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Great Torrington (often abbreviated to Torrington, though the villages of Little Torrington and Black Torrington are situated in the same region) is a small market town in the north of Devon, England. [1]

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Act of Parliament

Acts of Parliament, also called primary legislation, are statutes passed by a parliament (legislature).

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Adrian Fortescue (martyr)

Sir Adrian Fortescue (1476 – 9 July 1539) was a courtier at the court of King Henry VIII of England who was executed in 1539 and later beatified as a Roman Catholic martyr.

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Anglicanism is a Western Christian tradition that evolved out of the practices, liturgy and identity of the Church of England following the Protestant Reformation.

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Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball.

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Barnstaple railway station

Barnstaple railway station is the northern terminus of the Tarka Line and serves the town of Barnstaple, Devon.

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Battle of Torrington

The Battle of Torrington (16 February 1646) was a decisive battle of the south-western campaign of the First English Civil War and marked the end of Royalist resistance in the West Country.

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Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Beeching cuts

The Beeching cuts (also Beeching Axe) were a reduction of route network and restructuring of the railways in Great Britain, according to a plan outlined in two reports, The Reshaping of British Railways (1963) and The Development of the Major Railway Trunk Routes (1965), written by Dr Richard Beeching and published by the British Railways Board.

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Bideford railway station

The first Bideford railway station was opened on 2 November 1855 as the terminus of the Bideford Extension Railway from Barnstaple.

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Black Torrington

Black Torrington is a village and civil parish in mid Devon, England, situated between the towns of Holsworthy and Hatherleigh.

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A brewery or brewing company is a business that makes and sells beer.

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Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries is a French shipping company that operates a fleet of ferries and cruiseferries between France and United Kingdom, Ireland, and Spain, and between United Kingdom and Spain.

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Cask ale

Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure.

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Castle Hill, Torrington

There are two hills named Castle Hill within the immediate environs of Great Torrington in Devon, England.

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The term Cavalier was first used by Roundheads as a term of abuse for the wealthier Royalist supporters of King Charles I and his son Charles II of England during the English Civil War, the Interregnum, and the Restoration (1642 – c. 1679).

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Charity school

A charity school, sometimes called a blue coat school, was significant in the history of education in England.

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Chief Justice of the Common Pleas

The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas was the head of the Court of Common Pleas, also known as the Common Bench or Common Place, which was the second-highest common law court in the English legal system until 1875, when it, along with the other two common law courts and the equity and probate courts, became part of the High Court of Justice.

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Church (building)

A church building or church house, often simply called a church, is a building used for Christian religious activities, particularly for worship services.

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Clay is a finely-grained natural rock or soil material that combines one or more clay minerals with possible traces of quartz (SiO2), metal oxides (Al2O3, MgO etc.) and organic matter.

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Co-op Food

Co-op Food, previously trading as The Co-operative Food, is a brand devised for the food retail business of the consumer co-operative movement in the United Kingdom.

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Common land

Common land is land owned collectively by a number of persons, or by one person, but over which other people have certain traditional rights, such as to allow their livestock to graze upon it, to collect wood, or to cut turf for fuel.

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Costume is the distinctive style of dress of an individual or group that reflects their class, gender, profession, ethnicity, nationality, activity or epoch.

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Dartington Crystal

Based in Torrington in north Devon, England, Dartington Crystal manufactures crystal glassware using traditional hand-making glass blowing techniques.

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Denys Rolle (died 1638)

Denys Rolle (1614–1638) of Bicton and Stevenstone in Devon was Sheriff of Devon in 1636.

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Devon, also known as Devonshire, which was formerly its common and official name, is a county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south.

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Elizabeth Johnson (pamphleteer)

Elizabeth Johnson née Reynolds (8 July 1721 – 14 May 1800) was an English pamphleteer who attempted to win one of the rewards offered by the Longitude Act passed in 1714.

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England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.

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English Civil War

The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians ("Roundheads") and Royalists ("Cavaliers") over, principally, the manner of England's governance.

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English feudal barony

In the kingdom of England, a feudal barony or barony by tenure was the highest degree of feudal land tenure, namely per baroniam (Latin for "by barony") under which the land-holder owed the service of being one of the king's barons.

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A festival is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its religion or cultures.

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A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land that is usually dry.

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Floruit, abbreviated fl. (or occasionally, flor.), Latin for "he/she flourished", denotes a date or period during which a person was known to have been alive or active.

