Crediton General Information Page

Prepared by S.G.Smith, Crediton, Devonshire, England

Location approx 8 miles NW of the city of Exeter on the A377

Population approx 6500

Crediton Tourist Information Centre. Telephone +44 (0) 1363772006

Local Newspaper 'Crediton Country Courier' Editor Sue Read. Telephone +44 (0) 1363774263

This is an independent paid for community newspaper published fortnightly for Mid Devon, with a circulation not only in the town itself, but in a twenty mile radius including parts of North and West Devon.

Gold Prospecting

Recently the mining company Minmet PLC, have been carrying out test drilling in what is known, as the 'Crediton Trough', to ascertain whether or not, from the samples extracted, gold could be found in sufficient quantities to make a commercial project viable.

Crediton has an active community with numerous associations, societies and clubs, a good leisure centre and swimming pool, also two successful Industrial estates. The towns history of industry includes Shoe manufacture, Wool, Tanning, Spinning and Milling. During the Civil war the town was alternately occupied by rival armies. In 1644 Crediton was visited by Charles I. A year later Fairfax's men paraded at Lords Meadow (now one of the towns industrial estates). Crediton had several damaging fires, the worst one being in 1743 when in about ten hours 460 properties were destroyed, sixteen people killed and 2000 made homeless.

Plaque to be found opposite Crediton Tourist centre.

Points of interest in the town.

Congregational Church, opened in 1865.

Statue of St. Boniface in Newcombes Meadow.

Libbets Well (off Church Lane)

Libbets Well

The War Memorial.

The War Memorial on which 137 victims from the First World War are named, also 40 from the Second World War, this includes many men from the Devonshire Regiment.

The War Memorial.

St. Lawrence Green (possibly used for Bull baiting during the old annual fair). Haywards School (moved to present site in 1860), Ernest Bevin was a pupil here for a while.

Dean Street (possibly the most ancient street in the town).

Spurway Almshouses, Union Terrace (1555)

The Almshouses were built in about 1555 at the bequest of Humphrey Spurway a clothier of Kirton to accommodate four 'poor folk'. The Almshouses have the only remaining 'Firemark sign' (a sign of insurance) in Crediton. In the 1880's the fire appliance would attend to houses with firemarks before those without.

Spurway Almshouses, Union Terrace (1555) and Firemark.

Chapel of St. Lawrence, Landscore (1200)

Built in about the year 1200, this chapel was home to a religious hermit, giving council to anyone who sought his advice. It was at one time even converted into three small cottages before falling into disrepair. It was then restored by the Drake family in 1920, although the two end walls are original, and given to the Governors of the Holy Cross Church Crediton.

Chapel of St. Lawrence, Landscore (1200)

April Great Market 1920

Left High Street 1865

Right High Street 1999

Archive photographs of Crediton courtesy of Mr. A. Labbett.

Other photographs S.G.Smith.

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The information contained in this web page is correct to the best of my knowledge.