Newton Abbot was a stopping place for travellers that chose to take the south route around Dartmoor, unless they choose to stop in South Brent, Buckfastleigh and Ashburton, and was the thoroughfare to and from Teignmouth, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham around the River Teign. With Moor on one side and sea on the other, Newton Abbot developed along the natural channel through which travellers needed to venture creating a natural highway.
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Newton Abbot was prominent in the woollen industry and was one of the founders in the clay industry trade in Britain. It is strategically placed at the head of the Teign Estuary situated about four miles inland with strong maritime bonds with surrounding towns including Torbay and Teignmouth. Additionally, it is practically mid-way between Plymouth and Exeter. It was a minor port up until the twentieth century. Eight miles away is also the Dartmoor National Park.
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