Sampson Society

Christmas Drinks at Trow Hall was a great success. The Harpist played, food was in abundance (maybe even too much so!) and a convivial atmosphere surrounded everyone. A big thank you to our hosts Nicky & Graham Davies.


Coffee Mornings

The first coffee morning of the year in January, courtesy of Judi and Mike Horwood had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances – a new date to have coffee at The Hill will be arranged in due course.

The next one is courtesy of Geoffrey and Barbara Doyle on Thursday 10th February at Pitt Orchard at 10.30am. Please telephone to book on 01395 597458.

Annual Lunch at the Victoria Hotel - Friday 11 Mar at Noon

The speaker will be Richard Eley, Member of the Society and Chairman of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are now on sale from Eight’s a Wish or by using the order form attached. We plan to make it a Saturday next year to allow those of us working to attend!

Garden Party - Sunday 26 June

Would any Member like to offer their garden for this event? We would be pleased to hear from you.

Competition to Commemorate Sampson

The ideas put forward are being ‘bandied about’ and approximate costs estimated. An announcement as to the winner will be made at the Lunch in March.

New Members

We now have over 100 members! If you know anyone who would like to join, please let the Treasurer know.

Your Committee

The Committee are enjoying working on several other ideas to present to you in due course - perhaps at the Lunch?

The Fortfield Hotel was previously called The Red House. R W Sampson produced plans in ** to extend the building to become an hotel, therefore some of his work will be destroyed when the plan to demolish takes place. We are in touch with the Planning Officer at EDDC to see if a memento of the building could be retained in any new building – thus keeping Sampson’s name linked with this building.

This month’s featured Sampson property is The Victoria Hotel

Sampson’s first commercial building was the Victoria Hotel. Designed in 1902, this was the most up to date hotel in the South West. An additional wing was built in 1906, proving the hotel’s success.

This solid brick building with stone detailing is characterised by a series of balconies interspersed with columns and circular projections at each corner of the structure, all topped with cupolas. It has a heavy, almost urban quality, somewhat at odds with Sidmouth’s more delicate Regency heritage. Nevertheless, the internal layout provided everything required in a large quality hotel. The extensive lounges were further enlarged when the sun terrace was enclosed.