Elizabeth Fortescue



Born in wartime home counties  on the 2nd March 1943, Elizabeth started her working life as a promising  designer working in an architects office for 2 years then gaining a place at the  much sought after Architectural Association in Bedford Square, London. After studying there for 2 years she married Tom Fortescue in 1962 and started a family.


Elizabeth had a flair for all the arts, which included her much-admired vivid painting,  printing and musical talent, playing for a number of years with the Newbury String Orchestra.


In 1984 the family moved down to Wootton Fitzpaine in Dorset and it was here that I experienced her brilliant organising abilities when she took over the running of the Pass Housing Association.


Elizabeth’s architectural skills were put to good use on the co-operative Pass Housing Association, established by Tom’s grandmother circa 1970. Elizabeth’s ability to run a meeting was a revelation, and I was privileged to be engaged as their architect. The Pass Housing Association, is a lasting legacy to Elizabeth’s organising abilities.


These qualities were again apparent when her generous assistance was given in helping to set up the Town Mill Arts  Guild at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis. The Town Mill Trust is indebted to her for this contribution, and ensuring that her legacy of supporting the local arts scene at the Mill is as important and enduring as ever, giving artists the chance to exhibit in professionally run galleries.


My lasting memory of Elizabeth was  her brilliant wit and sunny disposition, always leaving one in a better place.


Elizabeth died in June 2019 and the Town Mill Trust would like to send their sincere condolences to her family


David Highet

1st August 2019