Respect this lovely old house

PUBLISHED: 15:54 11 November 2010

Last week, my ears pricked up when I overheard a couple talking about an old house. They were discussing Rocke House, in Trefusis Terrace, which has been lying in ruins for several years now.

I lived there for several years, in the little annexe on the side of the property. My landlady was Valerie Collacott. Married to Gerry, she took such immense pride in her home. Not a thing out of place, rooms for visitors, others which looked as if they were in a show home and a wonderful, huge playroom at the top of the house for her grandchildren.

I left Exmouth for several years and, on my return, decided to retrace my steps along Trefusis Terrace. What I found made me cry, that beautiful part of my history in such a dreadful state, sitting like a blackened, jagged tooth on an otherwise pearly seafront view.

Mrs Collacott would be absolutely devastated to see her home like this.

How on earth was the destruction of such a beautiful property allowed to happen and why has it been allowed to sit decaying by the day for so long? There has been a recent attempt to develop the site into ‘townhouses’, but no one seems to be buying.

Surely, it would be better for developers to renovate the original building and restore its historical grace. Or, if this is impossible, due to the levels of damage and decay, at least show a bit of respect for one of Exmouth’s finest ladies and knock the house down.

Jeanie Lynch,

(via email).

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