Great Torrington  Devon


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Great Torrington like this:

Torrington (Great), mun. bor., market town, and par., Devon, on river Torridge, 6 miles SE. of Bideford and 225 from London by rail, 3456 ac., pop. 3445; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. Torrington is an ancient borough, incorporated by Queen Mary, and at one time sent representatives to Parliament. Glove-making is the principal industry. General Monk was born in the neighbourhood; and it was near Torrington that Fairfax in 1646 won his victory over Hopton, and so crushed the royalist cause in the west.

Great Torrington through time

Great Torrington is now part of Torridge district. Click here for graphs and data of how Torridge has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Great Torrington itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Great Torrington, in Torridge and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th May 2024

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