Last Updated 15th Feb 2018

Welcome to Talaton Parish Website   

 Please take a few moments to look through the various pages listed on the left of your screen and let us know if there are any items you want adding or amending. Send in any information or photographs that you think would be of interest. Use the site and enjoy it. 

Winner of the CPRE & MVF's Best Kept Village in Devon Competition 2009 (new entry category)
Runner Up in Best Kept Village Competition in East Devon in the small Village Category 2010
Runner Up in Best Kept Village Competition in East Devon in Previous Winners Category 2011
Winner of Best Kept Village Competition in East Devon - Previous Winners Cat
egory 2012
Winner of Glanvil Cup - Best Kept Small Village in East Devon 2014
Highly Commended CPRE Award 2016


Talaton Calendar now on line - see the Talaton Calendar Newsletter Page

February Issue Now Available to View





 Anyone who has become weary of seeing this character tromping round the village early in the morning - or late at night ( without a Hi Vis Jacket, too ! )  will be pleased to know that he has completed his target of 1000 miles between 1/1/17 and 1/1/18. In fact 1001 miles were clocked up on the 31st Dec 2017. There is no guarantee that he will not continue to be seen in odd corners of East Devon , usually eating a banana and moaning about his sciatica.





 Talaton Christmas Carols Outside the Talaton Inn December 2017












 Emily and Mathilda Niven of Rydon Farm

Winners of Light the Tree Competition run by the Shop 



Not Very Festive - Do You Recognise this Talaton Beauty Spot ? Probably good for face mud packs and mineral spa bathing but not for walking the lanes.This has now been reported by a number of private individuals to the Highways Dept. They could not check it until early January - reported in mid -December ! Well; we are now there so watch this space !!

Latest Update - A letter from Highways Dept , only nearly two months after the initial reporting, saying that a letter had been sent to the farmer involved ! This letter will no doubt produce an immediate response and be followed up in the strictest manner if the required remedial action is not taken.

Continue to watch this space 



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Now, back to the good side of Talaton - 


 Talaton Grand How d'you Do 2017

Many More Pictures on the Parish Hall Page 












 Talaton Shop waves the Flag at Beautiful Days 2017

 Once again Talaton Village Shop was invited to serve the crowds at the Music Festival held at Escot and this it did superbly , raising well needed funds in the process. A huge amount of voluntary work was involved and many thanks due to all who helped.


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 More Pictures on the Village Shop page









Talaton Village Outing 2017


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Over Dartmoor , Nr the Warren House Inn


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The Village Outing 19th August 2017.


We were incredibly lucky with the weather on this the 12th annual outing. It was a mix of, not sunshine and showers but of sunshine and shadows. So we saw parts of our lovely county in a variety of light and shade.

We left the village at 9.30 and headed for Stickleparth on the North edge of Dartmoor to visit Finch’s Foundry. Founded in 1814 and was in operation up to 1966 and is now in the care of the National Trust. It is the last such working foundry in the UK. This was a works which made tools and put an edge on them. Powered via a leat from the River Taw, the ancient furnaces, bellows; waterwheels and hammers are all still in working order.  In their hey day they made tools of all sorts and in their carpentry shop one can see the wide variety of the tools to which a sharp blade could be put to.

Our next stop was the Miniature Pony Centre near Bovey Tracy. This is an attraction designed for children, but there is much for adults to enjoy. The ponies and donkeys (and there are masses of them) are thigh high docile, gently and infinitely patient. They had to be as children hugged, tickled and patted them with abandon! We ate our picnic lunches or meals at the excellent cafe in the bright sunshine.

We then had the most wonderful scenic drive over Dartmoor from Postbridge to Ashburton. We saw the steep craggy tors and the almost desolate North side of the Moor with isolated farms and cottages, all looking quite cozy in the sunshine but what can they be like in the dark months of winter? As we drove south the villages and farms got bigger, the brighter green of enclosed cultivated or closely grazed fields gave way to the beautiful Forest of the Dart River, glorious woodland and sparkling rivers. We crossed the narrow ‘pack horse’ bridges with 2 inches to spare on each side of the bus.

          In Buckfast we stopped at the Valiant Soldier Pub. This was a popular small workingman’s pub, which closed its doors in 1964 and left everything exactly as it was. Nothing was touched or altered, or thrown way; it is a fascinating time warp. There is evidence that there was an ale house established on the site as far back as 1777. It became known as the Valiant Soldier in 1813 which appears to have been a common name for pubs after the Civil War and again during the Napoleonic wars of 1799 to 1815. The pub flourished during both World Wars and one of its main attractions was that it was the nearest pub to the town’s cinema. But during the 1950s and 60s The Valiant Soldier became special only to its regulars and in 1965 they called time, and closed the doors. Luckily a Trust was set up in 1967 to look after the building and its contents. The place is steeped in nostalgia; it is rather sad, somewhat shabby but so full of things that our great-grandparents, our grandparents and some said their parents would have used every day. The prices of beers are still on the wall, the fags by the ash trays and the kitchen was full of so much that was familiar that it was hard to get the group out and to move on!!

From a small workingman’s pub we went to a well established grand house set in its large estate. We had tea in the Orangery at Ugbrooke House. Ugbrooke has been grand since the 1600s and is owned and lived in by the Clifford family. We walked through the immaculately neat garden and had a delicious tea of scones straight from the oven with the proper amount of cream and jam. The young Cliffords who have just moved into the house as their parents moved out came and welcomed us to their home.

Three out of four destinations on this outing have been fundamentally affected by ‘ modern day improvements’ Finch’s foundry is on the main street in Sticklepath which just so happened to be the A30, this was a direct and easy route for goods coming in and goods going out, but when the village was by-passed the trade began to die. The Valiant Soldier was gently declining but the final nail in it’s coffin was when the cinema was pulled down to make a car park. And the Ugbrooke estate was virtually cut into two when the dual carriage way that is the A380 sliced through the estate. Progress can be painful!




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 In the Finch Foundary





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 In the Valiant Soldier


Those were the Days ! 



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Ugbrooke House Orangery 




 Talaton Annual Produce Show





Click on here for many more pictures of a great Show -  Produce Page



Talaton Church BBQ









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 More BBQ Pictures on the Village Pictures Page





Village Day 2017 










Many Many More Pictures on Village day Page - Go there Now ! 


Open Gardens 2017  

op gard 2017 For More Pictures see Talaton Church Page 





    Have you any pictures to put on the web site ? Any subject - Sport, Scenic, People, Events, Colour, Black & White, In Focus, Bit Blurry ................. Anything. Give it a go and email them to Chris Harwood



 Keep an Eye on the Noticeboard Page and the various other pages to know what is coming along .




The Tale Valley Trust

Take a moment to learn about this Trust, doing so much to preserve and enhance the area - our area.
Look at their web site:

and if you are interested to read their newsletter use the following link, really interesting reading.

Have You Bought your copy of Great Walks in East Devon ? All Proceeds to the Tale Valley Trust.

Book Available in Whimple Stores, Talaton Shop and the Curious Otter in Ottery 




 Report and Picture of the Great Devon Breakfast - See the Noticeboard Page




Great 2016 Produce Show Success

See Produce Page for Many More Pictures



 Talaton Church and Village BBQ 2016

Many more pictures on the Noticeboard Page 


 Talaton Village Day June 2016 .

Another Great Village Day -and loads of sunshine.

 See The Village Day page for more Pictures     






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