Colyton & Colyford

10:41 15 April 2010

Picture postcard Colyton village

Picture postcard Colyton village

Known locally as ‘the small town with a big heart and a warm welcome’, Colyton is situated amid beautiful countryside where the Axe and Coly valleys meet.

The town itself is full of history, and its centre is a conservation area, full of narrow street often referred to as a maze, and a joy to browse around. The surrounding countryside is perfect for either walking or cycling, and there are lots of ideal picnic spots giving beautiful views.

Colyton is linked to nearby Seaton by a unique and famous tramway, the perfect way to enjoy the scenery, and from the Tram Stop restaurant at the Colyton terminus you can enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a superb horse-drawn wagon, taking you into the town centre where you can relax at your leisure and return when you wish.

Colyton features a wide range of shops and businesses that beg to be explored. You are sure to find that special souvenir and you will always get a truly friendly welcome. There is the last tannery in the country to use the traditional oak bark method of tanning hides with a leather shop and garden shop alongside in the market place.

The striking Church of St Andrew is well worth a visit, notable for its 15th century octagonal lantern tower, and a superb Saxon cross. Also of note are the unusual statues of John and Elizabeth Pole, a prominent local family, each resting on an elbow but lying back to back.

Colyton always has an excellent choice of social events, many of them centred at the Town Hall. There are flower shows and craft fairs, plus performances by the Colyton Theatre Group. Dont miss this year's fabulous carnival week, starting on September 3 with the crowning of Royal Family and climaxing with the grand procession on September 10. There is a fun-packed week of events for all the family, celebrating the granting of a fair to be held seven days yearly by King John in 1208.

Colyton originated as a Saxon settlement indeed, the Saxon parliament was held there in 827 AD.

The town was bestowed on the first Lord of the Manor by William the Conqueror, and changed hands several times until 1546 when the then-Lord Courtenay, Marquis of Exeter, had a disagreement with King Henry VIII the King was obviously most displeased as Henry Courtenay was executed, and his lands confiscated. Their return was later achieved by a group of local merchants and yeomen for the princely sum of 1,000.

When the Duke of Monmouth landed in Lyme Regis in 1685 it is said that no town in Devon provided more volunteers to fight for their religious freedom suppressed by the Catholic King James II than Colyton. After the Duke's army was routed at Sedgemore, the infamous Judge Jeffreys sentenced many to be hanged at his Bloody Assizes. There is now a new history and visitor centre situated in the car park and run by volunteers from the local history society.

Colyford

Colyford is Colytons pretty sister village with a long main street featuring ancient thatched cottages and character houses.

There are spectacular views as you drive down the road towards Seaton, and Colyford is the ideal place from which to explore the beautiful Axe Valley. It is a popular area for birdwatchers, and the network of footpaths traverse some lovely secluded countryside. Colyford now has a newly opened nature reserve which is well worth a visit. Colyford is also a stopping place on the scenic Seaton to Colyton tramway. The interesting St Michaels Church will reward you with a view of a high relief modelled on Bartollemeos famous masterpiece The Entombment.

One of the highlights of Colyfords social calendar is the annual Goose Fair, which dates back to medieval times, and is held this year on September 24. Great fun for all the family, it starts with a colourful procession to the main events area, which features sideshows and stalls and lots of medieval activities. The highlight of the day is the traditional Mummers Play, and the whole event is really colourful with lots of people in costumes of the time, so dont forget your camera.

More from Midweek Herald

17:00

A range of activities have been lined up at Seaton Wetlands in February, starting with a bird-ringing demonstration.

Read more
15:00

A former Royal Navy serviceman, who left the police control room after 20 years to become a PCSO, has joined Sidmouth’s neighbourhood team.

Read more
07:00

Seaton Town Council will be asking average council tax payers for an extra 41p a week more towards its operating costs this year.

