Saturday, 18 September 2010


Yesterday afternoon, we nipped over to Chudleigh, a little town which is ten minutes from where we live.

We quite like Chudleigh because it has everything one needs for day to day living...
a bakers, a butchers, a chemist, a post office, a library and the greenest grocers in the land...

And on top of or two watering holes, a couple of charity shops, a junk shop, gift shop, art shop, some very nice b&b places to's one of them...

And there's Pottery Court ,which is a quaint little court where you'll find a variety of interesting units, in particular Nicky and her rabbits, bears etc.

Sadly, Nicky was nowhere to be seen yesterday but that did not stop me from taking a peep!

Chudleigh also has very a fascinating and diverse history.

There are caves in Chudleigh, where prehistoric remains have been found.
An iron age hill fort overlooks the town and this would have been inhabited by Celts.

The town's origin is Saxon and it is thought that a Saxon church once stood on the site of the present church.

In 1309, a charter was granted by King Edward 11, allowing a weekly market and an annual fair to be held.
Chudleigh grew in importance due to its production of wool.

But then, in 1807 a disaster hit the town...FIRE!

Two thirds of the town was burned down.
The then Lord Clifford of the Ugbrooke Estate, headed a committee which saw the town rebuilt by 1811.
The advent of the Industrial Revolution, meant that the woollen industry declined but
because Chudleigh was on the main coaching route to Exeter , ale houses and post houses opened up and this kept the town alive...until the coming of the railway.

When the railway eventually closed in 1958, there was massive disruption as traffic was very busy in the town, the main road being the A38, which passed right through the middle of Chudleigh.
(Photo from Disused Stations)

A badly needed by-pass was built in 1973 ,which restored Chudleigh to normality.
Nothing remains of Chudleigh railway station ...the new A38 passes right through where the station would have been.

Chudleigh has now doubled in size as it is a very desirable place to live being so close to the A38, M5 giving easy access to Exeter and beyond...and Plymouth.

So that's a snapshot of Chudleigh!

Have a lovely weekend , everyone!



Andi's English Attic said...

Thanks for that tour, it looks a very sweet place.
I once knew a man whose brother was called Chudleigh - as a first name. Probably a family name or maybe he was conceived there, who knows!

KC'sCourt! said...

Thanks for more lovely pictures of Devon. I really miss living there and I miss South Devon and regualr visits to Dittisham and Dartmout
Julie xxxxxxx

The Little Vintage Company said...

Interesting history... I like the small towns that have everything in them!
Tamzin X

galant said...

It's years since I was in Chudleigh and it's only a short distance from where we live ... must go there for a look-see soon!
Margaret P

Anonymous said...

I recognised the Vintage Magpie - I'd love to visit one day! There are plans to reinstate the railway line from Edinburgh (it fell to Dr Beeching's axe) but it won't come all the way to Hawick, as the line has been built on!

Rosie said...

Chudleigh look a lovely little town, no wonder you enjoy visiting. Thanks for taking us with you on your tour:)

dosierosie said...

Thank you that Sal, I have an old school friend who lives in Chudleigh and now I know what it's like there.

Lyn said...

What a lovely place, I don't think I have ever heard of it before.

Kitty said...

Chudleigh looks lovely. You really do do these sorts of posts rather brilliantly :) x

Ally Johnston said...

looks like a great place to visit. Does it have a wool shop. Then it would be perfect.

LissyLou said...

Thanks for the tour, we have family friends that live there. Never been though xx

galant said...

Love that reddish/pink floral collage you have just posted on your blog! Great pix!
Margaret P