Sunday, 5 January 2014

A Visit to Totnes

Totnes-twinned with Narnia! I kid you not, someone carefully wrote 'twinned with Narnia' on the council welcome sign on the main road-it stayed up for several months and I think quite a lot of people were sad the day it was removed.

Here are just some of the community projects and open spaces that Totnes has to offer

Totnes is a lovely town and deserves a visit if you are ever in the area. The high street is full of small independent shops of all kinds and the back streets are full of pretty cottages and interesting buildings. If I had known about Totnes when I was younger, I would have moved there and never have lived anywhere else.

On my visit on Friday (due to the dog needing x-rays at the new veterinary centre) I had a few hours to wait before picking him up again, so I took my camera and went for a walk around. I sadly couldn't choose the weather for this walk about. Such stormy weather with thunder and lightning, hail, rain, sunshine and flooding all in one day, sometimes all in one minute. I had to keep running for cover. At one point the shop lights were flashing and the thunder rattled directly above our heads. I ran in from rain and hail for most of the morning with the camera tucked under my coat.

The Parish and Priory Church of St Mary. 120 ft tower is build of red sandstone from Paignton in the 15th century.

Walkway of Medlar trees in the churchyard

Totnes castle is a Norman motte and bailey castle built in the 11th century and one of the best surviving examples. It was closed so I couldn't go in to get better images, so this is from the outside.

Totnes Guildhall a 16th century building and originally part of the Benedictine Priory.


I will go again to Totnes when the sun is shining, I have missed out so much from this beautiful and interesting town, but the weather got the better of me and my camera. Here is the website of the Totnes Information Centre if you'd like to know more.

The Totnes Badger Vaccination Action Campaign

I saw this article in the local paper over Christmas and thought you'd be very happy to hear of the efforts of this group. They are a voluntary group funding themselves and training to vaccinate badgers against bBT and save farmers money as an incentive. They give their time freely and all the equipment and licences but ask each farmer to pay £30.00 for the vaccination cost.Take a look at the Village of Cornworthy website here to find out about this vaccination programme and why it's so important.


I'll leave you with a few images on the site of Dartington Cider Press, where the river Dart runs alongside and woodlands walks will take you to Dartington Hall (another trip for the future).

The river was full and flowing fast downstream where in Totnes itself the river was close to bursting its banks in combination with high tide.

We still have terrible wet and windy weather here, but it's not as bad as before Christmas. In between we have had some clear sunny spells which meant we were able to get out and about with the dog and walk along the beach at Broadsands, Shoalstone Pool, Berry Head and The Breakwater.

Have a good week everyone, hopefully it'll be less wet and windy for all of us. I hope none of you are clearing up after flooding or storm damage.

SeagullSuzie

32 comments:

  1. Totnes my most favourite place on earth! Is that sign still there? It was there two summers ago, the writer of the that is correct though Totnes should be twinned with Narnia! Those photos bring back wonderful summer memories.
    Julie xxxxx

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    1. Yes that sign had only just been cleaned...such a shame...everyone loved it. I will try later this summer to catch the Friday markets, they are so colourful and fill the streets, oh I love Totnes too.

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  2. Ah yes back in the day it was Bridgetown that ruled Totnes and it's serfs, these days Totnes is the town and Bridgetown the suburb shame, shame ;-)
    In my day there was a Bacon factory and Cider maker, plus warehouses down in the flat area near the river Dart and once a year there was a regatta which I and my friends used to take part. I wonder if the old concrete barges are still on the riverbank ?

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    1. There used to be a horse racing track too, now it's an industrial estate. The warehouses along the river are now flats. I don't know about the barges but will have a look next time and see what I can find out. A lovely wildlife trip can be taken by boat from Dartmouth to Totnes, it's so quiet and relaxing.

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    2. Ah yes! I did that trip a few times on a paddle steamer from Dartmouth, which was quite a novelty for this lad :)

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    3. They have a new paddle steamer called the Kingswear Castle, it's been working on the river since last summer and was a great success-I have a photo of it somewhere.

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  3. Totnes looks great, we didn't make it there when we were in your neck of the woods last summer but I will put it on my list. Shame some folks have no sense of humour re the Narnia sign- it probably contravened some trades descriptions act or other :-)

    Rainy rainy rainy here and flood water and raging fast flowing rivers everywhere. It is a time of water and wind. Loved all your photos, and the layout is looking great x

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    1. Thanks CT, I had so many photos I thought the collages worked best. Oh you must stop for a walk around Totnes, they even have their own currency, the Totnes pound which you can by in the museum and spend along the high street.
      When I drove into Totnes early on Friday the tide was high and the river was about to burst its banks.

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  4. I love Totnes, and like you, I would love to live there!! Just have to make do with visits!! The photos are marvellous, you have seen a lot more than I knew about there!! Unfortunately, husband is not one for a wander! A to B and back to the car!! The last time we went I had birthday money to spend, and spend it I did!! I treated myself to a pair of boots from Conkers!!! Oh, they are fabulous and sooo comfy!! Stiull wet and windy here! Roll on spring!

