Sidmouth’s Royal Connections.
An illustrated talk by Dr. Nigel Hyman on Thursday, 4th May, 2023 at 7pm in The Devon Rural Archive.
In the winter of 1819-20 the Duke and Duchess of Kent along with their infant daughter, the future Queen Victoria, stayed at Woolbrook Glen (now the Royal Glen Hotel) in Sidmouth. The story of their stay is well known, not only because the infant was nearly shot by accident but also because on this visit the Duke was taken ill and died of pneumonia. Even so the royal connections with the town endured and many of Victoria’s family continued to visit. For this talk Nigel Hyman will discuss the surprising, comic and sometimes sad stories behind the Royal family’s association with Sidmouth from 1790 to the present time. This will include references to the Queen’s window, the double-headed Eagle, Grimm’s fairy tales, a German doll that featured on Antiques Roadshow and much more.
Dr. Nigel Hyman is a retired consultant neurologist and has lived in Sidmouth for nearly 20 years. He is a Trustee of the Sid Vale Association which runs Sidmouth Museum where he was Curator from 2015 – 2019. Through his work with the museum Nigel leads walks around the town, gives talks and researches the history of the town. He has written several books about Sidmouth including its people and places and its literary connections.
Image: View of Sidmouth from the DRA Image Bank.
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