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Totnes, Devon

Totnes is a market town and civil parish at the head of the estuary of the River Dart in Devon, England within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is about 22 miles south of the city of Exeter and is the administrative centre of the South Hams District Council. Totnes has a long recorded history, dating back to AD 907 when its first castle was built; it was already an important market town by the 12th century.
DistrictSouth Hams
Post townTOTNES
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX8060
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 code01803
Population7,444 (2001)

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

Dodonese ~ Totneis ~ Totness ~ Totonese ~ Toutaness ~ Totenais ~ Totheneis ~ Thotonensium

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

Totnes, muu. bor., market town, and par., Devon, on river Dart, 22 miles SW. of Exeter and 223 miles from London by rail - par., 1043 ac., pop. 3525; bor. (including alar, Bridgetown, in Berry Pomeroy par.), 1405 ac., pop. 4089; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Totnes dates from very ancient times, and has aspects of antiquity in many of its houses. It has, besides the keep of the Norman castle built at the Conquest, two gateways of the old walls, a quaint guild hall, a fine church rebuilt in the 15th century, and a grammar school founded in 1554. A handsome bridge of three arches over the Dart connects Totnes proper with Bridgetown. In the square is a monument of William John Wills, the Australian explorer, who was a native of Totnes. There is a considerable fishery, but there is little trade beyond the importation of coal. Totnes was incorporated by King John, and sent 2 members to Parliament from the time of Edward I. until 1867.

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