Place:Honiton, Devon, England

Alt namesHonetonasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 82
Honetonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 82
TypeTown, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates50.8°N 3.217°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoAxminster Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which the borough was located
East Devon District, Devon, Englandmodern district to which the borough has been transferred
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Honiton is a market town and civil parish in Devon, England, situated close to the River Otter, 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Exeter. Honiton had a population estimated at 11,800 in 2009. (Source:Wikipedia)

Between 1894 and 1974 Honiton was a municipal borough. Since 1974 the town has been located in the East Devon District.


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The town grew along the line of the Fosse Way, the ancient Roman road linking Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) to Lincoln (Lindum) on which it was an important stopping point. The location is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Honetone, meaning a farm belonging to Huna. It became an important market town, known for its lace making that was introduced by Flemish immigrants in the Elizabethan era. In the 17th century thousands of people produced lace by hand in their homes, and later in the 19th century Queen Victoria had her wedding dress made of Honiton lace. The town also became known for its pottery. In the mid-18th century the town was largely destroyed by fire. Georgian houses were then built to replace some of those that had been destroyed. Honiton more than doubled in size between the 1960s and 2005, with most development taking place south of the Exeter to Waterloo railway line.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Honiton. There is more in Wikipedia about Honiton's importance in lacemaking.

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