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Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre

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Fairlynch Museum, 27 Fore Street, Budeight Salterton, Devon, Exmouth EX9 6NP

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.