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Axminster and its Heritage, with AGM (Buildings Section)

Sat. 26 October 2024 at 10:00 am


The Buildings Section’s autumn meeting.

Axminster is a lot more than carpets. With origins in the Stone and Bronze Ages, it lies at a major Roman crossing: the Fosse Way from Lincoln to Seaton, and the Dorchester to Exeter road. Although famous for its carpets since the mid 18th century, Axminster became a busy agricultural market town at the centre of a strong rural economy, attracting a wider range of craftsmen and women.

We will be the guests of Axminster Heritage, a charitable organisation run by trustees and volunteers. They are focused on the restoration of historically important local buildings and contributing towards the regeneration of Axminster.

  • 10:00 Arrive for tea and coffee
  • 10:30 Buildings Section AGM
  • 11:00 Illustrated talk by David Knapman on ‘Axminster and its Notable Buildings’. His book on the history of Axminster won the Devon History Society’s W. G. Hoskins memorial prize 2020. The talk will be followed by questions and discussion.
  • 12:30 Sandwich lunch
  • 13:30 Tour of Axminster led by David Knapman and Nigel Sadler (Heritage Centre Manager) including the church
  • 14:30 Guided tour of the museum exhibits and an opportunity to purchase books
  • 15:15 Tea and a mince pie
  • 15:45 Conclusion and departure

Accessibility: The Bradshaw Meeting Room is on the first floor, with access by lift or stairs. A small ramp is provided for wheelchair access into the building. Disabled WC.

Directions: Axminster is situated at the junction of the A35 and A358, not far from the Dorset border. The Heritage Centre is at Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, just off Trinity Square EX13 5AH, and a short walk from the Railway Station. Car parks are at the Station, Poplar Mount, West Street and Coombe Lane (axminstercarpark.co.uk)

Cost of the event: £15 to include refreshments on arrival, David Knapman’s lecture, the sandwich lunch, the guided walk, the museum presentation and the afternoon snack. No charge for AGM but please let us know your intention.

Leader: Timothy Joy

Places at many of the Buildings Section events are limited due to the nature of the properties visited. Members of the Section have priority and have been sent details and booking forms. If you are not a member but would like to attend, please contact the Events Secretary – details under ‘Organiser’ below.


Sat. 26 October 2024
10:00 am
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Buildings Section (Lydia Burge)


Axminster Heritage Centre
Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street
Axminster, Devon EX13 5AH