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Ashburton was the first place to elect a candidate of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party to public office. The candidate was Alan Hope, a local publican, who was elected unopposed to Ashburton Town Council in 1989. He subsequently became Deputy Mayor and later Mayor of Ashburton.

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Voted Devon's Top Beauty Spot and chosen as one of the WWF's Amazing Family Days Out,...

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Located in beautiful Dartmoor, Ashburton is easy to reach, less than 1.5 hours drive from Bristol and just 3 hours by train from London...

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The town is one of a few to still annually appoint a Portreeve or 'port warden'. Others are Laugharne, Beccles, Callington (where the name is given to the council chairman), Cheevel, and Yeovil.

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Large Benedictine monastery rebuilt on medieval foundations. Many art treasures in the...

Ashburton Carnival is one of the oldest, possibly the oldest, surviving in Devon. Written records date it back to 1891, but it is believed to have been started in the mid-1880s to raise funds for a new hospital.

Horse welfare charity The Mare and Foal Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes...

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Bakers Park is situated on the outskirts of Newton Abbot on the A381, Totnes Road. It is...

The name is recorded in the Domesday Book (1086) as Essebretone. Ashburton was then the main town of the Parish of Ashburton, in Teignbridge Hundred. During the English Civil War, Ashburton was a temporary refuge for Royalist troops fleeing after their defeat by General Fairfax at nearby Bovey Tracey.

Ashburton Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1910. The club continued into the 1920s.[4]

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Hound Tor is certainly worth a visit. It is reputed to be the inspiration for the Hound...

Ashmoor Hockey Club was formed in 2003 and plays at South Dartmoor Community College.

St Lawrence Chapel is a Grade ll* Listed Building in St Lawrence Lane in the centre of the town. Originally a chantry chapel and then a grammar school for over 600 years, St Lawrence Chapel is now an important heritage, cultural and community centre, managed by the Guild of St Lawrence.

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The town is host to a number of unusual ceremonial events dating from the stannary days, including an ale tasting and bread weighing ceremony (held at the end of July each year).  There's also a sports centre and a museum covering the history of mining and wool processing in the town.

Venford is one of the smaller reservoirs of Dartmoor, but also one of the prettiest. It...

Saint Gudula Well and Cross in Old Totnes Road is probably named after St Gulval, also honoured at Gulval in Cornwall.

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It was formerly important as a stannary town (a centre for the administration of tin-mining), and remains the largest town within the National Park, with a population of around 3,800, increasing to 4,170 in 2011.[citation needed] Ashburton has five pubs within the centre of town, and two restaurants. The town is also part of the electoral ward named Ashburton and Buckfastleigh, the population of which at the 2011 census was 7,718.[1]

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This 4 hectare lake supports a wealth of water birds and an excellent assemblage of...

The parish church of St Andrew is a fine building of the 15th century with a tall tower and two aisles. The 15th-century church tower includes sculptures by Herbert Read, who also carved the oak reredos. One window has stained glass designed by C. E. Kempe. The porch is partly Norman.[5]

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Due to its location Ashburton is an ideal base for visitors interested in walking, canoeing, pony trekking and fishing. 

Ashburton is a small town on the south-southeastern edge of Dartmoor in Devon, adjacent to the A38.

Riverside Mill plays host to one of the South West’s biggest crafts venue with galleries,...

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House of Marbles is a unique attraction located in Bovey Tracey, the 'Gateway to the...