Highweek Parish

Highweek Parish comprises the manors of Wick, or Teignwick, Bradley and perhaps a third manor of Schirebourne Newton. ‘Wick’ has a Latin root coming from the word ‘wic’ indicating a trading post with Royal Approval, hence Teignwick signifying a trading post on the River Teign. At the time of the Domesday’s record, 8 acres of woodland and 4 acres of meadowland were recorded equally between the Lord of the Manor and the workers, with 100 sheep and 28 goats. Highweek’s Parish Church, All Saints Church has a clear view to Teignmouth.

All Saints Church, Highweek, Newton Abbot

All Saints Church, Highweek, Newton Abbot The copyright on this image is owned by Derek Harper and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.
Description: English: All Saints Church, Highweek The church is in a dominant position on a hill overlooking Newton Abbot, and stands on its own away from other buildings. Date: 24 July 2008. Source: From geograph.org.uk Author: Derek Harper


Highweek Norman Castle

At Highweek are the remains of a Norman Castle, now in the form of a pile of stones and in the Domesday Book the Norman Castle was known to have a thriving community. It is thought that it was built on a pre-Norman civilisation site.

Highweek, Newton Abbot

Highweek, Newton Abbot

Berry’s Wood Hill Fort

There is evidence of community life in Newton Abbot before the Domesday Survey in 1086 in the form of three monuments, and perhaps back as far as 7th century BC, or before in two hill forts, arranged in a single enclosure and multiple enclosures. One hill fort structure in Berry’s Wood, North of Bradley Manor House, consists of a single rampart of limestone and ditch, with the main entrance at the South East end and a postern at the North West end, covering 11 acres, including indications of huts, walls and shelters. Wolborough lies to the South and Highweek to the north and is in close proximity to the River Lemon.

Hill Fort, Berry's Wood, Newton Abbot, Devon

Hill Fort, Berry’s Wood, Newton Abbot, Devon

Newton Abbot And Newton Bushel Communities

The town of Newton Abbot grew up as two separate communities, each with their separate Lords of the Manor causing friction and suspicion, so much so that this animosity persisted up until the beginning of the twentieth century, with frequent clashes between the inhabitants of Newton Abbot and Newton Bushel.

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Newton Abbot’s Population

The Railway has played a significant part in the development of the town of Newton Abbot. The South Devon Railway Company arrived in 1846. Prior to the Railway’s arrival the population of the town was 1,623 at the time of the first census (1841) and after the railway arrived the population grew to 5,998. Today the stats look like:

Total Population aged 15+ : 35950

Total of households : 18473

Total men

Total women

Total population aged 15-34

Total population aged 35-54

Total population aged 55+

Total population of social class ABC1

Total population of social class C2DE








Source: NSDaabase

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