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Newton Abbot is a market town and civil parish since 1974 in the Teignbridge District of Devon, England on the River Teign, with a population of 23,580 in 2001. Newton Abbot was located in the Teignbridge Hundred and was a Registration District and Subdistrict from 1837 until 1930. It became an urban district in 1894.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Newton Abbot from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:
- "Newton Abbot, market town with ry. sta., partly in Highweek par. but chiefly in Wolborough with Newton Abbot par., Devon, at head of Teign estuary, 16 miles S. of Exeter and 214 SW. of London by rail, population: 9,826; P.O., [telegraph office], 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Newton Abbot is a considerable town, and is the most important sta. on the South Devon line between Exeter and Plymouth. It is situated in the heart of a fertile and richly cultivated district, and presents a most picturesque appearance.
- "The town consists of 2 parts - viz., Newton Abbot in Wolborough par., and Newton Bushel forming the portion in High-week par. The latter was at one time a separate town. The chief object of interest in Newton Abbot is the pedestal of the market cross, from which, in 1688, William III made his first proclamation after landing at Torbay. The chief industries of the town are brewing, iron-founding, and tanning; there is also a considerable trade in corn, timber, and potter's clay, for the loading of which large and convenient wharves have been erected."
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Newton Abbot.