Fairlynch museum occupies an imposing position on a bank overlooking the junction of Fore Street and Marine Parade. It is one of the very few thatched museums in the UK.;The building is a typical example of a 'marine cottage orn?' and is Grade II listed.;Built by a local shipowner Matthew Yeates around 1811, the house recently celebrated its bicentenary.;The museum started with the collection of period costumes gathered by Budleigh residents the Misses Gawne, together with the many geological specimens amassed by local archaeologist George Carter.;It opened on 27 July 1967, with Priscilla Hull his daughter as its first Chairman.;Our Collections;The Museum holds approximately 4,000 items of men's, women's and children's clothing including rare pieces dating as far back as the early 1700s.;On show is Honiton lace and other types of lace from this country and the Continent.;The Geological collections feature the remarkable nodules, or small mineral clusters found in the cliffs.;The Archaeology section includes artefacts from the Bronze Age as well as items from Roman sites.;In the local history room you will find numerous albums containing information on all aspects of life in Budleigh Salterton through the ages.
Fairlynch Museum, 27 Fore Street, Budeight Salterton, Devon, Exmouth EX9 6NP