Newly refurbished single offices...
Available soon within Thomas Whitty House Silver Street, Axminster. Newly refurbished, single offices (16m² – 29m²) TO LET.
Available late September a selection of offices from £170 per month including heating, electricity and Wifi. Suitable for Start-up and small business looking for a prestigious town centre address.
Thomas Whitty House will also house a modern, superbly equipped meeting room available to hire for board meetings and presentations.
For more information and to arrange a viewing please contact Morgan York on 01297 33375.
Axminster Heritage Centre
The successful acquisition of funding has seen the establishment of a Heritage Centre in Axminster move a step closer. Thomas Whitty House in the town centre was bought by Axminster Heritage Ltd in May last year and will eventually become home to an interactive visitor attraction depicting the history of Axminster whilst also incorporating the Tourist Information Centre and the current museum.
In the meantime, monies obtained from Making It Local, a locally managed grants scheme, in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB areas (incorporating funding from the EU, Defra and Leader), together with contributions from the Axe Valley Festival and the Architectural Heritage Fund, whilst not sufficient to complete the project at this stage, will enable plans to be put in place to support the maintenance of the building in the short term. The Trustees are determined that the building should be used for the good of the town and have agreed to convert part of the building into small offices for letting and a Community Room. With increased unemployment in the town the offices will provide a good starting point at a reasonable cost for those looking to set up their own business whilst the Community Room will be an attractive venue for local businesses and societies to hire.
Work will begin on the development shortly and the facilities should be available from early autumn. Anyone interested in taking up office space or setting up a hiring arrangement should contact John Church on 01297 32417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The use of Thomas Whitty House in this way will not only ensure the property is able to be maintained for the future but that it is also put to use for the benefit of the town. The Trustees would like to express their thanks to the benefactors who have pledged monetary support and to the many local people who have supported the project in the past and continue to do so.
Good News - We are there
Axminster Heritage Ltd has been working over the last six years to gather funds to purchase the old Grade 2 listed carpet manufactory in the centre of Axminster.
The aim is to turn the building where Thomas Whitty weaved the first Axminster carpets in the 18th century into a heritage centre incorporating the present town museum and the tourist information centre which, it is hoped, will attract many more visitors to the town.
Pictured above: Axminster Heritage Trustees' chairman John Church signs the contract for the purchase of the former Thomas Whitty carpet factory, watched by fellow trustees Duncan Colvin, Andrew Moulding, Laurence Hitchcock, Julian Shaw and Roger Gillard.
Trustees' chairman John Church said: "We have now purchased the building and we are starting the development with the generous financial assistance of Devon County Council, Making it Local (a locally managed grant scheme in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB incorporating funding from the EU, Defra and Leader, (Axminster Carpets, The Sustainable Development Fund, The Manifold Trust ,The Eyre Trust, Axe Vale Festival, Axminster Power Tools, Axminster Care Service, The Norman Trust and several other local donors.
"The centre will form a unique visitor attraction with a time line of the town from Roman times to the present reflecting the importance of agriculture and in particular the production of wool which will lead on to the spinning, weaving and dyeing of the raw material before it was made into carpets from the middle of the 18th century to the present day.
"The story will be told using videos recorded personal memories and displays of locally made products. Enjoyment, inspiration and education are the messages that we want to pass on.
"We wish to attract family groups, schools and overseas visitors as well as those from the locality.
"Outreach activities with schools and colleges together with temporary displays will be included in our development of this exciting project which will be opening in Spring 2013.
"We would welcome anyone who would be interested in helping this challenging development which has been led by a small group. In particular we need further help with funding if we are to fully develop the building for the use of all the community."
Exhibition Opening Times 2010
exhibition in Thomas Whitty
House - located in Silver Street, Axminster - will be open from Thurday 27th May to Thursday 30th September 2010.
here for full details and opening times
Temporary Town Museum exhibits
The Town Museum has been closed for over a year due to extensive building works. For 2010 there will be temporary Town Museum exhibits in Thomas Whitty House together with a display of paintings and prints with a farming and Axminster theme.
One of the principal artists will be Kate Lynch with paintings and drawings from her new book - SHEEP
- From Lamb to Loom depicting the seasonal life of shepherds in the West Country. WELL WORTH A VISIT!
President of Axminster Heritage
We are delighted and honoured to announce that the Earl of Devon has agreed to
become Honorary President of Axminster Heritage. Shortly after the appointment,
Earl and Countess Devon visited Axminster Carpets and were given a tour of
the factory hosted by Simon and Josh Dutfield.
The photograph shows Sir Neville
Marriner, Patron, the Earl of Devon, Countess Devon, Lady Marriner, Laurence
Hitchcock, Lady Polwarth examining the beauty of the end product with Josh Dutfield
who led the guided tour.
Tracking down possibly the most
famous Axminster carpet of all!
We are trying to track down possibly THE MOST FAMOUS AXMINSTER CARPET OF ALL;
in 1822 the famous Whitty factory produced what must have been one of the most
remarkable carpets ever woven on a hand loom. It measured 74 feet x 52 feet,
so both its size and weight to man handle at that time must have been incredible.
We believe it was made for the Sultan of Turkey and was certainly layed in the
Topkapi Palace in Istanbul; it depicted a blazing sun, the moon and a constellation
of stars. For more information about the carpet, click here to read our full
If anyone has any information or clues as to the whereabouts or even
demise of this wonderful masterpiece could they please contact Fred Wells either
by e-mail on email@example.com or
telephone 0044 (0)1297 33771.
Lady Susan Stern produced a 95 page dissertation for her MA Decorative
Arts and Historic Interiors titled 'Craftsman, Innovator, Entrepreneur: Thomas
Whitty and the English Carpet' which examines the role of Thomas Whitty of Axminster
in the development of the English carpet in the second half of the Eighteenth