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– Settlement at Crediton dates back to c. 672, claimed to be the birthplace of Saint Boniface.
– A see was established in 909 with Edwulf as the first bishop.
– Crediton was the seat of a suffragan bishopric in the Diocese of Exeter since 1897.
– The wool trade was established by 1249, reaching its peak in the 16th century.
– Various fires, including a significant one in 1743, impacted the town’s development.

**Sports and Leisure**:
– Crediton has a Football Club and a Rugby Club, both fielding multiple teams.
– The town also has a running club that meets at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre.

– Local TV coverage is provided by BBC South West and ITV West Country.
– Local radio stations include BBC Radio Devon, Heart West, and Radio Exe.
– The town is served by the local newspaper, Crediton Courier.

– Crediton railway station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1851.
– The station serves as a junction for the Tarka and Dartmoor lines.
– Crediton is connected to mainline services at Exeter St Davids.
– Repair works were done on the railway line after a breach at Dawlish in 2014.
– Proposals exist to reopen the line from Tavistock to Bere Alston for a through service to Plymouth.

– Crediton’s industries include graphics, pharmaceuticals, and dairy products.
– The town has two industrial parks and a dairy located near the church.
– Bristows of Devon, a former major employer, was closed in 2011.
– Crediton Dairy Limited began trading in April 2013 after a management buyout.
– The town was given priority status under the Market and Coastal Towns Initiative in 2001.

Crediton (Wikipedia)

Crediton /ˈkrɛdɪtən/ is a town and civil parish in the Mid Devon district of Devon, England. It stands on the A377 Exeter to Barnstaple road at the junction with the A3072 road to Tiverton, 7 miles (11 km) north west of Exeter and 14 miles (23 km) from the M5 motorway. It has a population of 21,990.

Crediton is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population8,304 (2021)
OS grid referenceSS837005
Civil parish
  • Crediton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEX17
Dialling code01363
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
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50°47′28″N 3°39′22″W / 50.79111°N 3.65611°W / 50.79111; -3.65611

The town is in the narrow vale of the River Creedy, between two steep hills and is divided into two parts, the north or old town and the south and east or new town.

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