Situated on the side of a hill, the top of which is surmounted by a circular keep and parts of walls, one of which is 12 feet in thickness, the remains of a very old castle.
This little town stands prettily situated in the midst of a fine valley on the western banks of the Tavy. The hills in the vicinity are of a slaty character, and is the centre of an important mining district, which abounds with minerals of a varied and very valuable description. Portions of the ruins of a mitred abbey, founded in the 10th century, still remain, belonging to the Bedford family. Its racecourse, oval in shape, and 2 miles in circumference, is situated on Whitchurch Down, a little to the east of the town.
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Close at hand, is chiefly noted for its extensive fisheries, employing more than two hundred vessels and fifteen hundred seamen.
Dawlish, one of the stations of the South Devon Railway, is one of the prettiest places along the coast to pass a quiet summer month.