Saturday, 20 March 2010


The ancient stannary town of Chagford is a small town situated on the north east edge of Dartmoor.
The name Chagford is derived from two words : 'Chag' , meaning gorse or broom and 'Ford', which indicates its importance as a crossing place on the River Teign.
The octagonal market house, in the town square, is locally known as the 'Pepper pot'.
The Stannary Court would meet here twice yearly to levy the tax on the smelted metal, brought in by the tinners.

We had a wander around Chagford earlier today.
It's an attractive little town with a thriving community.

There are some interesting houses...

...along with some quaint little shops and cafes .
Finally, if you do get to Chagford, you cannot fail to be impressed by the two very famous hardware which we could have spent all day!
I do hope that your day was as....
as ours!


Lyn said...

Lovely post, I have never been but it looks like my sort of place!

KC'sCourt! said...

I have never been to Chaford, well at least I don't think I have but..."the Pepper Pot" looks a bit like Dunster Yarn Market - Somerset! (

galant said...

It's ages since we've been to Chaggy! Must go in the summer. We have friends who live close by in a converted barn with glorious views towards Castle Drogo (National Trust.) The two shops you mention, which are famous ... the late Sir John Harvey Jones (who was once Chairman of ICI) once said of one of them that he wanted a part for, if I remember correctly, his Swiss Army Knife and this was the place he found it ... they sell just about everything! There is even a small museum at the very back of this very long and twisty shop, showing all kinds of bygone artefacts ... just the thing for lovers of everthing vintage, but without anything Cath Kidston, cup cakey or flowery in sight!
Margaret P

Linda Gilbert said...

Hi Sal. No train today then. I loev Chagford especially at Christmas time. I am very impressed their are no pictures of the pub.
Have a lovely weekend
Love Linda

Sal said...

Ah you might think that .

However, as we walked around, I remarked that they had everything...and then I said to Terry, 'I bet I'll even find some CK in a minute...!'
Blow me if I didn't go and find some CK mugs!!

Rosie said...

I've really enjoyed my introduction to Chagford - its looks a lovely place:)

Pooh's Abode said...

I've never been there but it looks a super little town. The 'Pepper Pot' is really different - must try and get there some day


frayedattheedge said...

another oje to add to the 'places to visit' list - thanks for the tour!

All things nice... said...

Oh Chagford looks so pretty and quaint, the kind of place I'd love to wander around. I love the square with the pepper pots, they are so unique, what wonderful architecture. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend.

All things nice...

BusyLizzie said...

What a lovely place it is. I am doing the rag market there in a few weeks time.. so really looking forward to visiting there again! xx

Lalabibaby said...

Chagford looks so quaint and I love the pepper pot ..... wish we had such picturesque places round here .... thanks for sharing Sal x

Kathy said...

What a lovely village - I've never heard of it before, so thankyou for showing me round!
I love the Pepper Pot building!
Love kathy xxx

Ellouise88 said...

The last time I went to Chagford my brakes failed on my car and a lovely man at the local garage helped me sort it out! Not the best place in the world to have no means of stopping! My Dad used to stay there a lot with relatives and he always used to talk about a local rivalry between the 'Chafgord Chuggy Pigs' and the 'Moreton Roundheads' (from Moretonhamstead presumably)!!!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Ooh Chagford, not the greatest name, but it looks really charmimg, thanks Sal, we shall try and do Chagford forthwith!

Sarah x

Andi's English Attic said...

Thanks for the tour. It looks very pretty.
The Pepper Pot reminds me of A La Ronde in Exmouth. Have you been there? It's now been taken over by the NT, but years ago we were shown around by a member of the family before the takeover. It was fascinating. An NT tour years later made me realise just how personal and special our first trip had been. The atmosphere had gone as the guide took us around. xx

Josie-Mary said...

Do you know I can't remember ever going that where Anna used to live?
Looks lovely :)

Julie said...

looks lovely. I've only ever driven through it on the way to visit friends, but will make a point of stopping off - the cafe there is supposed to be fabulous (so I've heard). Am hoping to do a yoga course near Chagford in the summer, so will try to take a look around then! Glad you had such a good day

Kelly said...

Looks gorgeous! Well worth a visit!

hensteeth said...

Hi Sal...I only know the name Chagford because as you know, Michele loves it so much there. So hopefully one day we shall visit. Thank you for posting, it was good to see.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lovely little place ... :0)

Shirl x

Cowboys and Custard said... lovely to see Chagford through your eyes Sal. As you know we lost our hearts to this place some years ago and dream of moving there..
Maybe.. we shall see.
I am glad you had a good day out and now I am wondering which pub it was that you frequented.
The hardware store is the finest I have ever set foot in.. could spend many happy hours in there..
Michele x

Menopausal musing said...

Isn't that "Pepperpot" building just gorgeous?

I would love to rummage round a decent, old fashioned "we stock everything" hardware shop....

all kinds of everything said...

That is a nice place, with beautiful flowers!
I just wanted to thank you for sharing the blog link to Buslte and sew. I found a new 20 minuters project:)