23 Mar

Tavistock, the archetypal West Country market town

Tavistock, the archetypal West Country market town

Tavistock, located in West Devon, very much fits the mould of a typical West Country market town.

Granted its market charter by Henry I way back in the 12th century, Tavistock gained prominence through the local wool trade, even being granted monopoly status over woollen clothes called Tavistock kersies.

The burgeoning wool industry and the weekly markets helped the community flourish, until it became the centre - and most important part - of a large farming district.

Visitors still flock to the historic market to this day. It used to be held at Bank Square - now a car park - before shifting to the current stone-covered Pannier Market site back in 1860.

However, wool and markets weren't the only facets of Tavistock's economy. Considerable quantities of tin were mined in the area during the 12th century, and from the 19th century the nearby Devon Great Consols Mine became the richest source of copper in the whole of Europe.

While the actual extraction of valuable metals from the ground is no longer a source of huge wealth for the town, the mines still have a significant impact on the local economy. In 2006, Tavistock was named the eastern Gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site - a multimillion-pound project geared towards bringing more tourists to the region.

People looking to buy property in Tavistock will be pleased to know there is plenty to see and do in and around the town.

Just five minutes from the town centre lies the picturesque Meadows, a tranquil park dotted with pretty walks, play areas for children and outdoor keep-fit equipment.

Anyone with a love of the outdoor life will enjoy Tavistock. A wealth of leisure and sporting activities are available, from swimming and golf to football and tennis, while the town is also famous for being the birthplace of Sir Francis Bacon, one of the first people to enjoy lawn bowling.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801780805-ADNFCR

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