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Ashburton Walk (S Devon Branch)
Thu. 1 June 2017 at 2:30 pm
A walk around the historic town of Ashburton led by Brian Lewis.
With medieval prosperity founded on tin and wool, Ashburton has a fascinating history, reflected today in many fine buildings, particularly St. Lawrence’s Chapel and the parish church. Our guide knows the town intimately, so this guided walk promises to be most interesting.
Contact was Janet Gould.
Most of us have walked around a town and wondered what might lie behind the façades of shops and houses and what they have witnessed through history. Brian Lewis gave us an insight into Ashburton with a fascinating walk around the town. Starting at the church, he explained the development of the building and the many unexpected finds discovered during recent work to replace the floor.
A walk through West and East streets via the centre ‘Bullring’ revealed merchants houses from 16th to 18th centuries, the site of the original market hall, and numerous pubs. Many had medieval features, now hidden behind newer façades and one even had graffiti from prisoners of the Napoleonic wars. A town with such a wealth of interest and a guide with such detailed knowledge made this a most enjoyable afternoon from which we came away realising that there was far more to see, maybe on another occasion.