Dowrich House in Exeter and Crediton
Local history and tradition
Dowrich House were honoured to host a visit of Michael Lee and his friend Jean this week. Michael Lee is the current owner of the real Dowrich House, situated just outside of Crediton, and home to the Dowrich family for over 500 years. Michael’s family have occupied the house since the 1920s.
The visit was a return match: Mrs Sail, Mr Seaton-Burn and the Headmaster had visited Dowrich House in June 2018 and were given a tour of the house, grounds and the gatehouse - complete with prison cells!
Back to the present day, Michael and Jean attended a house meeting where the pupils presented a round-up of all the house has achieved in the last year. House Captain Holly Maynard welcomed our visitors and presented them with two Exeter School mugs as a souvenir.
Third Formers Phoebe Redfern and Huw Isaac talked about the ways in which the house had helped them to settle in, before Fourth Former Charlie Hill spoke passionately about how he joined Dowrich because he felt the formation of a new house, and the first house named after a woman, was an important historical occasion.
Lower Fifth pupils Adam Norsworthy and Phoebe Jerreat celebrated the fundraising achievements of the House and Middle Fifth Former Barnaby O’Brien brought the meeting to a close with a lively and amusing description of the house competitions we have been involved in this year.
Michael spoke to the house and have invited all pupils to enjoy a picnic at Dowrich House later in the summer: a lovely way to continue our friendship.
Lower Fifth Formers Starr Johnson and Olivia Crowley took Michael and Jean on a tour of the school, at the end of which Michael remarked that he wished he could do his time at school again – a lovely compliment. It was a genuine pleasure to host both Michael and Jean, and it yet furthers the sense of Dowrich House engaging with local history and tradition. We look forward to the picnic!