A Rare Treat at Bucks Mills

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We had a wonderful day down at Bucks Mills Cabin last Saturday with a great turn out of people, many of which had made a special effort to see the modest retreat of the renowned artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards.

This is a small, yet charming building, set on the cliff overlooking breath taking scenery. I love this place!  The building itself has plenty to keep you interested. A time capsule from the 1920’s to the early 70’s it provides an intimate insight into the lives of these two strong and inspiring women.

Much of their artwork is held at the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, along with the diaries of Mary Stella Edwards, providing a comprehensive snapshot of life spent at Bucks Mills and completing an inspirational story of two pioneering women of their time.

The National Trust took ownership of Bucks Mills Cabin in 2008 and will continue to preserve it.  To allow the public to enjoy the building we have a number of open days throughout the year. We were also part of Art trek this year and welcome local artists to use the Cabin and surrounding area as inspiration for their work through short term residencies. This often provides further opportunities for the general public to see inside this special place.

Thank you to Gill Grove for providing the lovely black and white photos from Bucks Mills.

Gregg Wilson

Torridge Ranger

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