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Totnes – Market

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John Risdon took us on an illustrated tour of Totnes, which is a former Saxon settlement, built 9 miles up the river Dart from its mouth at Dartmouth, where it is the first place the river can be crossed on foot and cart. The first bridge was built by the Norman invaders in the 12th century.

The Normans built a moat and bailey Keep in 1068 to keep the locals in order.

It had a Benedictine Priory from 1088 where it linked with Monks’ Bridge in Brixham.

It was fascinating to be taken around Totnes to see the buildings being added through the Tudor, Victorian and modern times. It had a Corn Exchange and vegetable, fish and poultry markets. In 1523, it was the 2nd richest town in Devon andthe 16th in England.

It was an important site learning at various Grammar Schools.

Today Totnes is the home of the South Hams District Council and the conservative Member of Parliament, Dr Sarah Wollaston.

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