News from 50 years ago from the TEIGNMOUTH POST AND GAZETTE No 4713  Friday,  June 2,  1972

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Details of a £2 million scheme to build a luxury hotel only a few feet from the River Teign at Shaldon were revealed last week. Developers want to demolish the Dolphin Court flats near Shaldon Bridge and build a 100-bedroom hotel, with conference room, restaurant, bars and a night club, with a starlight grill room overlooking the river, and a roof garden. There would also be an adjoining boat marina. It would be one of the biggest in Devon, and possibly the only one to be purpose-built in the Exeter and the South Devon area for many years.

Mr John Randall, a millionaire retired fur and skin trader, who owns Dolphin Court, had been approached by a London finance company over a year ago. Interest was revived last week when he paid £20,500 at auction for ‘Seagulls’, a small bungalow adjoining Dolphin Court. This brought the total frontage in Mr Randall’s ownership to 445 feet, and he is now actively negotiating for the sale of the whole site.


When the new sewage works comes into operation, no sludge will enter the river, and the water discharged from the plant will be of a higher standard than the river itself. The surplus sludge which was produced as part of the treatment would be taken away for disposal on land.

This was good news, given by Mr C F Ricketts, of Messrs Lemon and Blizard, to the Urban Council. It was now recommended that the storage tank of seven days summer capacity should be constructed as originally proposed, and the scheme would have the capacity to take sewage from Bishopsteignton. Mr Ronald Doel remarked: ‘From the conservation point of view, I think this is marvellous news.’

The report from Messrs Lemon and Blizard also recommended the repair and replacement of defective foul and surface water sewers in Hollands Road and at the foot of Myrtle Hill, over a length of 87 metres, at an estimated cost of £7,200.


Collegio Santa Maria del Mar, La Coruna, Spain, one of the foremost educational centres in the north of Spain, is bringing a party of Spanish students to Teignmouth on a six-week English language course.  It is the intention of the modern language department to give the students an inner knowledge of the customs and traditions of the United Kingdom, through a complete integration of the students in normal life, and have chosen Teignmouth for its ideal situation for such a plan.


Burn not your fingers to snuff another man’s candle. Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. In some marriages, problems are all relative. Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind.


Dear Sir, I refer to the statement made by the treasurer to Teignmouth UDC, stating that there will be a £26,000 surplus, arising from the sale of land at the Rowdens. It is noted that a certain councillor would like to see this money put towards the new swimming pool, but surely it would be a very laudable gesture if the councillors could make a gift to the Teignmouth Boxing Club, as many thousand pounds must be needed to renovate, repair and equip their headquarters at the Lyceum building.

Tom Moyle, 217 Kingsway.


Steptoe & Son; Up and Away; The Devils; The Three Stooges Meet Hercules.

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