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Newton Abbot is a market town on the River Teign. The town has a racecourse and boasts three country parks; Decoy, Stover and Bradley. Part of Newton Abbot's heritage is the historic Cheese and Onion Fayre, originally held on 5,6,7 November in honour of Saint Leonard. It is still held to this day, but earlier in the year 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. This later became a major steam engine shed and was retained to service British Railways diesel locomotives, although it has now closed and is the site of an industrial estate.
The centre of the town features the ancient tower of St Leonard. The tower is all that remains of the medieval church of St. Leonard, built in 1350 - the main chapel being demolished in 1836. Adjacent to the tower is a plaque; marking the spot where the first declaration of the newly arrived William III, Prince of Orange was read in 1688. William stayed overnight in the town, as he made his way from Brixham to London to assume the English throne.
There are two other buildings of note in the town. Forde House located in the south east corner of the town, was built with an 'E' shaped floor plan, by Sir Richard Reynell in 1610. King Charles I stayed at the house in 1625 and William of Orange on his way to London.
- The population of the Newton Abbot & Kingsteignton Devon Town area for 2009 is 70422
- In the last 10 years, the population has grown by 6.37%
- Claimant counts for November 2008 were approximately 560 people
- Job Seekers Allowance for the area reached 1.28% of the working age population in November 2008
- District claimant count figures for 2008 showed a claimant count of 1.52% of the working age population
- The Average income in 2008 for the Newton Abbot & Kingsteignton Devon Town area is £33344.19 per household
- Average house price for the area in 2007 was recorded as £221,615.33
- There were 718 year 11 pupils in this area in 2007
- 52.92% of year 11 pupils attained 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in 2007
- There are 719 year 6 pupils throughout the Newton Abbot & Kingsteignton Devon Town area in 2007
- 84.6% of pupils attained KS2 Level 4+ in 2007
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