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Axminster Town in Devon

Photograph of Axminster

Location

Axminster is a market town and civil parish on the eastern border between Devon and Dorset. It lies 28 miles from Exeter.

The town is built on a hill overlooking the River Axe which heads towards the English Channel at Axmouth, and is in the East Devon local government district.

At the 2001 census, it had a population of 5,626. A market is still held every Thursday.

Axminster gave its name to a type of carpet. An Axminster-type power loom is capable of weaving high quality carpets with many varying colours and patterns. While Axminster carpet is made in the town of Axminster, this type of carpet is now manufactured all over the world.

The town dates back to the Celtic times of around 300 BC. It lies on two major Roman roads: the Fosse Way from Lincoln to Seaton, and the Dorchester?Exeter road. There was a Roman fort on the crossroads at Woodbury Farm, just south of the present town.

Axminster was recorded in the late 9th century as Ascanmynster and in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aixeministra. The name means \"monastery or large church by the River Axe\" and is a mixture of languages; the river name Axe has Celtic origins and mynster is an Old English word.

The history of the town is very much linked to the carpet industry, started by Thomas Whitty at Court House near the church in 1755. The completion of the early hand tufted carpets was marked by a peal of bells from the parish church as it took a great amount of time and labour to complete them.

In 1210, a charter was granted to the town that included the right to hold a weekly cattle market which took place in the market square until it was moved to Trinity Square in 1834. It then moved in October 1912 to a site off South Street where it was held for 94 years. It finally closed in 2006 in the aftermath of the 2001 United Kingdom foot-and-mouth outbreak.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Axminster Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Axminster

Dining out near Axminster

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Axminster, Musbury, Seaton and Honiton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowAxminster

arrowHoniton

arrowSidmouth

arrowCullompton

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowHoniton

	arrowSidmouth

	arrowOttery St Mary

	arrowBudleigh Salterton

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Exmoor, Newton Abbot, Paignton and Brixham.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions

There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Axminster

	arrowShute Barton

	arrowBurrow Farm Gardens

Seaton

	arrowSeaton Tramway

	arrowPecorama

	arrowBranscombe Mill and Forge

Honiton

	arrowThelma Hulbert Gallery

Ottery St Mary

	arrowCadhay House

	arrowCadhay Gardens

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