Okehampton

 

Okehampton Town

Okehampton is on the north edge of Dartmoor, bordering the National Park, just off the A30.  It is an ideal base from which to explore Dartmoor with its highest Tors within walking distance of Okeside Cottage.  Being centrally located within the county, it is also ideal for exploring the many historic sites in Devon as well as the North Devon area.

 

 

 

Okehampton is on several well known walking and cycling routes, for example the Tarka trail, Granite Way, National Cycle Route 27, Devon Coast to Coast and Two Moors Way.

 

 

     
     

History of Okehampton

Okehampton has been greeting visitors for over 2000 years. The area was initially settled in the bronze age, extensive evidence of which can still be found on the slopes of surrounding moorland.

 

There has been a settlement here since Neolithic times, and the town occupies a strategic position along the main route from Exeter to Cornwall. Saxon rule came in the 7th century; the name 'Ocmundtune', meaning settlement by theOckement, is first recorded in AD 980 as a place where slaves were freed at a cross-roads so they could choose their own destiny. The Saxon settlement was probably built up around the parish church, which still stands over half a mile from the modern town.

 

   

The town's modern history began with the construction of the Norman castle shortly after the Norman conquest (circa 1086) and substantial ruins of the Castle and its Keep survive today.

 

   

The area was once home to a thriving tin and copper-mining industry and the source of much of the granite used to build the local houses. Okeside Cottage is itself constructed of granite; the row of Victorian cottages is thought to have been built in the 1870s to house the local mineworkers.

 

   

Buildings of interest around the town include the 14th century parish church with it's stained glass windows by William Morris, A Georgian coaching Inn (The White Hart - currently closed for refurbishment), and a restored 19th century mill housing The Museum of Dartmoor Life.

   

 

The market town has a good selection of shops, several of which are independently owned and situated in the Victorian Arcade, which is reminiscent of the Burlington Arcade in London.

   
     
     
     

 

   
     

 

   

 

   

Okeside Cottage          7 New Road, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1JE          tel: 01837 55363          email: bookings@okesidecottage.co.uk