Crediton was an Anglo
Saxon community which in the year 909 it became
Devon's cathedral city
until 1050 when Exeter took the function.
The name Crediton is believed to derive from
the Saxon “Kirton” meaning “Church Town”.
The history of the town can be traced back over 1300 years to the
birth of St Boniface
His work led to Crediton becoming the seat of the Saxon Bishops of
Devon. A wooden cathedral was constructed and the seat remained in
Crediton until Bishop Leofric moved to Exeter in 1046 because the
city was easier to defend against Viking raids.
By the 12th century Crediton was renowned for its fine quality wool.
Like the other towns of Devonshire’s Heartland, however, Crediton
suffered when the wool trade began to decline in the early 19th
During the 16th century Crediton was occupied by the peasant army of
the Prayer Book Rebellion.
In the Reformation of 1549 the new Book of Common Prayer was
introduced against the wishes of many ordinary people. In response
the peasants of the Crediton area raised an army and launched an
assault on the cathedral city of Exeter before eventually being
forced into submission.
Sea fishing at
Seaton and Sidmouth. Boats can be hired from the beach at
Sidmouth and Beer. The best time for fishing at Seaton is
between Sept and Nov for bass. Sidmouth Bay is best in spring
and summer. Trout fishing on stretches of the Rivers Exe, Otter
and Sid. Coarse fing on the Exeter Canal.