Tiverton Travel Guide

  • St Peter's and the River Exe
    St Peter's and the River Exe
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    by leics Updated Jan 6, 2012

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    Two rivers meet at Tiverton (called 'the Venice of Devon' because you must cross a river to get into the town): the tiny River Lowman and the much larger River Exe.

    Walk down through the town centre to the Exe for some lovely views (and swans, and ducks).

    The Exe was extremely important to the town's development, for it not only allowed access by water but also powered the machinery in the town's wool mills.

    Until the 1960s and 70s, when flood prevention measures were put in place, the Exe regularly burst its banks, causing flooding of the western part of the town. It was running fairly high when I visited, even though we have had a very dry year and there had been no recent heavy rain.

    There is a river walk laid out, although I did not have time to explore it. It forms part of a a longer walk through the Exe valley (see link below).

    Towards St Peters Towards Bickleigh
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    This was the first building (on Gold Street) which caught my eye..so obviously very old, and yet with no information about it anywhere to be found.

    I've had to research on the internet to identify it as the chapel associated with the almshouses (behind it) which wre set up by John Greenway, the same John Greenway who paid for the lovely chapel attached to St Peter's.

    The chapel dates from 1520. The almshouses were intended for five poor men, who received 8 pence per week and in return were expected to pray every day for Greenway and his wife. They are still in use, with more added in Victorian times and, indeed, as late as 2004.

    Unfortunately the almshouses are on private land and the chapel is not open to the public. But you can at least see the exterior, and its statues..and can get an insight into how much the road surface has risen since the 1500s if you look at the entrance (now two steps down).

    Greenway chapel Medieval windows Chapel sculpture 1 Chapel sculpture 2 Steps down from modern surface
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    Like many English towns (at least those which have not had their hearts ripped out by 1960s-onwards brutalist concrete and glass), Tiverton has a huge range of architecture on show, from the mid-Medieval onwards.

    Make sure you look up as you wander because modern shop frontages often belie the age of their buildings. Look up and see the windows, and the rooflines, and the twiddles and ornate fiddlinesses added by builders over the centuries as fashions changed.

    Four-square Georgian Victorian red brick Victorian bombast (Town Hall) Window shapes More four-square Georgian
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  • The Hartnoll Hotel

    Bolham, Tiverton, EX16 7RA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Best Western Tiverton Hotel

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  • Travelodge Tiverton

    Sampford Peverell Service Area,Sampford Peverell,

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Acorns Naturist Retreat

    Creacombe Parsonage Farm, Rackenford, Tiverton, EX16 8EL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Brambles Bed and Breakfast

    Whitnage Cottage, Tiverton, EX16 7DS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Quarrymans Rest

    Briton Street, Bampton, Tiverton, EX16 9LN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Blackberries

    19 Fore Street, Tiverton, EX16 9ND, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Bridge Guest House

    The bridge guest house probabley one of the best river views in town,clean room and a good breakfast...

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  • Lodgehill Hotel

    Bickleigh Road, Tiverton, EX16 5PA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

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