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Newton Abbot, Devon

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Newton Abbot, Devon

Newton Abbot is a market town and civil parish in the Teignbridge District of Devon, England on the River Teign, with a population of 23,580. Newton Abbot holds a historic Cheese and Onion Fayre in honour of Saint Leonard; it was originally held from the 5th to 7 November, but is now celebrated at the beginning of September. The town grew very rapidly in the Victorian era as it was home to the South Devon Railway locomotive works.
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX8671
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 code01626
Population23,580 (2001)

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


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

Newton Abbot, market town with ry. sta., partly in Highweek par. but chiefly in Wolborough with Newton Abbot par., Devon, at head of Teign estuary, 16 miles S. of Exeter and 214 SW. of London by rail, pop. 9826; P.O., T.O.,2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Wednesday and. Saturday. Newton Abbot is a considerable town, and is the most important sta. on the South Devon line between Exeter and Plymouth. It is situated in the heart of a fertile and richly cultivated district, and presents a most picturesque appearance. The town consists of 2 parts - viz., Newton Abbot in Wolborough par., and Newton Bushel forming the portion in High-week par. The latter was at one time a separate town. The chief object of interest in Newton Abbot is the pedestal of the market cross, from which, in 1688, William III. made his first proclamation after landing at Torbay. The chief industries of the town are brewing, iron-founding, and tanning; there is also a considerable trade in corn, timber, and potter's clay, for the loading of which large and convenient wharves have been erected.

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