A former resting place for kings, queens, princes and princesses, Grade I-listed Old Forde House in Newton Abbot is set to continue its royal tradition with a visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne this October.
The Princess Royal will be visiting the historic 16th century building on Wednesday 20 October 20 as part of its 400th birthday celebration. She is expected to spend an hour at the house in the company of Teignbridge Council’s chairman Cllr Stephen Purser, who will introduce Her Royal Highness to many of the council staff, partners and customers that help make Teignbridge special.
On the day Her Royal Highness will meet local historian Michael Martyn, who will explain the history of the House; students from the Pluss Organisation, which provides job opportunities for adults with learning difficulties; students from Wolborough Primary School and Stover School Choir; former world BMX champion Kye Forte, who will talk about his work alongside the council to create an extreme sports facility at Decoy Country Park; local housing association representatives and tenants; local artist Heather Jansch, who will be displaying life-size horse sculptures on the House’s lawn; local sports volunteers; and representatives from the Making Amends Project, a local reparation project for young offenders. The Princess Royal will conclude the visit by unveiling a plaque to celebrate the House’s 400th anniversary and signing the official visitors’ book.