Mid Devon

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Coordinates: 50°54′00″N 3°29′24″W / 50.900°N 3.490°W / 50.900; -3.490

Mid Devon District
Non-metropolitan district
Mid Devon shown within Devon
Mid Devon shown within Devon
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Non-metropolitan county Devon
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Tiverton
Incorporated 1 April 1974
Government
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Mid Devon District Council
 • Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPs Neil Parish
Mel Stride
Area
 • Total 222.8 sq mi (577.1 km2)
Area rank 33rd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 77,900
 • Rank 291st (of 326)
 • Density 350/sq mi (130/km2)
 • Ethnicity 99.2% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 18UD (ONS)
E07000042 (GSS)
OS grid reference SS9523512287
Website www.middevon.gov.uk

Mid Devon is a local government district in Devon, England. Its council is based in Tiverton.

The district was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Tiverton and Crediton urban district together with Tiverton Rural District, and Crediton Rural District.[1] It was originally called Tiverton District, but was renamed in 1978 by resolution of the district council.[2]

Geography[edit]

Mid Devon shares borders with several other Devon districts as well as the county of Somerset. Neighbouring districts include Exeter, East Devon, North Devon, Teignbridge, West Devon and Torridge.

Rivers[edit]

The Exe, the Culm and the Creedy flow through the district.

Raddon Top[edit]

Raddon Top (772 ft.) is the highest point of the Raddon Hills. Excavations at the summit in 1994 uncovered traces of Early Iron Age settlement.[3]

Tourism[edit]

Grand Western Canal[edit]

The Grand Western Canal stretches from Canal Hill in Tiverton to just outside Greenham in Somerset. It no longer operates for trade purposes, but is a popular tourist location. Visitors are able to walk along its banks or take a trip down the canal in a horse drawn barge. A static barge at the Canal Hill end of the canal offers refreshments. The site is one of two tourism spots owned by Devon County Council.

Exmoor[edit]

Exmoor National Park is a national park situated in Mid Devon and Somerset in South West England. The park covers 267 square miles (692 km²) of hilly open moorland. Exmoor is one of the first British National Parks, designated in 1954, and is named after its main river, the River Exe. Several areas of the moor have been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Devon Railway Centre[edit]

The Devon Railway Centre is located at Bickleigh in Mid Devon, in a restored Victorian railway station on the closed Great Western Railway branch from Exeter to Dulverton. The Centre operates a 2 ft (610mm) gauge passenger railway and has a large collection of narrow gauge rolling stock, a miniature railway and a collection of model railways.

Coldharbour Working Wool Museum[edit]

Coldharbour Mill is a Grade II* listed Georgian mill complex in Uffculme, close to junction 27 (Tiverton turnoff) of the M5. The mill has the largest working waterwheel in the south west, and steams up its stationary steam engines most Bank Holidays. It has a number of other collections, such as dolls' houses, a large tapestry showing five local parishes, and a wide range of worsted wool spinning and weaving machines.

Major settlements[edit]

The major town of the district is Tiverton; other towns include Cullompton and Crediton.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972 (SI 1972/2039)
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 47488. p. 3251. 14 March 1978.
  3. ^ Devon Libraries Local Studies Shobroke Community Page, 22 February 2005