It was a little town until the coming of the railway in the 1840s. A feature from that period is the rows of railway workers` houses.
St. Leonard`s Church retains its 14th century tower, where William of Orange was proclaimed king as William III in 1688.
Bradley Manor dates from the 15th century, and features a fine hall and chapel.
Forde House, built in the 17th century, was visited by both Charles I and William III.
The area is well known for cider apple orchards.
Newton Abbot Racecourse is the most Westerly in England.