"I say, "Tear it Down!!"" Cockington Tourist Trap Tip by johngayton

Cockington Tourist Traps: 1 reviews and 1 photos

by johngayton

Recently completed (2011) at a cost of about 3 million pounds is the Seachange Art and Craft Centre in the grounds of the manor house. This is "aimed at protecting and nurturing our heritage and culture for the residents of and visitors to the Bay attracting higher-spending consumers into the area, whilst also creating jobs for creative business people" (to quote the website).

OK there are several interesting artisans now in residence, such as Paul Tout's handmade furniture workshop and Tony Fagan's chocolaterie but the buildings they are housed in are ludicrously incongruous when compared to the rest of the village and the other outbuildings within the estate.

I suppose the trendily modern workspaces are at the cutting edge of environmental friendliness with their use of sustainable timber and energy efficient design but compared to the Stableyard, which is the estate's other Craft Centre housed in the 17th century stables, these new ones are a visual abomination.

This initiative was implemented by the commercially-motivated Torbay Development Agency, as opposed to the more conservation-concerned Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. The TDA's website makes all the right noises but the final result just doesn't work for me - http://www.torbaydevelopmentagency.co.uk/projects/torquay-projects/cockington-court-craft-centre


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  • Updated Sep 6, 2013
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