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A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature.

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Great Torrington School

Great Torrington School is a mixed secondary school located in Great Torrington in the English county of Devon.

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Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Hatfield is a town and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England, in the borough of Welwyn Hatfield.

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Henry Fortescue (Lord Chief Justice)

Sir Henry Fortescue (fl. 1426), was Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.

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Henry Williamson

Henry William Williamson (1 December 1895 – 13 August 1977) was an English army officer, naturalist, farmer and ruralist writer known for his natural history and social history novels.

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Historical reenactment

Historical reenactment (or re-enactment) is an educational or entertainment activity in which people follow a plan to recreate aspects of a historical event or period.

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James Basset

James Basset (1526–1558) was a gentleman from an ancient Devonshire family who became a servant of Stephen Gardiner (c. 1483–1555), Bishop of Winchester, by whom he was nominated MP for Taunton in 1553, for Downton in 1554, both episcopal boroughs.

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John Basset (1462–1528)

Sir John Basset (1462–31 January 1528), KB, of Tehidy in Cornwall and Umberleigh in Devon was Sheriff of Cornwall in 1497, 1517 and 1522 and Sheriff of Devon in 1524.

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John Fortescue (judge)

Sir John Fortescue (1394 – December 1479) of Ebrington in Gloucestershire, was Chief Justice of the King's Bench and was the author of De Laudibus Legum Angliae (Commendation of the Laws of England), first published posthumously circa 1543), an influential treatise on English law. In the course of Henry VI's reign, Fortescue was appointed one of the governors of Lincoln's Inn three times and served as a Member of Parliament from 1421 to 1437. He became one of the King's Serjeants during the Easter term of 1441, and subsequently served as Chief Justice of the King's Bench from 25 January 1442 to Easter term 1460. During the Wars of the Roses, Henry VI was deposed in 1461 by Edward of York, who ascended the throne as Edward IV. Henry and his queen, Margaret of Anjou, later fled to Scotland. Fortescue remained loyal to Henry, and as a result was attainted of treason. He is believed to have been given the nominal title of Chancellor of England during Henry's exile. He accompanied Queen Margaret and her court while they remained on the Continent between 1463 and 1471, and wrote De Laudibus Legum Angliae for the instruction of young Prince Edward. After the defeat of the House of Lancaster, he submitted to Edward IV who reversed his attainder in October 1471.

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John Rolle Walter

John Rolle Walter (c. 1714 – 30 November 1779) (born John Rolle) was Tory MP for Exeter in 1754–1776 and for Devon in 1776–1779.

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John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle

John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle (1750 – 3 April 1842) was a British peer who served as a Member of Parliament in general support of William Pitt the Younger and was later an active member of the House of Lords.

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Lidl Stiftung & Co.

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Lime (material)

Lime is a calcium-containing inorganic mineral in which oxides, and hydroxides predominate.

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Little Torrington

Little Torrington is a village and a civil parish near Great Torrington, in the Torridge district, north Devon, England.

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LloydsPharmacy is a British pharmacy company, with more than 1,500 pharmacies.

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London and South Western Railway

The London and South Western Railway (LSWR) was a railway company in England from 1838 to 1922.

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Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales is the head of the judiciary and President of the Courts of England and Wales.

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Lord of the manor

In British or Irish history, the lordship of a manor is a lordship emanating from the feudal system of manorialism.

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Lundy is the largest island in the Bristol Channel.

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Mark Rolle


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Market town

Market town or market right is a legal term, originating in the Middle Ages, for a European settlement that has the right to host markets, distinguishing it from a village and city.

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Mary I of England

Mary I (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558) was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death.

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Member of parliament

A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the voters to a parliament.

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Motive power depot

The motive power depot (MPD, or railway depot) is the place where locomotives are usually housed, repaired and maintained when not being used.

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North Devon Gazette

The North Devon Gazette is a weekly free newspaper published in Barnstaple, England, on Wednesdays for the North Devon area, including Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe and South Molton.

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North Devon Journal

The North Devon Journal is a weekly newspaper published in Barnstaple, North Devon.

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An obelisk (from ὀβελίσκος obeliskos; diminutive of ὀβελός obelos, "spit, nail, pointed pillar") is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape or pyramidion at the top.

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Pannier (clothing)

Panniers or side hoops are women's undergarments worn in the 17th and 18th centuries to extend the width of the skirts at the side while leaving the front and back relatively flat.

