When you make your visit to Totnes come and see the background to this historic town by visiting the Totnes Image Banks archive exhibition. We will show you how the town developed from early times to how the town traded by river and rail, contributed to 2 world wars, has a rich Civic and social life and much more. The earliest images of Totnes date from 1864 and follow events recorded in the photographs.
The digital A to Z database of over 60.000 images contains a vast range of subjects and places from Totnes and around South Devon. Plus the Dartington Rural Archive records a life long past of farming and villages.
Based at Town Mill by Morrisons carpark. Open on Tuesdays & Fridays – 10am to 4pm.
Entry is free of charge, donations please to support the charitable trust.
The Elizabethan House Museum is one of the finest restored Tudor town houses in the country. Built in about 1575 for cloth merchant Walter Kellond, it has twelve galleries, a courtyard, and a herb garden. It contains a wide range of exhibits and a room devoted to Charles Babbage who originated the concept of the computer.
Totnes Guildhall was built in 1553 on the ruins of the medieval priory, founded in 1088. It has been the heart of the town’s administrative, legal and ceremonial life for centuries, serving as court, prison and meeting place.The Guildhall has been the home of the Town Council for over 450 years. Take a look at the boards in the Lower Hall on which over 600 mayors are listed in gold leaf. Come and see the beautiful premises, which were rebuilt as the meeting place of the Merchant Guild, and feel the history at the former local Magistrates’ Court which was used from 1624 to 1974. See the original cells where, until 1887, prisoners awaited trial and punishment. Climb the 17th century stairs to the elegant Council Chamber, with its plaster frieze and the table where Oliver Cromwell sat in 1646. Opening Times July to 31st October, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm