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Mid Devon

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

Mid Devon District
Mid Devon shown within Devon
Mid Devon shown within Devon
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyDevon
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQTiverton
Formed1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyMid Devon District Council
 • MPsRichard Foord
Mel Stride
 • Total352.5 sq mi (912.9 km2)
 • Rank32nd (of 296)
 • Total83,786
 • Rank274th (of 296)
 • Density240/sq mi (92/km2)
 • Ethnicity
99.2% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code18UD (ONS)
E07000042 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSS9523512287

Mid Devon is a local government district in Devon, England. The council is based in the district's largest town of Tiverton. The district also contains the towns of Bampton, Bradninch, Crediton and Cullompton, along with numerous villages and surrounding rural areas. Part of the district lies within the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The neighbouring districts are East Devon, Teignbridge, West Devon, Torridge, North Devon and Somerset.



The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, covering the area of four former districts which were all abolished at the same time:[1]

The new district was initially named Tiverton, after its largest town.[2] The district was renamed Mid Devon with effect from 6 February 1978 by resolution of the district council.[3][4]



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. The area of Mid Devon, according to the Office for National Statistics Census table KS101EW is 91293.48 hectares, or 912.9348 sq kilometres, or 352.5 square miles.[5]



The Exe, the Culm, the Yeo, the Dalch, the Little Dart, the Taw, the Dart, the Brockley, the Creedy and the Spratford Stream flow through the district.

Raddon Top


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.[6]


Mid Devon District Council
Frank Letch,
Liberal Democrat
since 24 May 2023
Luke Taylor,
Liberal Democrat
since 24 May 2023
Stephen Walford[7]
since 2016
Seats42 councillors
Political groups
Administration (35)
  Liberal Democrats (35)
Other parties (7)
  Conservative (3)
  Green (3)
  Independent (1)
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, EX16 6PP

Mid Devon District Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Devon County Council.[8] The whole district is also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.[9]

Political control


The council has been under Liberal Democrat majority control since the 2023 election.

The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1974 has been as follows:[10][11]

Party in control Years
Independent 1974–1995
Liberal Democrats 1995–1999
No overall control 1999–2023
Liberal Democrats 2023–present



The leaders of the council since 2013 have been:[12]

Councillor Party From To
Peter Hare-Scott Conservative pre-2013 29 Oct 2014
Clive Eginton Conservative 29 Oct 2014 22 May 2019
Bob Deed Independent 22 May 2019 22 Feb 2023
Barry Warren[13] Independent 22 Feb 2023 7 May 2023
Luke Taylor Liberal Democrats 24 May 2023



Following the 2023 election and subsequent by-elections and changes of allegiance up to July 2024, the composition of the council was:[14][15]

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrats 35
Conservative 3
Green 3
Independent 1
Total 42

The next election is due in 2027.



Since the last boundary changes in 2023 the council has comprised 42 councillors, representing 22 wards, with each ward electing one, two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.[16]



Since January 2004 the council has been based at a modern office building called Phoenix House on Phoenix Lane in Tiverton.[17][18]



Grand Western Canal


The Grand Western Canal stretches from Canal Hill in Tiverton to just before the county boundary, near to Greenham, 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.

Devon Railway Centre


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


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.

Towns and parishes


Mid Devon is entirely divided into civil parishes. Some of the smaller parishes have a parish meeting rather than a parish council, whilst the three parishes of Clayhanger, Hockworthy and Huntsham share a grouped parish council called Borden Gate Parish Council. The parish councils for Bampton, Bradninch, Crediton, Cullompton and Tiverton take the style "town council".[19]

See also



  1. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 30 July 2023
  2. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 31 May 2023
  3. ^ Alterations in status and area of local authorities for period February 1978–September 1978 (PDF). London: Department of the Environment. 1978. p. 2. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  4. ^ "No. 47488". The London Gazette. 14 March 1978. p. 3251.
  5. ^ "Data Viewer - Nomis - Official Census and Labour Market Statistics".
  6. ^ "Devon Libraries Local Studies Shobroke Community Page, 22 February 2005". Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2007.
  7. ^ "Meet the leadership team". Mid Devon District Council. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  8. ^ "Local Government Act 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 31 May 2023
  9. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  10. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  11. ^ "Mid Devon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Council minutes". Mid Devon District Council. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  13. ^ Heptinstall, Ollie (23 February 2023). "New Mid Devon leader appointed after predecessor resigns". Mid Devon Advertiser. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  14. ^ "Local elections 2023: live council results for England". The Guardian.
  15. ^ "Mid Devon". Local Councils. Thorncliffe. Retrieved 2 July 2024.
  16. ^ "The Mid Devon (Electoral Changes) Order 2021", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2021/889, retrieved 30 July 2023
  17. ^ "Contact details and opening hours". Mid Devon District Council. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  18. ^ "Mid Devon District Council is on the move". Archived from the original on 5 January 2004. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  19. ^ "Town and parish council contact details". Mid Devon District Council. Retrieved 30 July 2023.

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