|A former centre of cloth manufacture, this historic market town was transformed in the 19th century when entrepreneur John Heathcoat created a new textile industry based on lace.|
The National Trust now
owns the Victorian Knightshayes
Court - built for his descendants, the
Heathcoat-Amoury family -. It was the work of
William Burges whose original designs of
furniture and wall paintings are on show.
Exhibits in the town’s revamped museum include Heathcoat’s first lace-making machine as well as clocks, dolls, lace-making machinery, farm equipment and old photographs.
Reminders of Tiverton’s once-mighty past include the evocative remains of its 11th century castle and a tower in pink sandstone on St Peter’s Church.