Named after the little River Coly, which flows into the River Axe hereabouts.
The parish church has a splendid octagonal lantern atop the tower, an exceptionally large West window and a Saxon cross.
The Great House was the home of the Yonge family, and built by the merchant adventurer John Yonge, who died in 1612.
The bridge over the Coly dates from the 14th century.
The town became known as a rebel town due to the large number of its inhabitants sentenced by Judge Jeffreys after the Monmouth rebellion.
Colyton is now the Northern terminus of the Seaton Tramway.