Totnes  Devon


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Totnes like this:

Totnes, muu. bor., market town, and par., Devon, on river Dart, 22 miles SW. of Exeter and 223 miles from London by rail - par., 1043 ac., pop. 3525; bor. (including alar, Bridgetown, in Berry Pomeroy par.), 1405 ac., pop. 4089; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Totnes dates from very ancient times, and has aspects of antiquity in many of its houses. ...

It has, besides the keep of the Norman castle built at the Conquest, two gateways of the old walls, a quaint guild hall, a fine church rebuilt in the 15th century, and a grammar school founded in 1554. A handsome bridge of three arches over the Dart connects Totnes proper with Bridgetown. In the square is a monument of William John Wills, the Australian explorer, who was a native of Totnes. There is a considerable fishery, but there is little trade beyond the importation of coal. Totnes was incorporated by King John, and sent 2 members to Parliament from the time of Edward I. until 1867.

Totnes through time

Totnes is now part of South Hams district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Hams has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Totnes itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Totnes, in South Hams and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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