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    1. Conkers is a wonderful shop...lucky you! I think it's a place for women to have a wander together rather than the men who get a bit fed up of all the fantastic shops. I went with a friend who came to visit last year and it took us 4 hours to get up and back down the main street, going into every shop I think.

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  5. Let me know when you're next going and we could meet for a Narnian coffee. Any excuse to go there quite frankly; I love it too. I'm not sure I could live there, being more fond of isolation!

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    1. Hi Em, that would be lovely. It's a great town to visit and I'd love to photograph the markets. Have you seen the Elizabethan Market? I've somehow managed to miss it and the food market, but am determined to visit this year.

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  6. You took some great pictures in between the storms hope you didn't get caught on your walk up to Dartington. We love Totnes too not only for the location but also for the new ideas that are generated and practiced in the community such as the badger vaccination. I was interested to read about the reasons to your move to Brixham. Although St Ives is nice as a holiday destination I would prefer to live in Brixham. Hope you hubby can find some part time work.
    Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, yes I did get caught in the rain at Dartington, I had to run back up from the river walk to the shops with thunder above me and the rain lashing down...I was a little bit damp!
      Agree that as well as being lovely to visit, I also love the community spirit and projects, they seem so proud of their town and I would love to be part of it.
      We travelled all over the coasts of Britain looking for somewhere to live over a period of 2 years. It's important not to get carried away by holiday destinations when looking, but try and decide what you need, then (in our case) what you have to spend on a house, which seems to cross quite a few seaside places off the wish list.

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  7. I've only been to Totnes once and I can imagine it being twinned with Narnia!! I had no idea there were all of those beautiful buildings there. Lovely visit. Thank you Suzie! xx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Amy. I have missed so many other buildings from my photos-mainly due to the weather on this visit. A trip along the river is lovely, so many wonderful shops to visit and a walk around the old streets and alleyways reveals pretty terraced cottages and courtyard gardens just off the main street.

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  8. My family have deep roots in Totnes (my g. grandfather ran the Dart Hotel, back in the day and another rellie was at the Lord Nelson). Before that they were at Berry Pomeroy and started off in Stoke Gabriel.

    I love the town, but when we stayed there back in August, I couldn't help thinking what my Bow ancestors would make of it now.

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    1. How marvellous to have relatives from there. I would live there and never leave. I could spend far too much money in the shops!

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  9. P.S. Lovely photos and I hope you and Em can meet up. She's lovely too!

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    1. Thanks-I took too many. Will do.

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  10. I can see that I've done Totnes a great disservice.. only ever driven round the periphery on the way to somewhere else!

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    1. Oh no! You must stop and spend a few hours there, it's so lovely and interesting too and there is plenty of fairly cheap parking compared with Torbay. Just a few minutes up the road there is Dartington Hall and Shops. Stop and have your lunch at China Blue-lovely food on the main road out of Totnes towards Dartington.

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  11. I loved this look at Totnes - I've never been there but have only heard good things about it. The river looks incredible there at the moment - very fast. And good luck to their Badger vaccination group - I hope it all goes well for them.
    I love the idea of it being twinned with Narnia!

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    1. Many thanks, glad you liked this quick look at Totnes. Well worth a visit. The idea of the badger vaccination is terrific and I hope they do succeed with the 30% target. I'll keep you posted.

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  12. A lovely post with some great photos I do like your collages of pictures :) What a beautiful town - it looks well worth many visits :) I don't think I have ever been but will certainly pay it a visit if we holiday in the area :)

    It was great to hear too of the Badger Vaccination Action Group - badgers need all the help they can get right now!!

    I do hope weather conditions improve for you soon - it sounds horrendous in the south-west :( I think you have had it far worse than us - we have had a lot of rain and its been very windy and I noticed the River Blythe had burst its banks last week. But here at home its not been too bad - luckily our house and garden is half way up a hill.

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    1. Thank you. I took way to many photos and thought they'd look better together for a quick view. Just like Totnes to come up with the badger vaccination team-brilliant idea! Lets hope this terrible slaughter of wild animals does not make it to the South Hams or anywhere else!
      I think Dorset is worse than here at the moment and I couldn't cope living by a river. The Dart was about to bust its banks on Friday due to the very high tide.

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  13. I have only been to Totnes once, a couple of years ago, but fell in love with the town and would happily live there. The church was beautiful and interesting inside. Lots of interesting shops.
    Thanks for some happy holiday memories on a rainy January day!

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    1. I didn't have time to go inside this time-but I've read that it is well worth a visit. Glad to hear it brought back happy memories.

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  14. I love how you put your photos together in a collage - really effective! Totnes looks really lovely and full of character. Thanks for sharing this place with us :)

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    1. Thank you Lou, I think the collages work well for towns rather than a big line of photos. As I keep saying Totnes is a lovely place to visit and to live in too.

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  15. hello! followed a link here, and your photos are fab! Totnes is a wonderful little place.. ive been a few times from here in Dorset by train, and love its individuality. Your photso are wondergul.. little glimpses of things that most people wouldnt spot.. lovely blog!
    Leanne x

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    1. Hello Leanne, thanks for your kind comments and for taking a look at the blog. Totnes has a great high street and I love all the individual shops, but I also like its location-really not too far from anywhere and with good public transport.

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