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James Voller
James Voller

James Voller is a retired headmaster and Justice of the Peace who has lived in the Cullompton area since 1985.

Apart from being with his growing family, he is a published writer who loves to travel, play golf and listen to music.

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The Saxon word 'tun' means town or settlement.

Columtune simply means the town on the Culm.

Columtune was probably a Saxon settlement.

Cullompton's old water supply, variously known as the Town Lake or Watercourse, was given to the town on 6 May 1356 by the Abbot of Bockland.

It flowed through the town for 600 years until November 1962.
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I live about two and a half miles North of Cullompton nowadays although, until five years ago, I lived in the pretty village of Plymtree about the same distance away but towards the south east of the town.

Like so many people in these parts my family moved into Devon from outside the county – in our case from Norfolk where we’d spent many busy, happy years.

All told, we’ve lived in and around Cullompton for seventeen years and can truthfully say we have had no regrets. It has become our town.

So what's this place like?

Well, the first thing that has to be said is that it is its own town and not a part of Tiverton or a suburb of Exeter.

It sits comfortably between the two in the delightful Culm valley, with its farms and gently rolling hills, close to the busy M5 motorway and only a skip and a jump from the Somerset county boundary.

Sadly, unlike many of the older local folk, I never knew Cullompton before it became so intimately associated with this major highway.

I would love to have lived here before the road was constructed because this is a town with a long and proud history that harks back to uncluttered roads and country lanes and a gentle, peaceful lifestyle.

Cullompton's lovely old buildings

Manor Hotel
Manor Hotel in one of the town's beautiful old sixteenth century buildings

Cullompton has an ancient market place and some beautiful half timbered and tudor looking buildings.

As a great lover of history, these things appeal to me.

But this fine, old town doesn’t just dwell on its ancient past.
It's a lively, bustling place with many notable amenities. There are numerous sporting facilities, a busy commercial life, excellent health care, a rich variety of housing, a beautiful parish church, good educational facilities and several pleasant hostelries.

It’s a progressive place with a lively interest in the future.

Old and new face of Cullompton

It’s obvious that Cullompton is not about to sit on its backside and let the rest of the world go by. It wants and demands a healthy civic future with up to the minute amenities.

St Andrew's Church
St Andrew's Church dominating the Cullompton skyline

Future development of the town centre is just one of the topics of local interest.

Within its bounds there are a number of large housing developments springing up and this puts increasing the pressure on the current services. These matters keep our local representatives pretty busy I can tell you.

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