Bovey Tracey, England

Bovey Tracey is a small town in the district of Teignbridge in Devon, England. Locally known simply as Bovey, it is a town of about 7,000 people (2012 estimate) in the valley of the River Bovey. The town brands itself as the gateway to Dartmoor National Park.

More on Bovey Tracey

Bovey Tracey began as a Saxon community named after River Bovey. Following the Norman Conquest, the de Tracey family became lords of the manor there, given it the name Tracey. It was first documented as Bovitracy in 1309. The borough of Bovey Tracey received its market charter in 1259, giving it the right to hold a weekly market and an annual three-day fair.

In 1646, Oliver Cromwell and his army fought a battle against Royalist troops, ending in victory for Cromwell. His name is remembered as a pub in Bovey Tracey, called The Cromwell Arms.

Visiting Bovey Tracey

From Manchester, take the M5 motorway until it continues as the A38 road. At the interchange to Heathfield, take the A382 road heading northwest to reach Bovey Tracey.

Sights & Attractions to visit in Bovey Tracey

  1. Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Thomas of Canterbury
    Anglican parish church in Bovey Tracey built by William de Tracy as penance for murdering the Archbishop Thomas Becket of Canterbury Cathedral.

  2. Dartmoor National Park
    Moorland covering 954 sq km (368 sq mi) of south Devon.

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