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Home Town  Honiton
Honiton town centre
A colourful display of flowers in Honiton town centre
Ian Macnab takes you on a personal tour of his home town - Honiton in East Devon.

It's a market town with a lively trade in antiques, lace and local pottery.
Ian Macnab
This Home Town article has been written by Ian Macnab. Ian was born in Glasgow, but came to live in Devon with his wife Sandra in 1995. He fell in love with Honiton and the whole county immediately.

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Wool and cloth were some of the first goods to be traded on a commercial basis in the town in the 13th Century.

By the 19th Century, around the year 1881, Honiton's repute had spread beyond fabrics and wool, to pottery.

It began to produce highly unusual and world renown pieces after the Second World War, when its art deco pieces established the town as a centre for expertise.

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Honiton, the 'gateway' to Devon and Cornwall, stands on the main road & rail route to London and Exeter.

A pleasant residential and market town, Honiton is world famous both for its lace products and the unique hand painted pottery produced here.

The visitor to this friendly town will be delighted at the number and variety of antique shops and could while away many hours browsing through them.

Honiton street market
Honiton's vibrant street market

Each Tuesday and Saturday, Honiton has market stalls lining each side of the broad main street.

You can buy such diverse items as clothing, electrical goods, books and paintings, as well as antiques and bric-a-brac.

With the addition of local garden centre products, the end result is a colourful vibrant display.

The local museum has a wealth of artefacts from Honiton's colourful past, situated on the high street next to St. Paul's church it's certainly worth a visit.

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Ian pictured outside Honiton Museum

Honiton is said to be the first place in Devon in which wool was manufactured into cloth.

The serges produced from the looms in the town enjoyed a great reputation for their quality.

Sadly, with the advent of cotton, there was a decline in demand and eventually only one serge-maker survived.

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