Duke and earl support residents over Knowle plans


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A duke and an earl have offered their support to Sidmouth residents after hearing of plans to redevelop Knowle.

A Connaught Close resident wrote to the Duke of Marlborough and Earl Spencer believing that their ancestors had built one of the first houses on the site.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that she realised they couldn’t do anything - but thought they should know what is planned.

The Duke of Marlborough replied from Blenheim Palace, saying: “I am sorry to hear that the local council is proposing selling the beautiful grounds for housing, and hope the residents are successful in their appeal to keep the park for people to enjoy.”

He also suggested writing to Charles Spencer as he is a direct descendant of Lord Spencer.

Earl Spencer’s personal assistant wrote: “The information regarding the situation at Knowle has been noted and thank you for taking the time and trouble to write to inform the Spencer family.”

The woman said a plaque commemorating Lord Spencer’s role at Knowle, which is currently in East Devon District Council’s offices, will be moved to Sidmouth Museum.