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Friday, May 9, 2008

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge, south of Totnes and north of Salcombe, retains the authentic and tranquil feel of a traditional Devon market town.


Kingsbridge, Devon

Image © Jake Davies

Located in the South Hams on the Kingsbridge estuary, the town is 6 miles upstream from the sea.

Dating back to the 10th century, Kingsbridge has a more authentic feel than the yachting mecca of Salcombe to the south. Pretty cobbled streets, a thriving market and some good pubs and restaurants make the town popular with visitors in the summer months.

Present-day Kingsbridge is actually an amalgamation of the historic villages of Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke. The area was owned by the abbots of nearby Buckfast Abbey and the charter for its market dates from 1219.

Kingsbridge map

Things to do in Kingsbridge include visiting the Cookworthy Museum of Rural Life (Tel: 01548 853 235), housed in the old Grammar School and named after local resident and Quaker William Cookworthy, who produced England's first china clay found in Cornwall and made the country's first home-produced porcelain in the mid-18th century. The museum exhibits an eclectic array of carts, costumes, farming equipment, ploughs and even school desks.

Kingsbridge Tourist Office (Tel: 01548 853 195) is located on the quay and provides information on local sights and accommodation.


Cookworthy Museum of Rural Life
108 Fore Street
Kingsbridge
Devon
TQ7 1AW
Tel: 01548 853235

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