Sampson Society

 

THE SAMPSON SOCIETY
MEMBERS’ NEWSLETTER
 

Membership is open to all those interested in the life and work of

R W Sampson, LRIBA Architect

                                                                                    No 21, September 2016

 

We have had a lovely summer with an Appreciation Visit in May, courtesy of John and Sue Maynard and a Summer Garden Party, courtesy of Tom and Laura Griffiths.  Our thanks go to both couples for hosting these most enjoyable occasions.

Scout Hut – In our September 2015 Newsletter, the original Scout Hut was featured, having been designed by Sampson and opened in 1915.  In the course of researching the history of that old building, Martin Mallinson came across a remarkable report of its opening in the Sidmouth Observer of 20 January 1915.  We had three copies of that report made and framed.  One is in the Society’s archives, one was given to the current owners of the old building and the third one was made for presentation to the present 1st Sid Vale Scouts.

On 20th August this year our Chairman, Derek Parry, had the pleasure of attending the formal opening of the new Scout HQ in the Salcombe Regis Recreation Field, which is at the top of Salcombe Hill Road.  He presented a framed copy of the Report which gives a short history of Scouting in Sidmouth.

Enquiries – we receive about two enquiries a month about whether a house is a Sampson house or could we provide some history about a house.  Martin Mallinson deals with those with his usual detailed approach to research.

AGM – our 7th AGM is coming up on Monday 17th October at the Kingswood Hotel on the Esplanade at 6pm.  This is usually a short convivial event with complementary wine and a chance to chat after the formal proceedings.  This year, the committee in toto comes up for re-election for the next two years.  If anyone wishes to stand for the committee, could you please let Sylvia Brownlee know by e-mail by Monday 10th October.  The present committee are happy to carry on. 

Christmas Drinks - Sunday 11th December 2016 – Noon.  Christmas Drinks at Trow Hall, courtesy of Nicki and Graham Davies.  An e-mail will be sent out mid-October with further details about buying tickets at £12.50 which will go on sale on Tuesday 1st November.

Plaques – we recently placed an order for a further quantity of plaques which are on sale at £35 from Stephen Jellyman whose details are below.

Annual Lunch – Friday 10th March 2017 at The Victoria Hotel

We are very hopeful to have as our 'after lunch speaker' Jonathan Ball MBE, Architect and a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow, who some of you will have met when he represented the President of RIBA at our Sampson Memorial ceremony last March.  Qualifying as an architect, Jonathan set up his practice in his home town of Bude, and was appointed MBE for Services to Architecture in 1992. 

Welcome to new Members this year

Denese Molyneux of Molyneux Financial Planning – Corporate Member

Helen Douglas of Sidsoft in Church Street

James and Gillian Greenlees

Michael James of Kennaway House

Andrew Ridler and Olivia Tatton-Brown

Wendy and Ernest Shipton

Anne Dawson

 

Corporate Members – our corporate members support us by paying an annual subscription, rather than life membership, for which we are very grateful.  They are listed below and some have particular knowledge and experience of Sampson houses which you may find useful.

Skinner Construction              Phil Tucker, www.skinner-construction.com

Sidmouth Design                     Edward Willis-Fleming, www.sidmouthdesign.co.uk

Sidmouth Museum                 Nigel Hyman, Curator.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Sidmouth Club                 The President, 10 Fortfield Terrace

Molyneux Financial Planning Denese Molyneux, www.molyneuxfp.co.uk

 

Change of circumstances – please e-mail our membership secretary, Pamela Gordon-Lee if you have a change of address, e-mail etc.

 

Sampson’s 1922 Plan of the Bickwell Valley Estate (it is not possible to reproduce the Plan here)

By the end of the nineteenth century the Sidmouth Manor Estate owned all of the land in the Bickwell Valley area. The Bickwell Valley Road was built by the Estate in 1900 in order to open up the land holding for housing development. The first three houses were built the following year. Designed by Sampson and built by Messrs RW & J Skinner, they set the scene for the type of development to follow. Most of the houses, all designed by Sampson, were built by 1920. They were sold on long leaseholds of 999 years, with annual rents usually between £4 and £10, depending on the date of sale and size of plot.

In the early 1920’s the Manor Estate decided to offer the freeholds to individual house owners. Sampson was commissioned in 1922 to prepare a plan of the Estate’s ownership, which was then used in the documentation for each sale. A copy of the plan is attached to this newsletter. It shows the Estate’s ownership coloured pink together with each individual plot. Some of the plots were still vacant, awaiting development. Indeed the plan indicates that there were proposals at the time for additional roads on the western side of the Valley to service further development. In the event, these roads were never built.

 

 

 

COMMITTEE

 

Chairman            Derek Parry             01395 516150  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice-Chairman     Edmund Harrison     01395 514430  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer            Alan Weaver            01395 519123  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary            Sylvia Brownlee       01395 514011  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership Sec  Pamela Gordon-Lee    01395 578267  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members            Martin Mallinson    01395 519070  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                         Stephen Jellyman     01395 513606  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Secretary, 3 Fortfield Chambers, Sidmouth EX10 8NY

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