Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Topsham - Part 2

Does anyone remember this sign?!
These little scamps, on the blind of a window in the museum, are a reminder of old schooldays in Topsham.

Not to mention what happened if you misbehaved!

A bit of crafting on this blind..but no blog on which to report her day's work!

But the nautical flavour is with you constantly as you not only browse the museum but also browse Topsham itself.

I love to see wall art .This mural shows salmon fishing in the Exe estuary.Salmon fishing was once a thriving industry on the River Exe.

And of course, you can't escape the Dutch influence.

Along The Strand are the beautiful "Dutch" houses, with their delightful courtyards. The houses were built in approx 1700 by Topsham merchants. They were constructed from Dutch brick, brought back as ballast, and obviously with Dutch architecture in mind . Holland was then the largest customer for Devonshire serges, and these were the greatest days of the port.

Wherever you go in Topsham, you can't avoid the strong sense of past life as it is the streets, in the alleys and along the water front.

Finally... I have to show you my favourite residences!

And that's Topsham..or snippets of it!! One of my favourite Saturday trips, of which I never tire.


Simone said...

You have some lovely places near you Sal. Topsham looks like a lovely place to visit. I love the houses. I am quite partial to the salmon pink one!

Kitty said...

I love the shot of the boat - such beautiful lines, and shining wood.

Lovely pictures Sal - thanks for sharing. x

Rosie said...

Topsham looks such an interesting and attractive town - how lucky you are to be able to visit regularly. The houses are so pretty. The museum looks great and I've enjoyed both your posts about it.Your post about the museum kitchen display made me smile:)

Leisa said...

What a lovely town to be able to visit. Thank you so much for sharing some more lovlies with us!

funkymonkey said...

I'll have the pink house please.

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a lovely place..... I rather fancy the swan boat!

this is my patch said...

Another place I have yet to visit, and I thought we had seen so much of Devon and Cornwall, how wrong was I. I remember once being threatened with the cane by the very strict headmaster of my primary school, frightened me to death, never ever misbehaved again, well not until I was much older! A lovely tour of a lovely place. x

Clare said...

Hey Sal, great info! I'm hoping to tour Cornwall and Devon in September, already planned to visit Ashburton now maybe Topham.

MarmaladeRose said...

I do enjoy your guided tours Sal. I think maybe you missed your vocation! lol!

Mary said...

I always enjoyed a trip to Topsham and seeing the Dutch houses. The river is so pretty there.

Oh Devon, glorious Devon, I truly miss you!

Have a super weekend Sal - hope the sun is shining.

Cowboys & Custard said...

I had no idea that Topsham was so interesting and pretty.. must put on my growing list of places to visit on our Devon trip later this year..
The Museum looks very well presented and I love the way they have printed photographic images on to linen.. just what I am doing with an old class photo for one of my frames.. what a coincidence.
Lovely to see another colourful blog header.. I like the constantly changing banner..

Michele x

Alison Boon said...

It looks like a fabulous place to wander around.

Sandie said...

How lovely to see those photos of Topsham. I used to live there, in Fore Street, I believe next door but one to the Customs House which was a grocer's shop way back then in 1970! (If it's the one I'm thinking of!)

Rosezilla said...

Thanks so much for sharing! It was all so beautiful and fun. I loved the wall mural especially.

Eleanor said...

What a fabulous blog full of delights, I shall be visiting again regularly. I went to school in Topsham, by train from Exton, from 1965 to 1971.
How I would love to come back for a visit one day.