Feniton History Group held the 33rd meeting at Feniton Church on 13th September 2012
Group members were joined by members of the public for a talk by John-Michael Kennaway entitled "The Fall and Rise of a Country Estate" Escot.
John-Michael showed a very interesting set of photos of the rise of the Estate from near dereliction to the thriving visitor attraction it is today. He also gave some detail of the early history, the purchase from the Younge family in 1794. Sir George Younge had to sell due to debts incurred from dubious use of the public purse and the "rotten borough" of Honiton, the devastating fire in 1808, which destroyed the house, to the present day detailing the work and restoration, which of course is ongoing. John-Michael is the 7th generation of his family to reside at Escot.
I would like to thank John-Michael and our Group members for their help in making the evening a success. A total of £54 will be passed to Feniton Church. The Church is a perfect venue for meetings like this having the screen and projector.
Our next meeting will again be in the Church for a talk by Chris. Wakefield from Ottery St Mary Heritage on "Village Boundaries". This will be in the same format as the talk last night. 8:00 pm Thurs. 11th Oct. 2012, raffle prizes please.
David has suggested a "Bring and Share" meeting, where we pool our research and chat about our own projects. This will be our November meeting in the Nog Inn on the 8th Nov. 2012 at 8:00 pm.