Place:Great Torrington, Devon, England

NameGreat Torrington
Alt namesToritonasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 81
Toritonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 81
Torringtonsource: Wikipedia
TypeTown, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates50.95°N 4.15°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoFremington Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which the borough was located
Torridge District, Devon, Englandmodern district into which the borough was transferred in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Great Torrington (often abbreviated to Torrington, though the villages of Little Torrington and Black Torrington are situated in the same region) is a small market town in the north of Devon, England. Parts of it are sited on high ground with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. The centre of the town therefore commands spectacular views, though lower-lying parts are prone to occasional flooding. Torrington is in the very heart of Tarka Country, a landscape captured by Henry Williamson in his novel Tarka the Otter in 1927.

There were Iron Age and medieval castles and forts in Torrington, located on the Castle Hill.

Great Torrington had strategic significance in the English Civil War. In the Battle of Torrington (1646), the Parliamentarians, led by Sir Thomas Fairfax, swept into the town and defeated Lord Hopton's forces. This marked the end of Royalist resistance in the West Country.

Between 1894 and 1974 Great Torrington was a municipal borough. Since 1974 the town has been located in the Torridge District of Devon.

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