AXMINSTER - Devon
Map ref SX2998
Axminster, is a pleasant, unspoilt Devon market town
that has charm and character. The town has many interesting and attractive
streets radiating out from the town square and the Minster church of
Axminster is linked in history to the carpet that bears
its name. The carpet industry was started in 1755, by Thomas
whose factory produced the highest quality, custom made carpets
for the country's stately homes and mansion houses.
Barton Manor (NT)
Just to the south west of Axminster is the National Trust
property of Shute Barton Manor. The house with its battlemented turrets
is one of the most important non-fortified manor houses in the Country.
Shute Barton was constructed circa 1380 and has been
occupied by the Carew Pole family since the 16th century. The manor
claims to have the largest example of a fireplace in England (and possibly
the world)! The fireplace is 22 feet (6.6 meters) in width and stands
7 feet (2.1m meters) in height.