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.