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AGM 2018 (Buildings Section)
Sat. 3 November 2018 at 10:00 am
Ashburton was the centre of the tin trade from Roman times and became a Stannary Town in 1285. It contains many historic buildings.
St Lawrence Chapel is a unique and important Grade II* listed building in the heart of Ashburton. Originally a private Chantry Chapel for the Bishop of Exeter, it was given to the town in 1314 to be administered by the Guild of St Lawrence. It housed a grammar school for some 600 years and is now a focus for the town’s heritage and cultural life. The historic Courts Leet and Portreeve elections take place here, along with the annual ale-tasting and bread-weighing ceremonies. The Stanley Gill Room, with its unique collection of town archives, will be open for viewing.
10.00 Assemble for coffee and biscuits
10.30 Dr David Stone ‘Exploring Mediaeval Manorial Buildings: Eastern Dartmoor and Beyond’,
11.30 Annual General Meeting
12.15 Arrange own lunch in the town.
In the afternoon there will be two different guided tours, run concurrently, then both repeated: a walk around the town to see the historic buildings and museum, and a visit to the Parish Church of St Andrew with its imposing tower and long wagon roof. Directions will be given on the day. Both tours will aim to finish by 4.00.
Accessibility: St Lawrence Chapel is fully accessible with ramped access at the rear and a disabled toilet.
A short report and photographs of the event can be seen on our Facebook page, here.