Residents’ views on naming of Sidmouth flats

13:00 25 February 2012

Demolition of the Fortfield Hotel in 2011.  Picture by Alex Walton Ref shs 1293-06-11AW

Demolition of the Fortfield Hotel in 2011. Picture by Alex Walton Ref shs 1293-06-11AW

Archant

NEW apartments will be built on land where the old Fortfield Hotel stood last year.

Recently there has been controversy over whether this development should keep the old Fortfield name, or whether the name should be changed, one suggestion being Annie Leigh Browne Court, writes Lily Thomas.

The Sidmouth public have been voicing their opinions on the matter.

Sidmouth businessman, Robert Gliddon, 54, owner of Gliddons Toy Shop, Church Street,believes the name Fortfield should be preserved.

He said: “The name Fortfield has more meaning and significance than any other name as the area has been around for a very long time.”

Mr Gliddon, who lives in Colyton, has worked in Sidmouth since he left school, and believes keeping the name Fortfield for the new apartments will preserve the memory of the once popular hotel.

Another strong believer in keeping the Fortfield tie is David Powell, 63, who grew up in Sidmouth and now lives in Dubai.

He said: “The Fortfield Hotel was the best hotel around when I was growing up.”

He believes completely removing the name from the new establishment would destroy the hotel’s memory.

His opinion is also reflected by Sidmouth resident, Elaine Woodward, who suggested the name Fortfield should be included somewhere in the new name, merely because the whole complex is called Fortfield.

She did, however, suggest referring to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee somewhere in the title of the new apartments.

Some people thought a different name is needed for these new apartments, including one resident of Fortfield Terrace.

Not wishing to be named, she believes a different name should be chosen, to reflect the newness of the apartments, to symbolise a fresh start to the area.

She sees the new development as a positive change, that should be reflected in the name.

There are varying views between the residents of Sidmouth, and the debate continues, but many feel it is of great significance to preserve the memory of the hotel somewhere in the new apartment’s name.

*See Nostalgia about Annie Leigh Browne, page 38.

More Property News

Thursday, May 21, 2015
For sale in Budleigh contact Bradleys 01395 442201

An exceptional Edwardian property with stunning period charm has come to the market with Bradleys Estate Agents.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For sale by Whitton and Laing call 01395 445600

West Hill Gardens is a most attractive development of eight flats in two buildings within extensive communal gardens providing a delightful setting and fine widespread views from the upper part.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For sale with Bradleys 01395 442201

Bradleys Estate Agents is delighted to be marketing ‘Elmfield’, a superb detached family home nestled in the beautiful village of Colaton Raleigh, surrounded by some of East Devon’s most picturesque countryside.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For sale with Whitton and Laing call 01395 445600

This outstanding, four-bedroom detached bungalow provides generously proportioned accommodation, greatly improved by the present owner in recent years.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For sale with Bradleys, call 01395 222300

Agood sized, 1930s’ detached family home, situated on a level plot with a superb southerly-facing walled rear garden.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For sale with Bradleys, call 01395 222300

Set on the fringes of the popular East Devon village of Lympstone.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For sale with Bradleys, call 01395 222300

A beautifully-presented, modern end link house in cul-de-sac location.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
For sale in Exmouth by Bradleys Exmouth 01395 222300

Built by Midas homes in 2006, is this immaculate, purpose-built ground-floor apartment with well-maintained communal gardens.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Meaning 'a steep wooded place' in Anglo-Saxon, Hanger Farm was one of the first freeholds in Devon and has a recorded history dating back 800 years to the time of the Magna Carta. Picture: Matt Austin.

Meaning ‘a steep wooded place’ in Anglo-Saxon, Hanger Farm was one of the first freeholds in Devon and has a recorded history dating back 800 years to the time of the Magna Carta. Lovingly restored into a family home, it is both grand in historical features and humble in homeliness. NAOMI TOLLEY visits owners Marianne and Peter Odling-Smee at their Cornwood manor

Read more
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Barn, Exmouth - Guide Price £850,000

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder