Sampson Society

We decided some time ago to alternate with a garden party one year and a different outside event another, so this year it’s a Stuart Line Cruise on Saturday 15th July on board the “Tudor Rose”.  Departure time from Exmouth Dock is18.30, boarding from 18.00.  Pay and Display parking is available on Exmouth seafront – the boat will have to leave at 18.30 regardless.  Tickets are £25 to include a 3-piece jazz band and cold buffet with a return to dock at 22.00.

Steven Jellyman has arranged a 59 seater coach at a cost of £5 a seat.  Please book at the same time as your ticket (and indicate preferred pick up point).  Departure from Sidmouth Triangle at 5pm.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 22 May to Friday 7 July at Sidsoft in Church Street or by post from Alan Weaver.  Due to a limit on numbers to 75, your membership Number will be required as the event is restricted to Member and Spouse/Partner.  A Reserve List will be started for those wishing to bring a guest      (1 Member, 1 Guest).  If you do not know your Membership Number, please contact Pamela Gordon-Lee, details at foot. 


A new venture - Thursday 1 June and Tuesday 6 June – Martin Mallinson is organising two identical Walking Tours of Bickwell Valley for an hour or so preceded by coffee at 10am at Steve and Sally Jellyman’s.  Tickets limited to 12 on each day.  Tickets will be on sale at £2.50 through Sidsoft again from Monday 22 May.


If anyone would like to hold another Appreciation Visit one week-day morning, Martin will prepare a history of your house.  Please be in touch.  For new members, these take the form of coffee on arrival, Martin giving a talk on the history of the house and a look round whichever rooms you wish to make available to look at the architectural style.

The Bungalow, Manor Road, Sidmouth.

This is an early Sampson design - the plans for it dated October 1895 are held in the Devon Record Office. The house was somewhat curiously called the Bungalow, and was built for (and presumably by) the Skinner brothers. It occupied a site on Manor Road between Crossways and Grey Turret, both built a year or two earlier. In the 1901 census the occupiers are identified as Arthur & Blanche Stone, who went on to build Trow Hall the following year.

The house was demolished some years ago and the site is now occupied by the Brinkburn Court flats. Sad that this rather grand house has now gone – there are one or two elsewhere in this area which have met the same fate.