Things to do in Axminster, Devon
By the 11th century "Aixeministra", meaning "monastery by the River Axe", was listed in the Domesday Book.
Axminster carpets were developed in the town and were typically high quality with a colourful pattern created on power looms.
The business was next to the church and whenever a hand-tufted carpet was completed it was marked by a peal of bells, it was such a long and arduous job to complete!Yeovil.
Present Day Axminster
Axminster has around 5,600 residents in a pleasant friendly community. The centre of Axminster is St Mary's Church, standing on Minster Green. It has Saxon foundations, an ancient Norman door and a Jacobean pulpit.
Thatched buildings add to the charm of the town including the historic thatched George Inn which is over 700 years old.
Famous resident and celebrity chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a 6-acre farm in the Axe Valley which serves as his River Cottage TV series headquarters. He also owns an old inn at Axminster which is now an organic produce shop and café.
Axminster railway station is on the West of England line with regular trains to Exeter and via Salisbury to London Waterloo. The mock Gothic station building was designed by architect Sir William Tate.
Things to Do Around Axminster
Axminster Museum is in the Old Courthouse and Police Station in the centre of the town. The exhibits chart the carpet industry in Axminster along with local history, coins and old photographs.
The area is known for its natural beauty around the Backdown Hills. There are many footpaths in the area for hiking, including the East Devon Way and the South West Coast Path.
Forde Abbey is a Grade I listed building and a former 12th century monastery. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, much of the original buildings were destroyed. The Great Hall, cloisters and dormitories were incorporated into the existing house.