princess Victoria - H.M. Late Queen - who died Jan 22nd 1901 Made at Sidmouth in 1819. There is a symbol of an "eagle" with the numbers W.H.6055 stamped on the back. I had 2 shoes, one has broken, all the peices still in the box. I wanted to know anything about them, can you direct me to the right place in Sidmouth.
Can you help - GET IN TOUCH
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ROCK COTTAGE SIDMOUTH DEVON supplied by email from Kate Tobin of Sidmouth Devon.
My father gave me this fascinating postcard of Sidmouth about 10 years ago. The view is nothing special, but the story that goes with it is written in tiny script and very vivid. It is addressed to a Mrs Anderson in Edinburgh.
" Saturday, April 14th 1906, Rock Cottage, Sidmouth. So you see I got here after all yesterday! It was a perfect day, so hot in town that I couldn't possibly stay, so after I had finished my note to you I jammed some things into a bag, got a hansom and went off to Waterloo - to find that I had a good half hour to wait for the train! And in the train at lunch - for there was a luncheon-car; an almost unheard-of luxury on the ....S.W.Ry! - I met a man who knew people & places that I knew, & who moreover was going to Sidmouth, & who (better still!) had a carriage to drive him the 11 miles & would be so glad if I would accept a seat in it! Of course I made him glad, & so arrived in style at Rock Cottage much to the surprise of all the family there congregated. Including Bertie Hicks who is here spending his Easter with my people - or rather with Kitty! For it is truly shocking the way those two are going on! They go for walks before breakfast, walks after breakfast, walks before lunch & so on right up to before dinner, & in the odd times when they are not out tramping the moors (for they seem to avoid the Esplanade) one hardly likes to go round the garden or into the conservatory fearful lest you should run across them holding each other's hands or gazing unutterable nothings into each other's eyes behind a bush! - But it's too bad to laugh! I suppose everybody does it - or has done it some time or another! I gave them all (except Bertie) your message, by the way & they all wish to be very kindly remembered to you. This morning we all went to the new house they have taken. It's an awfully jolly house, much larger than this one; the rooms are larger than the old ones at .. Upper Park Road, & there's a (?)beach, garden with flower beds, greenhouses & fruit trees to delight my mother's horticultural soul.
The peach tree had 150 peaches last year, they say, so I'm looking forward to a few of those that they won't be able to eat themselves in the summer! Also there's a real 'drive', stables, coachhouse & all sorts of nice things! It almost makes me inclined to give up Throgmorton Street & apply for a post as boots or under- (very much under-!) gardener! To-morrow Ellis & I are going to risk our lives on the open sea in an open sailing boat that is if we can persuade one of the ancient salts who loaf about the front to let us have a boat without him as well. Ellis is doubtful but he won't submit to the indignity of being accompanied by a sailor. Just as if we didn't know how! But Goodbye.
Space forbids more!
Yours (?)Laurence (?)R/P/B"
SID VALLEY HERITAGE CENTRE Maureen Church at the Sid Vale Heritage Centre very kindly looked into the story further and discovered that Rock Cottage was let to a Mr and Mrs Dawson and family between January 1906 and April 1907 and they then moved on to Spring Gardens, Sidmouth where they lived for three years until Mr Dawson died.
Mrs Church had discovered an article from the Sidmouth Observer reporting on his funeral which tells us he was Mr. James Wiliam Dawson aged 77 and his mourners included four sons and three daughters. They included a Mr.L.H.Dawson, Mr.E.M.Dawson and a Miss K.M.Dawson, who could possibly be Laurence, Ellis and Kitty - but no mention of Bertie Hicks. Since this was four years after the postcard was written it seems that maybe the romance between Kitty and Bertie never came to marriage. In the postcard, you sense that Laurence at least does not particularly like Bertie, so perhaps the family disapproved, maybe the couple simply lost interest in each other or did something tragic happen to Bertie?
It seems that the family probably moved away from Sidmouth after the death of their father and that makes it hard to trace their story any further. It would be wonderful if anybody out there were able to find out more about the story. However even if this is all we ever know of the Dawsons, the postcard gives a charming view into the intensity of the love affair between Kitty and Bertie at the time, as well as some fascinating insights into life in Sidmouth 100 years ago.
THIS PHOTOGRAPGH OF FORE STREET SIDMOUTH DEVON EX10 DEVON ENGLAND
TAKEN IN 1904 REF-NO 52071- **THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS COPYRGHT**
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Lorna Dighton has kindly sent in this BLACK & WHITE photograpgh taken in the mid 1930's in Sidmouth Devon England.
I am writing from Nova Scotia, Canada. While doing research on my husband's family I believe his grandfather lived as a small boy in Sidmouth in the early 1900's.
We believe that he was the son of Thomas H. and Mary A Spiers.A 1901 cencus places them in Sidmouth.
He (Reginald) was sent to Canada in 1906 as a boy,from The Bernardo Home for Boys. His brother (Leslie) came a couple of years later. We are looking for information that might tell us what happened in their lives in the years between 1901-1906.
We were told that they lived with an Uncle Jack , maybe from Northern England ,before going to the Home.
We would certainly appreciate it if there is any way of confirming this information from sources in the community.
Regards Diane Spiers
While working on my family genealogy I came across your website. My parents, Peter Ridgway and June Carnell, both grew up in Sidmouth. I was born in Sidmouth and lived there until 1958 when at the age of four I immigrated with my parents to Toronto and then on to California in 1960. My grandfather was Cyril Carnell, great grandfather Richard Charles Carnell and great great grandfather James Carnell were all from Sidmouth.
I have attached 3 photos that I think you might find interesting.
1) What appears to be a Sidmouth Boy Scout encampment - taken by AW Ellis
2) Woolbrook Garage - owned by Cyril Carnell and Charlie Horwell
3) Alec Watson - first store manager of Sidmouth Woolworth's with June Carnell on the left.
I love old photographs and am looking for any of my family - Ridgway, Carnell, Finnimore, Bole Families. Maybe you would know if there is a Sidmouth historic society or museum that might have old photos.
Enjoy the photos.
Hilary Ridgway Olmstead
My name is Peter van Hanegem, I'm Dutch and I would like to get in touch with people in Weston that knew a man called Morris Tucker.
He died in 2001 and he used to own a Holiday Park in Highlands Weston Sidmouth.
Do you remember anything of him?
Your help would be much appreciated.
Peter van Hanegem
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