AGM 2020 (Buildings Section)
Sat. 7 November 2020 at 10:00 am
Section AGM at the Town Hall, Great Torrington.
The Town Hall dominates the centre of the town and was for several centuries the hub of the civic, social and judicial life of this ancient borough. The building has an imposing facade in the classical style and an impressive interior. Grade II listed and now restored to its former glory, it is considered one of the grandest Halls in North Devon.
Originally an agricultural centre and strategic crossing point on the river Torridge, Torrington retains many buildings of interest associated with the local industries of milling, wool manufacture and glove making.
10:00 Assemble in the Town Hall for coffee and biscuits.
10:30 Dr Hugh Reed on ‘The History and Historic Buildings of Torrington’.
Hugh Reed has researched the town’s history and recently published an historical sourcebook of buildings, people and past industries.
11:30 Annual General Meeting in the Oak Room.
12:30 For members who have attended the AGM, a sandwich lunch will be provided in the Long Room.
1:15 Depart Town Hall and return to cars for the 10-mile drive to Tawstock, clearly signposted from the B3232, and taking around 20 minutes.
2:00 Meet at Tawstock Church for a guided tour and talk about the monuments with Dr Clive Easter of the Church Monuments Society (https://churchmonumentssociety.org/).
St Peter’s at Tawstock was described by Pevsner as the most architecturally interesting church in North Devon. It has a large and unique collection of monuments and memorials and has been dubbed the ‘Westminster Abbey of Devon’. We shall aim to conclude before 3.30 pm.
Accessibility: Lift and disabled toilet in Town Hall. Toilets at Castle Hill car park. Couple of steps and uneven flagstones at the church.
Directions: Great Torrington is on the A386, south of Bideford. Park at South Street car park, Castle Hill, EX38 8AA. Two-minute walk to Town Hall.
Tawstock lies to the north-east off the B3232. The church is signposted down a blind lane with plenty of parking. Postcode EX31 3HZ, Grid ref. SS 599 299.
The cost includes coffee, morning lecture, the AGM with sandwich lunch, and the afternoon guided talk.
There is no charge to attend just the AGM, but please let us know of your intention.