Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Concerns Raised Over Gotham House Alterations

Gotham House, Tiverton, Devon
Lobsterthermidor / CC BY-SA 3.0
An article on DevonLive (04/04/2022) outlines concerns from the Tiverton Civic Society over reports that the original 18th century doors leading from the staircase in the Grade II* listed Gotham House have been removed and sold. The society has issued a letter of objection (Word document format).

Gotham House was rebuilt by clothing merchant and Mayor of Tiverton, George Davey (1690–1746), following the Great Fire of 1731. George Davey also owned Gotham Farmhouse - another Grade II* listed property.

Although now unconnected, both Gotham House and Gotham Farmhouse are currently on the market.

Charitable Trust To Restore The Leat

"Castle Street, Tiverton"
RA Series - c.1958

DevonLive reports (06/04/2022) that a charitable trust is to be setup to preserve Tiverton’s historic leat. In previous reports it has been suggested that a sum of £100,000 may be required to get the leat flowing again. A popular Facebook group was setup in 2019 to monitor the situation and lobby to get it flowing again, along with a petition.

Concealed Shoes

The Tiverton Museum article on page 17 in this month's edition of the Mid Devon One Magazine is all about the practice of hiding shoes and boots in houses to bring good luck and to ward off evil spirits. The museum has a display of such shoes and a hat found under floorboards at 1 Park Street.

As visitors to the museum look more closely at our display case showing some worn old boots, they realise that this is part of a cache of shoes which were concealed within a house on Park Street in Tiverton.

People used to hide old shoes and boots in their houses to bring good luck and to ward off evil spirits. Shoes were often hidden around chimneys or under floors. It is quite common to find a single shoe rather than a pair, children’s shoes are frequently found and all of the shoes are usually worn out.