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Axminster, Devon

Axminster is a market town and civil parish on the eastern border of the county of Devon in England, some 28 miles from the county town of Exeter. The town is built on a hill overlooking the River Axe which heads towards the English Channel at Axmouth, and is in the East Devon local government district. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 5,626. The market is still held every Thursday. Axminster gave its name to a type of carpet.
DistrictEast Devon
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSY2998
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 code01297
Population5,626 (2001)

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

Axanminser ~ Alseminstre ~ Alsemenistra ~ Alseministra ~ Axeministra ~ Axeministre

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

Axminster, par. and market town, in the above hundred (part of the par. being in Dorset), on river Axe, 25 miles NE. of Exeter and 144 miles SW. of London by rail, 7058 ac., Pop. 2872; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. It was once famous for its mfrs. of carpets. Buckland, the geologist, was born here in 1784.

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