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23 October 2019Visit to Torre Abbey and the Mechanical Musical Collection at Aeolian Court, Chudleigh
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Visit to Torre Abbey and the Mechanical Musical Collection at Aeolian Court, Chudleigh
Wednesday 23 October 2019

Torre Abbey was founded on 25th March 1196, with arrival of an abbot and six cannons at Torre (now known as Torquay). They had been sent from Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire following a gift of land from the lord of the manor at Torre, William Brewer. It now houses beautifully presented heritage rooms, galleries, art exhibitions, interactive displays. Talking portraits, and videos, which bring the Abbey’s history to life.

We will have a guided tour through the art galleries where there are many interesting paintings by well known artists including Pre-Raphaelites works of Holman Hunt and Burne-Jones; water colours by Thomas Luny and F J Widgery and a rare set of William Blake’s “Book of Job”.

Lunch has been arranged at “The Hare and Hounds” where a carvery for “the over 60s” will only be served to cope with so many in the time we have. This will cost £9.50.

In the afternoon we will be listening to and seeing the collection of mechanical musical instruments at Aeolian Court in Chudleigh. There are over fifty period pieces of various ages and sizes which Robert Hough, the collector will play and talk about. He tells me that this will take about one and a half hours. We will then have tea before returning to Exeter.

The booking form for this outing can be found under Our Society/Documents on this website.