you've watched "Down to Earth" with Pauline
Quirke and Warren Clarke on BBC One TV then you've already seen
quite a lot of Great Torrington (there's a "Little" and
a "Black" one too!).
from being the home of some of North Devon's most famous visitor
attractions - like Dartington Crystal, the Royal Horticultural Society's
gardens at Rosemoor and new for 2000, the Civil War experience of
"Torrington 1646", this pretty market town has
much, much more to set it apart.
random collection of reasons to visit my home town of Great Torrington
might include any number of things - here are just one or two for
you to choose from:
about Great Torrington's pannier market - restored to its glass-roofed
Victorian charm and bustle, full of local produce, craft stalls
the pannier market
open every weekday with special events each Thursday, Friday and
Then there's the terrifyingly steep drop from Castle Hill down to
the sparkle of the river Torridge as it flows down towards Bideford,
beside the Tarka Trail cycle and footpath.
And what about the brooding stone obelisk half-way down the hill
- erected to commemorate the heroes of Waterloo by "the ladies
of Great Torrington" - now there's exercise for the imagination!
Dimmock led a team of townsfolk to transform the Vicarage
away from the middle of town the walled Vicarage Garden has just
become a "Garden Army" community makeover project, personally
supervised for TV by the inimitable Charlie Dimmock. It's
now supplying an increasing variety of organic traditional vegetables,
fruit and herbs to the Pannier Market.
over the road in the parish churchyard, there's a curious , cobble-covered
mound said to contain the remains of Royalist prisoners killed when
an accidental gunpowder explosion destroyed the church during one
of the battles of the English Civil War. Dowsers claim there are
over 60 bodies buried there!
on Great Torrington