For centuries the religeous hub of Tiverton's community was St Peter's Church and indeed the church still performs an important role within the town today performing many functions including serving as the site for the town’s celebrations of Remembrance Day and Mayor’s Sunday.
Tiverton is a market town in Mid Devon located on the confluence of two rivers—the Exe and the Lowman. In Saxon times a village called Twyfiride (two fords) existed on the site of the current town centre, so shaping the layout of the town as we see it today and providing important trade routes for the wool industry. Later a number of key figures, involved in the wool and textile trade, contributed to the town's prosperity. Today Tiverton serves as the commercial and administrative centre of the Mid Devon district.
The image above shows the seal of the town of Tiverton (displayed at the Pannier Market) overlaid on a photo of the River Exe. The seal depicts Tiverton Castle and church above the town, together with the bridges over the River Lowman and River Exe, either side of a woolpack. The legend reads 'SIGILVM OPPIDI DE TYVERTON' which quite literally means 'The seal of the town of Tiverton'.
Another trade route serving the town was the Grand Western Canal or Tiverton Canal as it's known locally. The Tiverton section was opened in 1814 but its usefullness was short lived with the advent of the railway, which reached the town in 1848. Today the area is a country park and home to the Tiverton Canbal Co. owner to one of the last Horse-Drawn Barges in Great Britain.
In the past Tiverton's rich benefactors built almshouses to house the poor. These almshouses were all designed to provide accommodation for local people in need, and many of them are still in use today. Historic examples exist in the town including Greenway Almshouse and Slee's Almshouses. In 1972, the Tiverton Almshouse Trust was established to manage all of the almshouses in the town.
In addition to its historical attractions, Tiverton also has a vibrant modern culture. The town has a good range of shops, restaurants, and pubs, and there is always something happening, from festivals and events to concerts and exhibitions.
Tiverton is also a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Exmoor National Park is just a short drive away, and there are many other beautiful places to visit, such as the Blackdown Hills and Dartmoor National Park.
Whether you are interested in history, heritage, culture, or the outdoors, Tiverton has something to offer everyone.
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Tiverton Road Trip from Stonehenge
Another of our quirky little websites charts a road journey from the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge to the cathedral city of Exeter via the historic market town of Tiverton as a stop-off point.