Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Bovey Tracey

Bovey Tracey is a small town in Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor and 5 miles from Newton Abbot.

It is prettily situated in the valley of the River Bovey, which flows through the town.

St. Thomas' Church mostly dates from the 15th century. The earlier church on the same site was burned down in the 14th century. It had been built by Sir William de Tracy as penance for his part in the murder of Thomas a Becket at Canterbury in 1170.

Cromwell's Arch is an old gateway which is a remnant of a priory.

In a skirmish at Bovey Tracey in 1646, Royalist troops were surprised by Oliver Cromwell's forces and many were taken prisoner.

On the edge of the little town are two popular visitor centres, the Tea Pottery and another revolving around marbles.