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Shire Horse Centre, Devon

Shire Horse Centre, Devon

A look inside the former Shire Horse Centre, Once a major tourist attraction in Devon

Visited June 2009 Yealmpton, UK Under Construction

 

Former Free Fall Slide - Many memories of people who visited here will be this slide
Former Free Fall Slide – Many memories of people who visited here will be this slide

The site was originally part of a working farm since the late 1800s

Tony Flower established the National Shire Horse Centre in 1978 and quickly built it up into one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, visited by more than 300,000 people every year.

Falconry area with nature slowly taking over this space
Falconry area with nature slowly taking over this space

Mr Flower’s aim was to let the public see traditional farming methods at close quarters, and he used the horses to gather oats and hay on the 60-acre park.

At its peak the centre employed 100 people, opening summer and winter, and having an annual turnover of £1million, but in 1989 it went into receivership.

Its plans for expansion had been rejected by the local authority, and as the recession bit, visitor numbers declined.

The centre was sold off to the Hockin family for £430,000 and eventually closed its doors in 2000

Stables where the horses were kept. The horses were auctioned off when shc closed down
Stables where the horses were kept. The horses were auctioned off when shc closed down
Mulveys - This was the bar and restaurant area
Mulveys – This was the bar and restaurant area
Inside Mulveys which would of hosted hundreds of people daily
Inside Mulveys which would of hosted hundreds of people daily
This building hosted a museum and stables
This building hosted a museum and stables
This was the former shire horse centre ban which has been stripped for parts
This was the former shire horse centre ban which has been stripped for parts
Inside the visitors centre which was later used as a film set for
Inside the visitors centre which was later used as a film set for “holy water”

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