The town of Newton Abbot began its growth in the 13th century with the development of Teignwick Manor Estate on one side of the River Lemon and Wolborough Manor estate on the other. They were united in 1901.
Although the town dates back the medieval times the arrival of the railway in 1846 led to massive residential and commercial expansion. Of particular interest in this respect is the Great Western Railway Museum on St Paul's Road with its collection of railway paraphernalia.
Visitors can watch hand thrown pots being made at Abbot Pottery in Hopkins Lane. St Leonards Antiques and Craft Centre has a fine display of period furnitire, jewellery, clocks, glass, and china.
A more robust tradition is followed at Tuckers Maltings where beer is brewed. In fact this is England's only working malthouse which is open to the public. It also houses a range of over 200 bottled beers.
And of course there is the hedgehog hospital.
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© J Clare 2004