Large 'cottage' which was rented by the poet Shelley
for his second attempt to set up an egalitarian community. The property
continued as guesthouse,popular with cyclists
in the 1930s. It changed its name
the 'Shelleys Cottage Hotel' in
the 1940s and in 1952 was badly damaged in the famous Lynmouth
flood. An article in the North Devon Herald in 1917 claimed that the
owners still had an old visitors book with an entry by Shelley.
GRID REF: SY024948 Lynmouth.
Exeter Co-op Soc. 1826
37 acre estate taken on by members of the Devon &
Exeter Co-op Soc. They had originally proposed an ambitious Owenite
community of 2000 people. 12 cottages were built but the scheme collapsed
after its backer Jasper Veysey withdrew his support for domestic reasons.
Some of the "communitarians" moved on to form the Dowlands
GRID REF: SY024948 Rockbeare.
REF: Alt Com 19th Cent Eng
Community set up after the collapse of the Devon &
Exeter Co-op Soc. community. They grew crops through the summer of
1827 and had plans to set up their own school. Lack of capital and
new members caused the community to fold by the end of the year.
GRID REF: Location Unknown
REF: Alt Com 19th Cent Eng
New monastic order originally set up by French monks
fleeing persecution. The self-sufficient community rebuilt the original
Abbey church and produced their own successful tonic wine.
GRID REF: SX ???????
REF: Utopian England.
Dartington Hall 1925 - present
FOUNDER/ LEADER: Leonard & Dorothy Elmhirst
Successful experiment in rural regeneration financed by New York heiresss
fortune. Inc: 800 acres of farms & forestry, experimental school,
art college & open-air theatre, cider press, glassworks and various
research projects. Became a series of trusts in 1931 and managed to
maintain its radical edge beyond the death of its founders.
GRID REF: SX 800626
REF: The Elmhirsts of Dartington.
A superb example of the International Modernist style designed in
1932, by the Swiss American architect William Lescaze, High Cross
House stands within the grounds of Dartington Hall, an 800 acre mediaeval
estate. Its bright blue and white exterior contrasts sharply with
the ancient buildings of the crown of the estate. High Cross has been
renovated and specially adapted by the Dartington Hall Trust as an
exhibition and study centre. The house is listed Grade II.
14.00 - 16.30
1 May - 26 Oct. Tues to Friday
Admission £2.50 (Con.£1.50)
High Cross House. Dartington Hall. Totnes. Devon. TQ9 6ED http://www.dartingtonarchive.org.uk/pages/visitingdtnhall.html
Tel: O1803 864114
Co-operative Housing Society 1944 - Present.
Pioneer housing association set up by L.Elmhirst of
Dartington Hall, A.E. Malbon of Staverton Builders and Dr A. Mansbridge
a leading figure in the WEA and Co-operative Movement. Carried out
developments at Yate, Totnes & Bridgewater.
REF: Brick Upon Brick. Eric Stafford 1994
FOUNDER/LEADER : R.Duncan
Pacifist land colony
GRID REF: North Devon?
REF: All Men are Islands .R.Duncan.
1941 - 54
FOUNDER/LEADER : Irene Champernowne.
'The Jungian Community for the Healing Arts', a pioneer therapeutic
community, treated 240 adults between 1942 and 1954 in a residential
setting supported by the Elmhurst's of Dartington Hall.
GRID REF: Exeter