Devon has a rich heritage of historic urban centres. Many were at the forefront of English commerce in the medieval and post-medieval periods. Some originated before then as Royal strongholds in the Saxon and Norman periods. All have and continue to provide a variety of services to their rural hinterlands as well as being ‘home’ to many of Devon’s citizens. Their architecture, archaeology and street plans tell the story of their origins and how they have developed over three millennia of town life in Devon.
Working with Historic England (formerly English Heritage), the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, AC Archaeology, South West Archaeology and SLR Consulting, we have undertaken an extensive urban survey of 17 of Devon’s historic market and coastal towns. Each survey outlines the history and known archaeology of each town, as well as describing their character and how their historic development can still be seen in the present layout.
- Great Torrington
- Newton Abbot/Kingsteignton
- South Molton