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Tiverton Town Information

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John Heathcoat & Company Photo © Martin Bodman
John Heathcoat & Company -
Photo: Martin Bodman CCL

  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.

St. Paul's Church Photo © Grant Sherman
St. Paul's Church -
Photo: Grant Sherman CCL