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Great Torrington, Devon

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Great Torrington, Devon

Great Torrington (often abbreviated to Torrington, though the villages of Little Torrington and Black Torrington are situated in the same region) is a small market town in the north of Devon, England. Parts of it are sited on high ground with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. The centre of the town therefore commands spectacular views, though lower-lying parts are prone to occasional flooding.
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSS4919
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01805

Other names by which Great Torrington, Devon has been known in the past

Cheping Toriton ~ Great T ~ Torrington ~ Torrington Great ~ Tourington

Great Torrington, Devon in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Torrington (Great), mun. bor., market town, and par., Devon, on river Torridge, 6 miles SE. of Bideford and 225 from London by rail, 3456 ac., pop. 3445; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. Torrington is an ancient borough, incorporated by Queen Mary, and at one time sent representatives to Parliament. Glove-making is the principal industry. General Monk was born in the neighbourhood; and it was near Torrington that Fairfax in 1646 won his victory over Hopton, and so crushed the royalist cause in the west.

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