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A park is an area of natural, semi-natural or planted space set aside for human enjoyment and recreation or for the protection of wildlife or natural habitats.

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A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of a special occasion.

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Plymouth is a city situated on the south coast of Devon, England, approximately south-west of Exeter and west-south-west of London.

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Pompeo Batoni

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (25 January 1708 – 4 February 1787) was an Italian painter who displayed a solid technical knowledge in his portrait work and in his numerous allegorical and mythological pictures.

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A pub, or public house, is an establishment licensed to sell alcoholic drinks, which traditionally include beer (such as ale) and cider.

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Ralph Hopton, 1st Baron Hopton

Ralph Hopton, 1st Baron Hopton DL (March 1596September 1652) was a Royalist commander in the English Civil War, appointed lieutenant-general under the Marquess of Hertford in the west at the beginning of the conflict.

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RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor is a public display garden run by the Royal Horticultural Society in North Devon, England.

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River Torridge

The River Torridge is a river in Devon in England.

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Rolle Canal

The Rolle Canal (or Torrington Canal) in North Devon, England extends from its mouth into the River Torridge at Landcross 6 miles southwards to the industrial mills and corn-mills at Town Mills (now called "Orford Mill"), Rosemoor, Great TorringtonLost canals and Waterways of Britain Ronald Russell page 96 and beyond to Healand Docks and weir on the Torridge, where survive the ruins of Lord Rolle's limekilns, upstream of today's Rosemoor Garden.

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Roscoff is a commune in the Finistère département of Brittany in northwestern France.

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Roundheads were supporters of the Parliament of England during the English Civil War.

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Royal Horticultural Society

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), founded in 1804 as the Horticultural Society of London, is the UK's leading gardening charity.

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Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport (Aerfort na Sionna) is one of Ireland's three primary airports, along with Dublin and Cork.

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Spar (retailer)

Spar, trademarked as SPAR, is an international group of independently owned and operated retailers and wholesalers who work together in partnership under the Spar brand and franchise brand with approximately 12,500 shops in 42 countries worldwide.

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St Giles in the Wood

St Giles in the Wood is a village and civil parish in the Torridge district of Devon, England.

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St Michael and All Angels, Great Torrington

The Church of St Michael and All Angels is a Church of England parish church in Great Torrington, Devon.

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Stevenstone is a former manor within the parish of St Giles in the Wood, near Great Torrington, North Devon.

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Tarka the Otter

Tarka the Otter: His Joyful Water-Life and Death in the Country of the Two Rivers is a highly influential novel by Henry Williamson, first published in 1927 by G.P. Putnam's Sons with an introduction by the Hon.

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Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cyclepaths (rail trails) around north Devon, England that follow the route taken by the fictional Tarka the Otter in the book of that name.

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The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington

The Plough Arts Centre is a theatre, cinema and art gallery in Torrington, North Devon, England.

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Thomas Fairfax

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron (17 January 1612 – 12 November 1671), also known as Sir Thomas, Lord Fairfax, was an English nobleman, peer, politician, general, and Parliamentary commander-in-chief during the English Civil War.

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Thomas Fowler (inventor)

Thomas Fowler (born 1777 in Great Torrington, Devon, England – died 31 March 1843) was an English inventor whose most notable invention was the thermosiphon which formed the basis of early hot water central heating systems.

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Toll road

A toll road, also known as a turnpike or tollway, is a public or private road for which a fee (or toll) is assessed for passage.

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Torridge is a local government district in North Devon, England.

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Torridge and West Devon (UK Parliament constituency)

Torridge and West Devon is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Geoffrey Cox, a Conservative.

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Torrington F.C.

Torrington Football Club are an English association football club based in Great Torrington, Devon.

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Umberleigh is a former large manor within the historic hundred of (North) Tawton, but today a small village in North Devon in England.

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Victorian architecture

Victorian architecture is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century.

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West Country

The West Country is a loosely defined area of south western England.

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Western Morning News

The Western Morning News is a daily regional newspaper founded in 1860, and covering the West Country including Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and parts of Somerset and Dorset in the South West of England.

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William Johnson Cory

William Johnson Cory (9 January 1823 – 11 June 1892), born William Johnson, was an English educator and poet.

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William Keble Martin

The Rev.

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Woodland, is a low-density forest forming open habitats with plenty of sunlight and limited shade.

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