Phear Park - fond memories

PUBLISHED: 02:01 28 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010

I AGREE wholeheartedly with Mrs Diana Carpenter's letter ( Hands off Phear Park", July 10). I too played there as a little boy before the war, learning to play golf, would you believe, with my tiny set of clubs happy days. One very minor point, and I co

I AGREE wholeheartedly with Mrs Diana Carpenter's letter ("Hands off Phear Park", July 10). I too played there as a little boy before the war, learning to play golf, would you believe, with my tiny set of clubs - happy days.One very minor point, and I could well be wrong. I always understood that Marpool Hall, as it then was, was left to the people of Withycome by the Phears, as they left no issue, on the understanding the name be changed to Phear Park, and the property be for the enjoyment of the people of Withycombe for ever.During the war, it was used by American troops stationed here prior to the invasion of Europe, and the house itself was pulled down in about 1947, I seem to remember. The park has been enjoyed by locals ever since, and long may that situation pertain.I am sure, however, that residents of Withycombe will not refuse to let Exmothians continue to enjoy the surroundings of Phear Park.George Fardell,The Retreat,Lympstone.

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