Read more
07:00

The new Costa coffee in Axminster has backed The Project

Read more
Yesterday, 20:37

William Tidball is seemingly in the fast lane to success.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:37

Sidmouth RFC is staging a Girls Rugby Fun Day early next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:36

Three intrepid Axe Valley Runners set off late Saturday afternoon to experience their first night run in Haldon Forest, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

Grammy winner Amy Wadge – who has written songs for Ed Sheeran – is playing a joint show with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Luke Jackson at 7.30pm at St James Church Hall, Exeter on Sunday, January 29.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Tim Edey will be returning to East Devon to perform in a concert to raise funds for Colyford Memorial Hall.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

A council tenant in Honiton has been evicted for antisocial behaviour.

Read more
17:00

A range of activities have been lined up at Seaton Wetlands in February, starting with a bird-ringing demonstration.

Read more
15:00

A former Royal Navy serviceman, who left the police control room after 20 years to become a PCSO, has joined Sidmouth’s neighbourhood team.

Read more
07:00

Seaton Town Council will be asking average council tax payers for an extra 41p a week more towards its operating costs this year.

Read more
07:00

The new Costa coffee in Axminster has backed The Project

Read more
Yesterday, 20:37

William Tidball is seemingly in the fast lane to success.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:37

Sidmouth RFC is staging a Girls Rugby Fun Day early next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:36

Three intrepid Axe Valley Runners set off late Saturday afternoon to experience their first night run in Haldon Forest, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

Grammy winner Amy Wadge – who has written songs for Ed Sheeran – is playing a joint show with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Luke Jackson at 7.30pm at St James Church Hall, Exeter on Sunday, January 29.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Tim Edey will be returning to East Devon to perform in a concert to raise funds for Colyford Memorial Hall.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

A council tenant in Honiton has been evicted for antisocial behaviour.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:52

The 10-mile Oh My Obelisk at Dawlish race attracted four AVR members, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:49

The ladies second team faced a strengthened Bridgwater side.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:49

Honours ended even in the Petroc Division Two in-house meeting between SOHC ladies third and fourth teams.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:49

The David Shepherd Cricket Trust’s helmet and balls offer was so successful last year it is being repeated ahead of the new season, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:02

Devon saw an increase in Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants during December – with East Devon recording the highest increase of any district.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Members of the Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, their families and friends got the new year off to a celebratory start with their annual awards dinner.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Cash-strapped Honiton Community College stands to lose a further £146,000 – the equivalent of four teachers – under the Government’s ‘fairer funding’ shake-up.

Read more
Thu, 17:00

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton is offering a guided exhibition talk as part of its winter art activities.

Read more
Thu, 17:00

One of the longest-serving members of the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat, in Lyme Regis, has retired because of work commitments.

Read more
Thu, 15:24

A small-scale mud run has been set up in the wake of the cancellation of East Devon’s popular Rocksolid Race.

Read more
Thu, 15:00

A trio of sleek bobs has become a badge of honour for three youngsters who cut their long locks for the Little Princess Trust charity.

Read more
Thu, 13:04

Twelve crews involved in fight to save thatch properties

Read more
Thu, 11:00

Lifeboat supporters in East Devon are in buoyant mood after another bumper fundraising year.

Read more
Thu, 07:00

Allan Hill has no plans to spend his 80th birthday sipping sherry with his feet up – he’s going to celebrate by jumping out of a plane from 15,000ft.

Read more
Wed, 17:16

Honiton Town Reserves were 7-4 winners when they travelled to Macron League Division Three basement dwellers Culm United.

Read more
Wed, 17:00

The Membury Merrymakers will present an original pantomime, written by Nat Bruzon, at the end of the month.

Read more
Wed, 17:00

Musbury Primary School’s PTFA raised more than £500 from its Christmas Luxury Raffle, with all the prizes donated by local businesses.

Read more
Wed, 15:00

Schools across East Devon are being reminded that they can arrange year-round outdoor sessions with education rangers from the district council’s Countryside team.

Read more
Wed, 11:00

Following being named by the Alzheimer’s Society as Dementia Friendly Rural Community of the Year 2016, Honiton Dementia Action Alliance is launching an Action on Dementia programme for 2017.

Read more
Wed, 10:28

An ‘unprecedented’ disaster that has left a lasting legacy in East Devon

Read more