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Tiverton is one of Devonshire’s largest towns, on the River Exe, and has an excellent shopping centre plus pannier markets three days each week.
A settlement has existed at Tiverton since the 9th century, though the Romans had a fortress here in the 1st century.
Situated on the junction of the Rivers Exe and Lowman, the name is derived from the Saxon “Twyford Ton” meaning “Two Ford Town”.
The area became the centre of Devon’s medieval woollen industry for several centuries until competition from the north of England led to its decline.
The town was saved in 1816 by John Heathcoat, a lace maker who was forced from his factory in Loughborough. Bringing several of his key employees with him, he setup his business in a disused wool mill in the West half of town and taught the redundant wool producers how to make lace.
The factory has been the main employer in Tiverton ever since and has provided lace for several royal weddings, including the present Queen’s, and the net for the late Princess Diana’s veil.
The Roman fortress on the northern edge of the town was partly excavated by local archaeologists in 1985 and the coins and pottery which were found are on display in the Tiverton Museum.
There is also a model of how the gate- house, the part which was excavated, would have looked when the fortress was in use during the 1st century

Overlooking the town is the site of a huge British hill fort called Cranmore Castle. A wooden castle was built on the banks of the Exe in ~106 by the Earl of Devon but none of that building remains. When Hugh de Courtenay inherited in 1293 he rebuilt it in stone.
Many of Tiverton’s other buildings did not survive the terrible fires which ravaged the town in 1598, 1612 and 1731 and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

There are several interesting churches in the town including St George's and St Peter’s, both Grade I listed buildings.
Just north of Tiverton in the village of Bolham is Knightshayes Court country house, owned by the National Trust and open to the public.

Heathcoat’s Factory School was the first factory school in the southwest and has a factory shop. Opposite The Great House is Chilcott’s School, opened in 16 and now occupied by the Mid Devon District Council.

The Grand Western Canal Basin on the south side of the town is one end of the attractive waterway which stretches eleven miles to the East. There are a number of well presented lime kilns and the Grand Western Horse boat Company operates trips from the Basin. A collection of  photographs and tools from the canal at on display at the Museum.
There is a Tourist Information Centre’ Phoenix Lane and a “Town Trail” guide available. The Museum and the Library the Town Hall are both good sources of. information about Tiverton and Mid Devon in general.

Tiverton once a wool centre is a pretty town to visit .The towns buildings include remains of a 14th century castle which was once owned by the Courtnays, the Earl of Devon, the Waldron Almshouse and Greenway's Almshouses, both 16th century and the famous Blundells School, founded in 1604 by a rich local wool merchant.
 
For wonderful food try Mr.Davids  in Tiverton for a good selection of home made lunches served with fresh vegetables and a smile.
 
 
 
Sea fishing at Seaton and Sidmouth. Boats can be hired from the beach at Sidmouth and Beer. The best time for fishing at Seaton is between Sept and Nov for bass. Sidmouth Bay is best in spring and summer. Trout fishing on stretches of the Rivers Exe, Otter and Sid. Coarse fing on the Exeter Canal.

In Sidmouth Bay and at Beer.

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