Devon Town Focus

Honiton

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Honiton is situated close to the River Otter, 17 miles northeast of Exeter. The town grew along the line of the Fosse Way - the ancient Roman road linking Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) to Lincoln (Lindum) on which it was an important stopping point. The location is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Honetone, meaning a farmstead of a man called Huna. It became an important market town known for its lace making that was introduced by Flemish immigrants in the Elizabethan era. In the 17th century thousands of people produced lace by hand in their homes and later in the 19th Century Queen Victoria had her wedding dress made of Honiton lace. The town also became known for its Honiton pottery.

In the mid 18th century the town was largely destroyed by fire. Georgian houses were then built to replace some of those that had been destroyed. Honiton more than doubled in size between the 1960s and 2005 with most development taking place south of the Exeter to Waterloo railway line.

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  • The population of the Honiton Devon Town area for 2009 is 17236
  • In the last 10 years, the population has increased by 35.57%
  • Claimant counts for November 2008 were approximately 95 people
  • Job Seekers Allowance for the area reached 0.92% of the working age population in November 2008
  • District claimant count figures for 2008 showed a claimant count of 1.22% of the working age population
  • The Average income in 2008 for the Honiton Devon Town area is £30404.74 per household
  • Average house price for the area in 2007 was recorded as £227,317.01
  • There were 181 year 11 pupils in this area in 2007
  • 62.98% of year 11 pupils attained 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in 2007
  • There are 186 year 6 pupils throughout the Honiton Devon Town area in 2007
  • 82.1% of pupils attained KS2 Level 4+ in 2007
  • For statistical profiles of the Honiton please click here