Totnes

Totnes, Devon is an English Market town. The village of Dartington is just outside Totnes, as is Dartington Hall.

Understand

Back in the 1920s, an Englishman who had been in India working with Tagore on rural renewal projects married an American heiress he had met when they were both studying at Cornell (see their biographies). They bought Dartington Hall, one of the oldest and largest manor houses in England, and started an assortment of development projects in the area a textile mill producing tweeds, several sawmills, a cider company, a glassworks, and so on.

Among the things they started was Dartington Hall school (now closed), using fairly novel methods. A.S. Neill's Summerhill is a better-known example with a similar approach. Aldous Huxley sent his kids to Dartington Hall and based some of the educational methods in his novel Island on Dartington.

See

Market square, with the Butterwalk across High street in the background. there is a market every Friday and Saturday, an Elizabethan market on Tuesdays (with the sellers dressed in period costume) and a monthly gourmet food market.

Do

Buy

Eat

Roundhouse Cafe


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