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There were three Toll Houses in this parish- The latter one still remains and until a short while ago it had been an Antique and Gift Shop.

At one time it was lived in by a woman, who kept a donkey in the little shed at the end.

The cloth must have been woven elsewhere, because ‘Fulling’ is the process of cleaning and thickening cloth by beating and washing.” (G Tenney 1988) century there was a factory in Newton Poppleford.

Described in 1808 in the ‘Exeter Flying Post’ as “a newly erected extensive, and compleate worsted and yarn mill and manufactury” and in 1852 as “Silk and Crepe Mills”.

The present bridge was built in 1840 at a cost of £2,500 and local people were employed to build it.

The Great Grandfather of Bill Lightfoot hauled stones from the Newton Abbot area.

When the river was low the coaches preferred to use the ford, which suggests that the river was wider and shallower than today.

In 1960 the remains of the “Nyton Bridge" were seen when a drainpipe was laid across the river, and 17 century coins were found.

In later years there was a Holy Thursday Fair, which seems to have been transferred from Aylesbeare.

It was called “White Pot Revel”; the pot was made from milk or cream, boiled, with eggs, flour and spices.” The Roman road from Axmouth to Exeter came down Four Elms Hill and forded the Otter almost 100 yards north of the present bridge.

The first mention of a bridge was in 1259 and again in 1492, little is known of these.

In 1809 there was a bridge with five arches, it had massive outwalls, a 10ft carriageway and was said, “to be difficult and dangerous to cross".

The prosperity of the village silk mill appears to be due to the efforts of Thomas Wood, who is said to have moved to Devon to start the mill, hoping that labour would be cheaper and easier to obtain than in the Macclesfield area.

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