Recent News


Tiverton Town Leat and Coggans Well.

A number of people have contacted us about the lack of water supply to the Town Leat and Coggans Well, caused by a major leak near Chevithorne. The leat is an important part of Tiverton’s heritage and repairs are urgently required. If you share these concerns please contact your local councillors and Steve Densham, Development Services Manager at Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House.

Catherine Marlow – Tiverton’s Conservation Officer

Catherine Marlow has been appointed as Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas for Historic England and left Mid Devon District Council on January 25th. We congratulate her on her new post, but will miss her. She has been an excellent Conservation Officer for the past eighteen years and she has achieved much – even though her recommendations have often been overruled by the Planning Committee!

WEA Spring 2018 Programme

The new programme has now been published.Spring 18 Leaflet

Tiverton Museum Exhibition & Talks

The museum starts the new year with a temporary exhibition examining the legacies of British Slave Ownership with an exhibition that has been organised by the University College London in partnership with Devon Development Education. Tiverton Museum has added in the results of its own research into local links with the slave trade. The exhibition opens on 5 February and run until 24 March.

Two linked talks are being offered by the Museum at Tiverton Town Hall, 7 30pm:

Thurs 22 Feb. Lucy MacKeith will talk on “Legacies of British Slave Ownership and Devon’s Involvement”.

Thurs 22 Mar. Mike Sampson will talk on “Mid Devon’s Links to the Slave Trade”

Booking is recommended and tickets (£5 per talk or £8 for both) can be obtained from the Museum. More information at

Following the TCS meeting in November members will be very pleased to learn that the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded the Museum a grant of £58,700 for ‘Attracting our Audiences, Securing our Future’. Thank you to Civic Society 

Jonno Keates

Jonno Keates, who spoke at our September meeting, has been awarded the Order of the Star of Italy . This is a prestigious honour awarded by the Italian President to foreign nationals ‘who have contributed to the preservation of and promotion of the Italian language, volunteering, charitable and philanthropic activities, participation in community life of our communities abroad, the scientific and technological research, the pastoral missions, commercial enterprises, the promotion of Italian food and wine and service to our country men.’
He was presented with the Order at the Embassy by the Ambassador. His citation is personally signed by the President.

Tiverton Eastern Extension Area B

The MDDC Cabinet discussed detailed proposals for Area B at their meeting at Phoenix House at 2.15 pm on Thursday, 26th October .

At the meeting it was resolved:

‘That in the event of significant delay in the highway connection being formed with Area A and subject to acceptable planning impacts, alternative access arrangements can be considered (that do not include Mayfair &/or the Manley Lane/Post Hill junction)‘.

Letter re Cabinet report 8.11.17 gives full details.

Our Comment. ‘The only practical alternative access from the Tiverton – Halberton road would be through the north-west corner of Hartnoll Farm, close to the Hartnoll Business Centre, and then across Manley Lane into Area B. Such an access road could, as a ‘ransom strip’, not only be very costly, potentially reducing funding available for the second stage of the A361 junction, but it would also be outside the Allocated Area for development in the emerging Local Plan 2013 – 2033, within the parish of Halberton, and on Grade 1 Agricultural Land. Worse still, it would constitute an ‘own goal’ for the Planning Department because it would provide infrastructure which would encourage piecemeal, unregulated, residential development, which they state they are trying to avoid, at that part of Hartnoll Farm for which Waddeton Park have already taken out an option’.

Access to Area B through Area A must remain the only option!

Unveiling of Plaque to Private Thomas Sage VC on October 4th

Members of the Sage family are shown in the photograph, taken at the unveiling ceremony. A video of the ceremony is available.IMG_1471

Conservation Areas

Historic England have mounted a campaign to celebrate 50 years of Conservation Areas in England. They have highlighted six examples of ‘amazing conservation areas’, including  the Tiverton  Conservation Area, after a submission by this Society! Nevertheless this area remains classified as ‘Heritage at Risk’.

See the latest Historic England findings about ‘Heritage at Risk’.

Call For Greater Protection for Historic Buildings

The Architects Journal have written a thoughtful article about the wanton destruction of a rare 17th century ceiling in Bristol, calling for greater protection for features in unlisted buildings.

Tiverton EUE New A361 Junction Phase 1

Griffiths, the civil engineering and construction company responsible for constructing the left in/left out junction, have issued an information leaflet, and many local residents will have received a copy. See also the company’s You Tube video.

Campaign to Protect Rural England Devon.

The CPRE Devon Spring Newsletter, which includes items about proposed developments at M5 Junction 27 (Sampford Peverell) and Junction 28 (Cullompton), is now available.

Civic Voice Anniversary

Civic Voice celebrated its seventh anniversary on April 17th.

A short video, ‘Civic Voice: Shaping the Future for the Better’, discusses the aims, importance and achievements of the organisation.

Campaign to Protect Rural England

CPRE Devon have produced a very interesting short film.

CPRE have also released a short video outlining their achievements in 2016: ‘Standing up for the Countryside’

Housing White Paper

We fully support Civic Voice’s views about the need for more housing, the importance of speeding up delivery and their cautious support for the Housing White Paper.

Visitors to this Website

In 2017 there were 2174 visitors to this website, and 4380 views, the Listed Buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments Page being easily  the most popular, with a large increase in those viewing the War Memorials section. The most common visitors were from the United Kingdom (89%), USA, Canada and Australia. (There were 3037 views in 2016 and 2313 views in 2015). The largest number of views on a single day was 164 (93 visitors) on February 6th 2018, of which 124 views were of  the ‘Listed Buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments’ Page.

Tiverton Floods in 1960flood-a3-2

Following the fine presentation by Ian Hunter and Chris Khan from The Environment Agency on Tuesday, October 25th 2017, they kindly sent an extensive collection of photographs of the dramatic 1960 floods in Tiverton. These will be found here:1960-flooding-in-tiverton-f in a downloadable zip file  Ian and Chris would, on request, be very happy to provide photographs for other locations

Planning Committee on 29th March 2017 – see the Archives Page

Pictures accompanying the article on John Heathcoat in the November 2016 Newsletter – see the Archives Page

Oil Paintings in Tiverton Town Hall – see the Archives Page

Flood Risk – see the Archives Page.

Diesel Emissions – see the Archives Page.

J.D.Salinger in Tiverton – see the Archives Page.