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  • Totnes parking

    by sidewaysglance Written Feb 24, 2013

    Favorite thing: We were put off Totnes by the misleading parking signage which cost us £35 for a 2-hour visit - if you go there by car, stick to the expensive pay and display car parks and don't risk parking on the road even well away from the centre with no 'residents only' or other signage.

    Fondest memory: Nothing - not going back there again - they don't seem to want visitors, in my experience.

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    The Guildhall And Butterwalk

    by johngayton Written Sep 12, 2012
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    Favorite thing: A couple of other interesting buildings are the Guildhall and Butterwalk, on Ramparts Walk in the shadow of the church. The Guildhall dates from 1553 when King Edward VI granted the use of the former Benedictine priory (thought to have been established in 1088) to the borough council. The building is still used for council meetings and is open to the public at other times.

    The Butterwalk is roughly contemporary with the establishment of the Guildhall and was the sheltered dairy market.

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    The Iconic East Gate Arch

    by johngayton Written Sep 12, 2012

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    View From Fore Street

    Favorite thing: In a town full of interesting buildings the East Gate Arch still stands out. The original gate dates back to the early 16th century when Totnes was a walled borough and was the main entranceway coming up from the port.

    The clock and upper level is obviously a later addition with the arch having become the delineating feature marking the end of Fore Street and the start of the High Street. The clock was installed by the town council in 1879 when they leased this part of the building from the Duke of Somerset.

    In September 1990 the stucture, along with a couple of neighbouring buildings, was devasted by a fire which threatened to engulf the whole town centre. Fire crews from all over Devon were called in but by the time they had the blaze under control all that was left of the East Gate was the stone shell.

    Fortunately the building was insured and this covered the cost of recreating it using, as far as possible, traditional materials and techniques: a process which took almost two years.

    For an account of the fire, with pictures and videos, check out the link below:

    Fondest memory: http://totnesfirestation.weebly.com/the-east-gate-arch-fire.html

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    Markets

    by freya_heaven Updated Jul 22, 2004

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    Tudor Dancers

    Fondest memory: The Elizabethan market is every Tuesday, in the summer they have various events which take place on these days. Last Tuesday the Tudor Dancers were doing displays & also their was a visiting Town Cryer.

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