Towns and Villages

Towns and Villages

Tiverton Towns and Villages

When you visit Tiverton, Devon, you will find many interesting towns and villages to explore in the nearby areas.

On this section, we have included some useful information to help you plan your trip.

Loxbeare

Loxbeare is located within Mid Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Tiverton Hundred. It falls within Tiverton Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 132 in 1801 100 in 1901.

Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. In 1641/2 37 adult males signed the Protestation returns. A parish history file is held in Tiverton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Washfield

Washfield is located within Mid Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of West Budleigh Hundred. It falls within Tiverton Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 422 in 1801 332 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. In 1641/2 157 adult males signed the Protestation returns.

A parish history file is held in Tiverton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Stoodleigh

Stoodleigh is located within Mid Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Witheridge Hundred. It falls within Tiverton Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 355 in 1801 381 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. In 1641/2 77 adult males signed the Protestation returns.

A parish history file is held in Tiverton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Bickleigh

Bickleigh (Tiverton) is located within Mid Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Hayridge Hundred. It falls within Tiverton Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 297 in 1801 207 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. In 1641/2 83 adult males signed the Protestation returns.

A parish history file is held in Tiverton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Sampford Peverell

Sampford Peverell is located within Mid Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Halberton Hundred. It falls within Cullompton Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 763 in 1801 612 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. The lay subsidy of 1524 valued the community at £05/00/04. In 1641/2 210 adult males signed the Protestation returns. It is recorded as a borough from 1300. A market is recorded from 14 cent..

A parish history file is held in Tiverton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Cullompton

The Parish of Cullompton extends some seven miles along the valley of the River Culm, covering nearly 8000 acres, with about 8000 inhabitants. Columtune was probably a Saxon settlement. The Saxon word 'tun' means town or settlement. Columtune simply means the town on the Culm.

Cullompton was visited by various sections of the troops during the Civil Wars. His Majesty with soldiers were here on 20 September 1644 , and on 12 October 1645 , Sir Tomas Fairfax marched from Honiton to Cullompton. On 5 November 1688 , the Prince of Orange landed at Brixham with 6000 horses and 10,000 foot soldiers. He advanced northwards leaving a small force at Tiverton, Honiton and Cullompton.

In 1745, Thomas Bilbie moved to Cullompton and established a bell foundry in 1746 in Shortlands Lane . Relatives of his lived at Veryards, next to the Manor House. The Bilbies were a Somerset family and famous bellfounders throughout the Westcountry. The Bilbie family cast 400 or so bells at the Cullompton bell-foundry including a peal of eight bells for St Andrew's Church. The business continued until 1815 when Thomas Castleman Bilbie (grandson of Thomas Bilbie) sold the business to a local tinman named William Pannell who moved the foundry to his house in the new Cut. His son Charles Pannell later moved the business to Exeter in 1850.

There are several other denominations in Cullompton. The Wesleyan body was formed between 1740 and 1750. John Wesley preached 'in a little meadow near the town' and at the end of New Street a year later, as recorded in his journal of 9 September 1748 . The Baptists were probably established about 1700. In 1743 a meeting place was erected where the present one now stands. The Quakers had a meeting house in 1837. The Brethren met in Higher Street for six years until they moved to their meeting house in Fore Street in 1870. The Roman catholic formerly met at the rear of the Walronds. The present church was built in 1929, the gift of the de Las Casas family who lived in Bolealler.

In 1816 two schoolrooms were built on the site of the car park in Gravel Walk, one for poor boys and one for poor girls. In 1872 a new school (pictured) was built on the site of the Magistrate's Court at a cost of £2,315. It was later modernised and used as a Secondary Modern School until 1964 when it was knocked down. The new Secondary Modern School was opened in September 1964.

Cullompton also had a large number of charities applicable to many and varied purposes dating back to 1624.In 1921 the Cullompton United Charities was set up and the funds of the charities pooled.

There have been a number of fires in the town over the years. In 1725 there was a fire in the belfry in the church. In 1839 a fire at the 'Boot Inn' opposite the end of New Street caused some 260 cottages in New Street , Crow Green and the Lower Bull Ring to be burnt. In the 18th century the parish possessed two fire engines, both kept in the south porch in the church.

Cadeleigh

Cadeleigh is located within Mid Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Hayridge Hundred. It falls within Tiverton Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 226 in 1801 228 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. In 1641/2 102 adult males signed the Protestation returns.

A parish history file is held in Tiverton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Willand

Willand is located within Mid Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Halberton Hundred. It falls within Cullompton Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 255 in 1801 418 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. In 1641/2 91 adult males signed the Protestation returns.

A parish history file is held in Cullompton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Bampton

Bampton a village in Devon close to the south east corner of Exmoor and on the River Batherm, a tributary of the River Exe. It is about 10 km north of Tiverton. Its history is thought to have started with a Roman fort but it is Saxon remains that are most easily seen. Some hedges conform to the Saxon furrow measure of 625 feet (later it became a furlong) and traces of their strip farming can be seen to the north east of the castle mound, the remnant of an 11th century Norman castle built on earlier Saxon fortifications. The circular churchyard is also Saxon in origin.

Now Bampton has nearly 100 listed buildings including the Grade 1 listed church whose tower dates from the 13th century. Parts of the vicarage are said to date from the middle of the 15th century and the Exeter Inn on the edge of the town was originally a farmhouse built in 1495. Because the town was caught up in the English Civil War in 1695 when Royalist from Tiverton Castle burnt the town, few buildings earlier than the 17th century survive.

Rackenford

Rackenford is a small rural community in North Devon sitting on the edge of Exmoor between the market towns of South Molton and Tiverton. 30 minutes drive from great surfing on the north coast. With less that 300 people on its electoral roll it is one of the few small communities left that still supports a primary school, shop / post office, church and two hostelries. The majority of its economy comes from agriculture and tourism.

 

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