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Driving Lessons Newton Abbot

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Newton Abbot Driving Instructors

Richard - Manual Intensive Courses

Annie - Automatic Weekly Lessons & Auto Intensive Courses
Carl - Manual Weekly Lessons
Tristan - Manual Weekly Lessons

Anna - Manual Weekly Lessons

Our Services

Welcome to our Services section. Here, you will find a range of driving courses tailored to suit your needs. Whether you are a beginner or looking to enhance your driving skills, we have the perfect solution for you. Our team of experienced instructors will provide you with comprehensive driving lessons in Newton Abbot, ensuring you become a confident and safe driver.

Driving Lessons

Our driving lessons are designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a competent driver. With our expert instructors, you will learn the rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and gain practical experience in various driving conditions. Choose between manual and automatic driving lessons to suit your preference.

Intensive Driving Courses

If you're looking to obtain your driver's license quickly, our intensive driving courses are the perfect option. These courses are designed to provide concentrated training over a shorter period of time, allowing you to become a confident driver in no time. Our instructors will work closely with you to ensure you receive the necessary skills and knowledge to pass your driving test.

Advanced Driving Courses

Take your driving skills to the next level with our advanced driving courses. Designed for experienced drivers, these courses focus on enhancing your driving techniques, improving hazard perception, and developing advanced driving skills. Our instructors will provide you with personalized training to help you become a safer and more confident driver on the road.

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The History of Newton Abbot

 Let’s delve into the fascinating history of Newton Abbot, a market town nestled in the picturesque landscape of Devon, England.

Early Newton Abbot

In the 13th century, England was divided into areas known as manors. South of the River Lemon lay a manor owned by the Abbey of Torre. In 1220, the Abbot founded a new town south of the river, gaining the right to hold weekly markets. These markets were essential hubs for trade and commerce during the Middle Ages. Additionally, the Abbot was granted permission to organize an annual fair, drawing buyers and sellers from a wide area. This bustling little town became known as Newton Abbot (meaning “new town”)1.

Around the same time, another manor north of the river created a second new town. Owned by the Bushel family, this town was granted similar market rights and became known as Newton Bushel. Both towns thrived, with wool and leather goods industries contributing to their prosperity. However, they remained separate entities until a pivotal moment in the 17th century.

Unification and Growth

In 1663, Richard Yarde merged the markets and fairs of the two towns. The Newton Bushel market closed, and business shifted to Newton Abbot. Despite this unification, the towns retained their distinct identities. The Yarde family also left their mark by constructing Bradley Manor House in the early 15th century.

The 18th century saw boats from Newton Abbot sailing down the river to Newfoundland for fishing—a connection still remembered today in the street name Newfoundland Way. Unfortunately, this industry waned in the 19th century.

Victorian Era and Industrial Progress

The Victorian era brought transformative changes. In 1846, the arrival of the railway revolutionized Newton Abbot. Workshops for repairing locomotives and carriages sprang up, propelling the town’s rapid growth. By the early 19th century, the combined population of the twin towns stood at around 2,400. In 1901, they finally merged under a single council.

Newton Abbot also played a significant role in ball clay quarrying from the late 18th century onward. Initially used for making clay pipes, this industry contributed to the town’s economy.

Amenities and Challenges

As amenities improved, Newton Abbot gained gaslight in 1839 and a cottage hospital in 1873 (later replaced by a larger hospital). A library opened its doors in 1904, and gaslight returned in 1924. A poignant war memorial commemorates those from Newton Abbot who lost their lives in the First World War.

However, the town faced challenges, including devastating floods in 1851, 1894, 1938, and 1979. Despite these setbacks, the Market Walk Shopping Centre opened in 1979, adding to the town’s vibrancy.

Modern Newton Abbot

By 1951, the population had surged to 16,000, and today, in 2021, it stands at approximately 26,000. Newton Abbot continues to thrive, blending its rich heritage with modern amenities, picturesque surroundings, and a vibrant community.

So next time you stroll through the streets of Newton Abbot, remember the centuries of history that have shaped this remarkable town! 🏰🌳🚂

Let’s explore the intriguing transport history of Newton Abbot, a town steeped in both tradition and progress.

Early History

Newton Abbot’s roots trace back to the 13th century. At that time, England was divided into manors, and one such manor south of the River Lemon was owned by the Abbey of Torre. In 1220, the Abbot established a new town south of the river, granting it the right to hold weekly markets. This bustling market town became known as Newton Abbot (meaning “new town”)1.

The Railway Revolution

The Victorian era brought transformative changes to Newton Abbot. In 1846, the town witnessed the arrival of the railway system, which extended from nearby Teignmouth. Workshops were established in Newton Abbot to repair locomotives, and this marked a turning point. The town rapidly evolved from a simple market town into an industrial hub2.

South Devon Railway Locomotive Works

During the Victorian era, Newton Abbot gained prominence as the home of the South Devon Railway locomotive works. These workshops played a crucial role in maintaining and servicing steam engines. The locomotive works continued to serve British Railways’ diesel locomotives until 1981. Today, the site houses the Brunel industrial estate1.

Newton Abbot Railway Station

The town’s railway station has its own story. Originally known simply as “Newton,” it was later renamed “Newton Abbot” in 18773. The station played a pivotal role in connecting Newton Abbot to other parts of England, facilitating trade, travel, and communication.

Market Town to Industrial Base

Newton Abbot’s transport history reflects its journey from medieval markets to industrial prominence. The thriving market, which has existed for over 750 years, remains an integral part of the town’s heritage. Traces of Neolithic inhabitants, Roman coins, and Norman castle remains all contribute to the rich tapestry of Newton Abbot’s past14.

So next time you pass through Newton Abbot, remember the locomotives, markets, and centuries of history that have shaped this vibrant town! 🚂🏢🌳

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