Honiton - East Devon market town

Honiton market

Nestling in the Otter valley the modern day market town of Honiton still bears some resemblance to the original settlement based on the Saxon plan from around the year 1200. Famous for it’s lace the town has a long and interesting history and still has lots to offer the visitor today.

The Romans built a road connecting various military forts and bases, which passed through Honiton on its way to Exeter. The main High Street follows the route of this road. By the mid 1600s the town was well known as a centre for lace making. In 1676 there were 5,299 lace makers in East Devon with 1341 of them in Honiton itself.

The lace merchants sent lace to London and other important markets. At first by stagecoach and later by rail. Why not visit the Allhallows and Honiton Museum if you’re interested in the history of lace making?

For many hundreds of years there’s been a market in the town, it’s still there on Tuesday and Saturday. The farmers bring animals to the stock market and their wives buy the things that they need for the week ahead in the street market.

There are some excellent bargains to be had here for everyone. Once a month there is a Farmer’s Market where you can buy farm fresh local produce.
Honiton street market The town is well known as a centre for antiques too. There’s a range of excellent shops to choose from. You can see everything from Honiton pottery and lace through to antique pens and other collectibles and glassware, antiquarian books, as well as all kinds of French, English and other European furniture.

It’s well worth spending a day browsing around the antique shops. I guarantee you’ll find something to interest you and you’ll learn something even if you can resist buying. Our staff are currently writing a review of the antique shops in Honiton, subscribe to our RSS feed to receive details as soon as this is complete.

If you enjoy art then don’t miss the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Dowell Street and the Walker Gallery in the High Street.

There are plenty of good eating places too. The Boston Tea Party and the Red Cow both in the High Street, Kristians in Black Lion Court, Merlettos, formerly the Lace Shop and now an excellent café, the Carlton Inn, the Honiton Wine Bar, the Dolphin and the Tea Shop all offer a place to sit down and relax after a hard morning touring the antique shops.

If you fancy a take-away then try Joe’s Fish and Chips in New Street, a Taste of Bengal for prize winning Indian food or one of the two Chinese take-aways, the Kebab shop or the Italian fare on offer at Bar 102, all in the High Street.

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