North Tawton is a small market town located right in the heart of the Devonshire countryside.  Situated alongside the River Taw from which it takes its name, it is arguably the smallest town in the county.  Dartmoor, only a few miles away, provides a dramatic backdrop to an ancient settlement whose history began before the Romans established a fortification and continued through the heyday of the wool trade to which North Tawton owns its early prosperity.  Although agriculture has played an important part in shaping the history of the town, it also enjoyed a long industrial tradition.

Today North Tawton is a busy town, facilities include a Primary School, Town Hall, Community Youth and Community Centre, Memorial park with vast amounts of play equipment, Post Office, grocery store, supermarket, butchers,  general store,  doctors surgery, chemist shop, two dentists, two hair salons, Natwest bank, delicatessen/café, fish and chip shop, Kebab/Pizza House, Veterinary Surgery, three Public Houses.  There are two Churches and one Chapel. The Town Council has recently financed the complete refurbishment of the Public Conveniences. The mobile library services visits North Tawton every alternate Friday and Saturday.





Jam and Jerusualem North Tawton TownJam & Jerusalem the British comedy-drama that aired on BBC One from 2006 to 2009 was filmed in North Tawton with some scenes on nearby Dartmoor. Written by Jennifer Saunders and Abigail Wilson, it starred Sue JohnstonJennifer SaundersPauline McLynnDawn FrenchMaggie SteedDavid Mitchell, and Sally PhillipsJoanna Lumley and Doreen Mantle. Many local people were cast as extras. 





The show centred on a Women's Guild in a fictional small West Country town called Clatterford St. Mary.

The Tarka Trail, is 180 miles long, and follows in the footsteps of the character Tarka the Otter from Henry Williamson’s famous novel and passes through North Tawton.  Highlights of the trail include the footbridge over Bailey’s Ford which allows close up views of the river Taw, Walking along the river bank on the Tarka Trail for over a mile. Walking conditions vary from tarmac, country lanes, muddy footpaths and grassy fields. Appropriate footwear is essential for this walk due to muddy sections after rain.

A Tarka Trail Maps booklet, provided by Devon County Council is available.

The Book of North Tawton was first published in 202 was reprinted in October 2011.

The Book was written and compiled by Alison Baker, David Hoare and Jean Shields.

It is a large A4 size, hardback, 160-pages and over 250 historic photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations. It is a fascinating book, well worth a read.

The Book of North Tawton is available from North Tawton Post Office.


Ted Hughes Poet North Tawton

North Tawton is well-known with regard to the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes (1930-1998).  In December 2011 Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate unveiled a memorial dedicated to the memory of Hughes in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey,  in front of more than 300 guests.

A “Blue Plaque” in memory of Ted Hughes OM, was placed on the Town Council Offices in The Square in April 2011.