The pretty village of Halberton (name derived from Haligbeort – a combination of Albert, a Saxon Chief and tun meaning a farm settlement) is located between Sampford Peverell and Tiverton. It has two separate parts to it, known locally as the Higher and Lower Town. These two parts of the village are connected by the old mill stream and the picturesque duck pond where, if you are lucky, you may catch a flash of vivid blue as a kingfisher dives for fish.
Historically the village had important administrative duties. Deeply rooted in farming tradition; many of the farms date as far back as Doomsday.
The magnificent tower and clock of the striking 14thcentury red sandstone church, located in Halberton Lower Town, are immediately obvious as you drive into the village. The church is well worth a visit and is dedicated to St Andrew. It is believed to be built on the site of earlier churches. During the Civil War, Halberton saw action and two unknown soldiers were buried in the Churchyard. There are many beautiful features worth noting within the church including a 12th century Norman font and a Pulpit and Screen dating from the 15th century.
On the Main High Street which runs through the Higher Town, is The Priory, a Grade II listed building where a small assembly of Augustinian canons were established. Dissolved in the 1500s, the building was then converted into a dwelling.
The Grand Western canal winds its way past the back of the village and loops around in a Swan’s neck just outside the village on the Tiverton side. See the Swan’s Neck Walk for further details. Again, just outside the village, just before the canal loops around, you will find the Halberton Farm Shop which stocks a range of locally grown fruit, vegetables, cheeses and meat.
During the summer months, you can pick your own soft fruit in the tunnels behind the farm shop. Alongside the shop is the delightful ‘Ivan’s Café’ serving locally roasted coffee and a range of delicious pies and pasties and for those with a sweet tooth, locally made ice cream.
Image courtesy of Roger Cornfoot / Halberton, viewed from the Grand Western canal /
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