Photographs, Totnes, Devon, 1900s (AD/19)

SWiB Reference AD/19
Accession Number 55
Coverage Temporal 1900s
Type Photographic

Administrative Detail -

Totnes is a very special and unique market town in the heart of beautiful South Devon. The town is one of Devon's gems; full of both colour and character, that stems from a rich cultural, historical and archaeological heritage. It is the second oldest borough in England, and is full of interesting diversions for the visitor — museums, a riverside with steamer quay, an ancient Guildhall and Church, a Norman Castle and the North and East Gates. The town is an architectural feast to those interested in historic buildings - with fine examples of properties dating back to Norman, Medieval and Tudor times. The name Totnes derives from the Saxon for a fort or lookout on a ridge. The town is known to have been a fortified Saxon settlement, built to protect the upper reaches of the river from Viking raiding parties.

This collection was deposited through Chris Robinson in June 2009. It is unclear as to the precise date of the images, most of them appear to be pre-war.

Scope and Content

Collection of photographs relating to Totnes in Devon.

Access -

Open access.

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Reproduction Conditions

Reproduction from scanned surrogates of originals where copyright does not apply.

Related material

See the Totnes Image Bank website.


Description compiled by Stacey Dyer, Archivist, 26 August 2009.


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