We live in Great Torrington a small town in Devon some twelve miles from Barnstaple and five miles from Bideford on the north coast. Situated on an escarpment and close to Dartmoor in the south and Exmoor to the East the weather is always interesting.
The picture above shows the top end of the town square in the summer of 2006. In this square there are four banks, a post office, public house, two greengrocers and and electrical shop. After a big campaign in 2007 the threat to local business’s of a supermarket coming to town was averted. The large building in the picture is the Torrington Heritage Museum.
The town is famous for one of the last battles of the English civil war in 1646. Many tourists come to the town to see the 1646 re-enactment of the English Civil War. This takes place daily in the summer close to the west street car park. The ‘Town Mills’ are south of the town where the A386 road crosses the river Torridge. These buildings are used as holiday accommodation in the summertime.
To the South the common extends down to the River Torridge at Taddiport. To the north it blends into farmland and Weare Giffard village. This part of Devon is mainly farming country and the nearest market towns are South Molton to the East and Holsworthy to the West.
The lower side of the square has the pannier market and is full of local craft wares and a cafe. The shopping centre is small traditional shops with no large supermarkets. Just at the southern end of the main town square there is the Pannier Market with craft shops and cafe. During the tourist season the whole square is even busier than usual and ample car parking is in South Street.