Topsham has a rich inheritance of townscape in a uniquely scenic setting, but in the early 1960’s the Town had entered a period described at the time as ‘a period of genteel decline’. Several attractive buildings were in danger of being cleared or redeveloped in less than sympathetic ways. In response to this challenge, a group of people who cared about the historic character and built environment of the Town and wished to maintain and improve it for the future formed The Topsham Society.
Today we have around 300 members who pay a small annual fee and elect a committee to look after our main areas of interest. These include planning and architectural quality, and the preservation and improvement of features of historic or public interest. The Committee represents a wide area of Topsham interests and keeps in touch with members by monthly items in the Estuary magazine and a bi-annual newsletter. We also work in close liaison with the Topsham Community Association and the Topsham Museum Society, and there is overlapping committee membership between our organisations.
The objectives of the Society are:
- To promote high standards of planning and architecture in Topsham.
- To inform the public of the geography, history, natural history and architecture of Topsham.
- To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Topsham.
Topsham in this context includes Topsham and its surroundings.
The Society is not obliged to deliver against all of the objectives, but as a registered charity is restricted by law to undertake only activities which fall within its objectives.