About North Tawton Shops and Facilities in the Town, along the River Taw. Poets and Authors – Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath, Edna Eglinton. Dr William Budd was born in North Tawton.
About North Tawton Square
Ruth Smith Gallery – Art Gallery. Art Classes in the studio.
North Tawton Emporium Shop – a wide range of goods including children’s activity toys and adult puzzle books. Groceries and dairy products, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables. 01837 82441
Jen’s Cafe 01837 880366
Graylings award-winning Fish and Chips takeaway and restaurant. 01837 89195
Pizza Pronto takeaway. 01837 880098
Post Office offers:
- Postal and Banking Services, Foreign Currency and Utility top-ups.
- Gift cards.
- Quality cards and gifts.
- Household and DIY items.
- Seasonal items (including hats, gloves, scarves, slippers, Christmas and Summer stock).
- Dry cleaning and Laundry services.
Spar Store. Fresh food and groceries. Solid fuel and seasonal bedding plants.
Merry Go Round – Preloved second-hand children’s clothes (including school uniform), baby clothes and equipment, books, board games and toys for all ages. 01837 82521
Angels Hairdresser Salon
Moda Hairdresser Salon
Roots Barber Shop
Taw Valley Creamery Cheese Shop. 01837 883661
North Tawton Pubs
Copper Key Inn, Fore Street, EX20 2DT
Fountain Inn, Exeter Street, EX20 2HB
The Railway, Whiddon Down Road, EX20 2BE
The White Hart, Fore Street, EX20 2DT
North Tawton Services
Dial a Dog Wash Devon (Central)
Fore Street Garage
North Street Motors
North Park Veterinary
The Valet Master
C H Jones Blacksmith and Fabrication Engineering
Mid Devon Machinery
Gregory Distribution and Logistics
Made in North Tawton Farmers Market selling Farm to Table local produce.
Chapel and Churches
North Tawton places of worship: Nonconformist Chapel, United Reformed Methodist Church in the former Congregational Church building and Anglican Church of England with St Peter’s Troupers Musical Theatre.
Community Primary School and Nursery
North Tawton Community Primary School is an Ofsted rated GOOD Preschool and School. Little Seedlings Baby and Toddler Group during term-time.
Frank Henson Gibbings Memorial Park provides adventurous play equipment and family picnic tables.
New Skateboard and Bike Challenge Track installed April 2019 along with Trampoline and You & Me Swing for young children.
Youth and Community Centre
North Tawton Youth and Community Centre is a Multi Room amenity offering a variety of community meeting groups; arts and crafts, music sessions and popular repair cafe.
North Tawton Community Facilities
Refurbished Public Toilet amenities accessible for disabled people and their carers.
Mobile Library parks up in The Square opposite North Tawton Town Hall. The Mobile Library Timetable for North Tawton, Bondleigh, Sampford Courtenay, and Bow, is updated each month on North Tawton website.
North Tawton Defibrillators and CPR information includes the location points for the readily available defibrillators in the town.
North Tawton Fire Station is situated on Barton Street; covers an area of approximately 93 square miles. In the event of an emergency: dial 999.
Facilities available nearby:
Bow village is only 4 miles from North Tawton and boasts an impressive garden and aquatic centre.
Dartmoor National Park is situated 6 miles from North Tawton.
Okehampton Town, a mere 7 miles from North Tawton, offers:
- Okehampton Golf Club set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.
- The Museum of Dartmoor Life.
- The New Carlton Cinema equipped with 2 screens showing mainstream releases and National Theatre Live streaming.
Crediton Town is situated 12 miles from North Tawton.
Town Twinning with Blangy-le-Chateau
North Tawton Town Twinning with Blangy-le-Chateau, Normandy, France, commenced in 1975.
William Budd – Epidemiologist
The ancient market town of North Tawton is well-known with regard to William Budd, who was born at Melhuishes in North Tawton, on September 14, 1811, to North Tawton surgeon, Samuel Budd, and his wife Catherine Wreford.
William Budd, physician, and epidemiologist, is known for recognising the contagious nature of infectious diseases. Dr William Budd recognised the poisons involved in infectious diseases, and how the poisons could be transmitted to the healthy through their consumption of contaminated water.
There are few things which concern the people of this country more deeply than to know the exact truth touching the mode in which this fatal fever is disseminated amongst them.
Every year, on an average – take the United Kingdom through – some fifteen thousand or more of their number perish prematurely from it: a population equal to that of a considerable city every year swept into the grave by a single, and, as I hope to show, a perfectly preventable plague.Dr. William Budd
Dr William Budd was instrumental in vastly reducing the number of deaths caused by cholera and typhoid fever.
Budd is credited with decreasing the incidence of deaths from epidemics of cholera from 2,000 (out of a population of 140,000) in 1849 to 29 in 1866, having taken measures to protect the water supplies in Bristol.
The Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine, JRSM, published an insightful article on the life and work of William Budd and Typhoid Fever by Robert Moorhead.
Edna Eglinton – Poet
Read about North Tawton’s poet and children’s writer Edna Eglinton who featured in a long-running series of BBC Schools learning.
Ted Hughes – Poet
The late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and his first wife Sylvia Plath – American poet, novelist, and short-story writer – lived at Court Green, North Tawton.
Ted Hughes Memorial Walk, focusing on Ted Hughes memorial stone situated above the River Taw on Dartmoor, was organised by local Farms for City Children charity on June 15, 2015. Guided memorial walk map is available for download on Farms for City Children website.
- Ted Hughes OM OBE Poet Laureate
- Ted Hughes 90th Birthday Tribute
- Ring Out, Wild Bells – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Jam and Jerusalem
Jennifer Saunders’ BBC television series “Jam and Jerusalem” was filmed on location in North Tawton, and on nearby Dartmoor, with members of the local community engaged as acting extras. St Peter’s Church and North Tawton Town Hall feature prominently throughout the series, which ran from 2006 to 2008.
The Jam and Jerusalem series starred Sue Johnston, Jennifer Saunders, Pauline McLynn, Dawn French, Maggie Steed, Joanna Lumley, David Mitchell, Doreen Mantle, and Sally Phillips.
Ranulph Steiger – Artist
Ranulph Steiger is Artist in Residence at North Tawton’s NEW art gallery – Ruth Smith Gallery – in The Square.
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