In recent years Tiverton Civic Society has developed two town trails which enable visitors to visit many of Tiverton’s most important buildings and to raise awareness about the town’s historic and architectural heritage. Detailed pamphlets, which include maps, are normally available in the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, and these trails are linked to a number of informative and colourful display panels and pavement medallions. Two examples of display panels are shown below and another, located outside St Peter’s Church, can be viewed by clicking ‘Panel4 Final Proof’.
The two trails are:
- The Merchants’ Trail which starts at the former Information Kiosk, now Elsie May’s, in Phoenix Lane, and ends at the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. This is linked to five display panels, including the one shown above, and nine pavement medallions, and it covers much of the town east of the River Exe, including most of the Grade 1 and Grade 2* listed buildings. This leaflet, which will soon be updated, may be downloaded, but is at present unavailable in paper form,
- The West Exe Trail which starts and ends on Exe Bridge. This award-winning trail was opened by Neil Parish M.P. in 2011. It is linked to three display panels and six pavement medallions. It covers much of the town west of the River Exe and it highlights Tiverton’s important textile industry, which dominated employment in the town for hundreds of years and still exists in West Exe. It also includes the Grade 2* Waldron’s Almshouse. The leaflet may be downloaded, but it also available in paper form in the Mid Devon Museum.
On request, Town Walks, led by a member of the Tiverton Civic Society, may be arranged. In addition, guided Town Walks, which anyone interested may join, are advertised during such events as Heritage Open Days.
The booklet for the Exe Valley Way, which passes through Tiverton, can be viewed online, as can information about the cloth trade in Cullompton and the Culm Valley. Three more Tiverton Walks are provided by Pinns. There are fine circular walks at Knightshayes Court and in Buzzards National Trust wood in the Little Dart Valley a short distance to the west of Tiverton: access from Withleigh or West Exe/Seven Crosses. Tiverton is located on the National Cycle Network (West Country Way) and Sustrans provides detailed information including the Tiverton-Bampton route.
The tow path of the Grand Western Canal is very popular for both walking and cycling, and several information panels provide historical information including that illustrated, which is located at the Aqueduct (q.v.)
For enquiries about Town Walks please contact Anne Davies. (Telephone No 01884 254744)
Our society also organises guided visits to places of interest for our members, usually during the summer months.
The main picture shows the Chilcot School on the Merchants’ Trail.
On the right the first picture shows one of the five information panels on the Merchants’ Trail, situated on Angel Hill. The second picture, also from the Merchants’ Trail, shows the panel situated at the top of Phoenix Lane. Click on any part of these images to see a larger view.
The third picture shows a pavement medallion from the Merchants’ Trail which features the merchant’s mark of Samuel Foote, cloth merchant and Tiverton MP. The fourth picture is an information panel on the Grand Western Canal.