The Village

Updated August 2019

This ancient rural village, with a population of about 500 and mentioned in the Doomsday Book, nestles close to the tiny river Tale (town- on- the- Tale). It lies about seven miles from the market town of Honiton, four miles from Ottery St Mary, twelve miles from the Cathedral City of Exeter and  eight miles from Cullompton, another ancient market town.  It remains largely a working country village surrounded by actively worked farmland but it is fortunate that over a number of years the population has slowly increased and with it many changes have been embraced allowing Talaton to offer both the old and new ideals. Church
The Village Shop Village life often revolves around a Church, or a Shop or an Inn –Talaton has all three! Each of these is very active and well supported and reports regularly in the excellent Talaton Calendar, a monthly free publication of articles and reports of interest. Numerous other societies and groups flourish within the village and information on these may be found on this site.

The annual Village Day has its origin many many years ago but it survives and attracts visitors from near and far. Similarly, an annual Christmas pantomime or Revue has become a regular feature over the years and is another example of an active and vibrant village. The annual Open Gardens has become a hugely popular event to which many people come every year and it now figures as a prime event locally. The Annual BBQ is now a major attraction. 
The Parish Council actively monitors development within the village and mostly it has been successful in working with the local planning authorities to retain a charming village atmosphere. A very professional Village Plan was produced some years ago detailing the ideals of the village community as expressed in a comprehensive survey.  (click here for a link to the Plan) However, with the current plannng laws and Government policies the need and nature of potential development within village communities remains a problem. The Parish Council and the Community as a whole have to deal with a very fluid situation and strive to retain the village character whilst ensuring growth and survival.

Hopefully this site will be informative and fun for residents and visitors alike but at the end of the day it belongs to the village and can help record all facets of village life, but also be a means of allowing active communication between groups and individuals – a sure way of safeguarding the future of a wonderful Devon village.
Talaton Inn



Please, browse through the pages itemised on the left to get a feel for just what Talaton offers and for the unique community spirit.

This web site is overseen by Chris Harwood and if you have any questions or input then please contact him. See Useful Links and Telephone Numbers