Too large to go through my gate, the Green Bamboo Man had to be hoisted over the wall and walked down Brim Hill to the village green. Andy Maltas (joint builder of the Green Bamboo Man) couldn't see a thing as he slowly made progress down the hill while I went on in front to warn oncoming motorists of the 'Ent from Fangorn Forest' ... It could only happen in Maidencombe or Comeinbemad our other apt naming.
Eerily shrouded in mist, two of the lower chalets of Sladnor Park.
AN ODE TO SLADNOR PARK
(sung to the tune of 'Home on the Range')
Oh give me a park where the badgers can roam Where the deer and the wildlife reside There never is heard the developer's word To disturb where the denizens abide
Oh give me a park where the diggers are banned And the architect can't earn his fee Where the noise of the town Is a far distant sound And conservation is all it can be
For when houses are built The council covered in guilt And all the animals forlorn Now the only sounds to be heard Are vehicles absurd And the cries of a motherless fawn
The twinning of Maidencombe with Comeinbemad reflects the light-hearted nature of this gentle blog. The articles posted are written by the author alone and have no connection with any official body or association.
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THE ENDANGERED CIRL BUNTING - SYMBOL OF THE MAIDENCOMBE COMMUNITY GROUP
I came across this fascinating and informative guide to St Marychurch and Babbacombe recently. For many Maidencombers, these are our local shops and first 'port of call' before venturing into the urban jungles of Torquay. There's a local news feed which is regularly updated. Well worth a look. Here's the link:
The old Toll House on the west side of the A379 Teignmouth Road, stands at the junction of Claddon Lane with the A379 about 50 yards from Ridge Road and the former position of the black and white Solomons Post sign (see side panel right). This early photo shows the open porch (lower left) - now blocked off and the blanked out toll-board recess (top right). Under the angled roof on the right, there is a small shop and working post office. The building probably dates from 1827 when the new road was built. Originally named Solomon's Post Gate when there was a gate across the road for the toll collector to open upon payment.
After scrutiny by a panel, this site has been added as a reputable source of information about Maidencombe.
ARCHIVE: MAIDENCOMBE TIMELINE EVENING AT THE THATCHED TAVERN
The first Timeline evening took place Wednesday evening March 20th at the Thatched Tavern. Local lad Ziggy Austin's brainchild, it was an endeavour to map out the history of Maidencombe on a ten metre paper scroll. The initiative was first mooted and widely supported on Ziggy's Maidencombe Residents Facebook page. Residents and non residents were asked if they could research local history on the area and bring along any material such as postcards or text to place on the scroll. The first evening was well attended and as can be seen in the photos on the left, a great deal was achieved. Longest residing villager, Alan Hunt attended to add his considerable knowledge and was supported by his 'young' student Jim Campbell with a mere 53 years of residence under his belt. The pub opened up the restaurant area for the occasion and were most generous in providing sandwiches for the studious throng.
SOLOMONS POST AT THE JUNCTION OF TEIGNMOUTH ROAD & RIDGE ROAD
No known images of this iconic Maidencombe landmark. Post war and up to the late 1960's, sign posts were wooden posts painted black and white. This is a close reconstruction of the sign where buses would actually pull in to for passengers to alight or board.
A UNIQUE VIDEO
A video of one of my foxes being treated for Sarcoptic mange - taking the medication on the food by hand. She recovered completely and my thanks go out to the Derbyshire Fox Rescue who supplied the medication.
DRAMATIC EROSION OF THE SOUTHWEST COASTAL FOOTPATH
Worth a look as Maidencombe's section of the SWCP is also very much under threat.
Photo taken from the beach cafe above Maidencombe cove and the arrows indicate the cause for concern. A minor land slip has already taken place and the Environment Agency had a look Christmas eve in case the cove had to be closed.
ARCHIVE: Entrance to Crossways at Maidencombe Cross
After a catalogue of antisocial behaviour displayed by motorists illegally entering a private area, the police recommended that the entrance be made narrower. A sad indictment of society.
THE FOLLY AT SLADNOR PARK
Constructed between 1830-1833 by Mrs Groves who inhabited Sladnor Manor House at the time. The hexagonal tower and accompanying arched outbuilding were built of Devon red sandstone. A projecting castellated cornice crowned the gothic apertures and single faux crossbow slit at ground level. A most interesting aspect of the folly is the purpose-built pony and trap winding carriage-way which Mrs Groves carved through the north western woods of the estate to facilitate her passage to and from the folly. The structure is now in poor condition and it is earnestly hoped that Richmond Villages, the new owners of Sladnor, will be able to make safe the folly to enable residents to enjoy in years to come.
FEATURES OF MAIDENCOMBE
Some of the features we will be mentioning:
ROCK HOUSE GAZEBO THE CASCADE THE IRON STILE THE CASTELLATED FOLLY THE BAT RETREAT THE PUMP HOUSE THE PILL BOX THE 190 OAK SMUGGLER'S LANE
GRADE 2 LISTED ROCK HOUSE GAZEBO
Circa 1850. Constructed of Devon red sandstone with unfortunately, as is the case with the Sladnor Folly, some cement patching. Sited at the eastern end of the garden, overlooking the sea. A single storey structure with faux castellated parapet. It has a one-window front incorporating a gabled porch on the front to left with a segmental headed and arched doorway. There is a matching arched window to the right. Reportedly, the structure had a flight of external steps for access to the flat roof with commanding views of Lyme Bay. The interior is clay-tiled laid.