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Canals and Waterways

Peaceful and thought-provoking scenes of life down by the water.

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Caption for Tiverton, On The Canal 1903: The Grand Western Canal was a 19th- century dream, planned to run from Taunton to the River Exe near Exeter. In the event, the main line from Taunton was built as a tub boat canal with a very short life, and an 11-mile stretch from Loudwells to Tiverton was built as a barge canal. Tiverton was actually a branch from the main line. Today, you can take a trip on this section aboard a horse-drawn barge from Tiverton.

Memories of Tiverton

I travelled with my parents every year from the age of one to stay with my grandmother, Bertha Roberts and my Aunt Kate, at 183 Chapel Street, Tiverton. Memories are of Mr Bright's General Grocers shop opposite the row of houses and, down the road, a pub which usually had, seated outside, two Dalmation dogs. (...Read full memory)

This beautiful view of the main entrance to the Peoples Park contrasts sadly with the vista today. Many of the mature landscape trees have gone although the lodge by the ornate gates still stands as this continues to be owned by our council. Nearby there is now a memorial stone commemorating the US Army 4th (...Read full memory)

Tiverton is an attractive market town in mid-Devon but I have to confess I had never heard of it until the first of the family moved here in 2005! Elizabeth and I were spending a weekend in Exeter with our son David and his partner Amanda and thought it would be nice to call in to have tea with cousin (...Read full memory)

The Westexe Park sadly no longer has the beautiful flowerbeds featured in this 1955 view. I walked through this park today leading a party from the Tiverton Walk and Talk Group from the Heathcoat Community Centre. Even the grass has been neglected and has lots of mud and duck poo! Our walk took us up Longdrag (...Read full memory)

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