Colyton & Colyford

10:41 15 April 2010

Picture postcard Colyton village

Picture postcard Colyton village

Known locally as ‘the small town with a big heart and a warm welcome’, Colyton is situated amid beautiful countryside where the Axe and Coly valleys meet.

The town itself is full of history, and its centre is a conservation area, full of narrow street often referred to as a maze, and a joy to browse around. The surrounding countryside is perfect for either walking or cycling, and there are lots of ideal picnic spots giving beautiful views.

Colyton is linked to nearby Seaton by a unique and famous tramway, the perfect way to enjoy the scenery, and from the Tram Stop restaurant at the Colyton terminus you can enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a superb horse-drawn wagon, taking you into the town centre where you can relax at your leisure and return when you wish.

Colyton features a wide range of shops and businesses that beg to be explored. You are sure to find that special souvenir and you will always get a truly friendly welcome. There is the last tannery in the country to use the traditional oak bark method of tanning hides with a leather shop and garden shop alongside in the market place.

The striking Church of St Andrew is well worth a visit, notable for its 15th century octagonal lantern tower, and a superb Saxon cross. Also of note are the unusual statues of John and Elizabeth Pole, a prominent local family, each resting on an elbow but lying back to back.

Colyton always has an excellent choice of social events, many of them centred at the Town Hall. There are flower shows and craft fairs, plus performances by the Colyton Theatre Group. Dont miss this year's fabulous carnival week, starting on September 3 with the crowning of Royal Family and climaxing with the grand procession on September 10. There is a fun-packed week of events for all the family, celebrating the granting of a fair to be held seven days yearly by King John in 1208.

Colyton originated as a Saxon settlement indeed, the Saxon parliament was held there in 827 AD.

The town was bestowed on the first Lord of the Manor by William the Conqueror, and changed hands several times until 1546 when the then-Lord Courtenay, Marquis of Exeter, had a disagreement with King Henry VIII the King was obviously most displeased as Henry Courtenay was executed, and his lands confiscated. Their return was later achieved by a group of local merchants and yeomen for the princely sum of 1,000.

When the Duke of Monmouth landed in Lyme Regis in 1685 it is said that no town in Devon provided more volunteers to fight for their religious freedom suppressed by the Catholic King James II than Colyton. After the Duke's army was routed at Sedgemore, the infamous Judge Jeffreys sentenced many to be hanged at his Bloody Assizes. There is now a new history and visitor centre situated in the car park and run by volunteers from the local history society.

Colyford

Colyford is Colytons pretty sister village with a long main street featuring ancient thatched cottages and character houses.

There are spectacular views as you drive down the road towards Seaton, and Colyford is the ideal place from which to explore the beautiful Axe Valley. It is a popular area for birdwatchers, and the network of footpaths traverse some lovely secluded countryside. Colyford now has a newly opened nature reserve which is well worth a visit. Colyford is also a stopping place on the scenic Seaton to Colyton tramway. The interesting St Michaels Church will reward you with a view of a high relief modelled on Bartollemeos famous masterpiece The Entombment.

One of the highlights of Colyfords social calendar is the annual Goose Fair, which dates back to medieval times, and is held this year on September 24. Great fun for all the family, it starts with a colourful procession to the main events area, which features sideshows and stalls and lots of medieval activities. The highlight of the day is the traditional Mummers Play, and the whole event is really colourful with lots of people in costumes of the time, so dont forget your camera.

0 comments

More from Exmouth Journal

18:31
Sinatra and friends

Be transported back to the 1950s with the Sinatra and Friends Holographic Concert, coming up at the Exmouth Pavilion on March 19.

Read more
18:30
Sue Gunn-Johnson

Who better to play a vicar’s wife than someone who has experienced the role?

Read more
16:30
Budleigh Croquet Club. Ref exb 1326-19-07SH

Members of Budleigh Croquet Club have said farewell to their groundsman after 31 years in the role.

Read more

The jury has been discharged in the case of a motorcyclist from Exmouth accused of causing the death of his pillion passenger in a crash.

Read more
12:30

A new solar farm on the edge of Brixington has been approved by district planners.

Read more
12:30
French flag

The next meeting of the Budleigh Salterton Anglo-French Society will be taking place on Monday, February 15, at 7.30pm.

Read more
Ollie the mind-reading Llama and his owner, Maggie Jee of Peak Hill Llamas. Ref shs 05-16AW 8687. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth animal’s strange powers of prediction

Read more
Ollie the mind-reading Llama and his owner, Maggie Jee of Peak Hill Llamas. Ref shs 05-16AW 8675. Picture: Alex Walton

‘Sidmouth animal can read minds’, says owner

Read more
Close-up of woman's mouth

The potential amount of money that could be saved is the equivalent to 364,000 dental check-ups.

Read more
10:00
Ladram Bay

Popular holiday park Ladram Bay is set to be featured in a BBC television programme later this month.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Most read

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications