The History of Devon

Devon is a large county in England. Its neighbouring counties are Cornwall, Dorset, and Somerset. It was also the first area where people in Great Britain settled towards the end of the ice age. Today, Devon is famous for its sandy beaches and beautiful national parks. However, Devon offers a lot in terms of rich history and cultural heritage.

Pre-historic times in Devon

One reason that makes Devon so rich with history is the remnants of the pre-historic era. The Romans used to live here, and the Roman city wall can still be seen in Devon. The rich cultural history can be seen all over Devon. Start from Buckfast Abbey and move towards Powderham Castle and Exeter Cathedral. Devon also is home to historic landmark buildings like Smeaton’s Tower and South Devon Railway.

One reason that makes Devon stood apart from other counties was that its lack of noblemen and famous people. It was not a part of English Politics. So, Devon remained the place of ordinary people who lived there and owned land.

Epidemics, weather, and occupation changes over the years

Like other places in Europe, Devon was also struck with many epidemics in the 17th and 18th centuries. These diseases took much life. The rough weather during that time also forced people to move away and settle somewhere else. However, agriculture became quite popular in the 19th century. Lately, the tourism industry is the most thriving one in Devon, with the sandy beaches, parks, and historic houses. 

Historical places in Devon

Devon has stories of resilience and myths that were followed by the people – along with its history. It’s a place that offers a large amalgamation of history with changing trends, weather, and occupation. These are some historic places that should be explored when visiting Devon.

Powderham Castle

Margaret De Bohun received Powderham castle as a part of her dowry in 1325 when she married the Earl of Devon – Hugh De Courtenay. This castle remained in the family for 600 years. The castle offers so much history and views to the visitors that it is impossible to see the whole castle in one day. There are acres and acres of land to explore outside the castle. Visitors can also visit the Gardens, Play Area, and Pets Corner.

Dartington Hall

Outside the ancient market of Totnes, you can find Dartington Hall. It is a 1200 acre cultural destination with gardens and woodland walks. Dartington state was purchased by Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst in 1925. They poured a lot of money and work into restoring the state and the Dartington Hall. Dartington is now a massive attraction for creative people from all around the world.

Hartland Abbey and Gardens

If you want to go back in time and a glimpse of that era, then Hartland Abbey is the place for you. The interiors of the houses are enough to lure the visitor into exploring more. It has been with the same family for years and serves as a worthy tourist attraction.

Devon is full of natural landscapes and historical sites. The natural landscape and wildlife can serve to be a perfect getaway from the worldly and chaotic life of cities. Now, you can book a glamping experience at Owl Valley and make the most of your visit to Devon.

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