Welcome to Silverton

Silverton Local History Society

Situated in mid-Devon, between the rivers Exe and Culm is the Parish of Silverton.
On a hill about eight miles north of Exeter the village of the same name is thought to be one of the oldest in the country, dating from the first years of the Saxon occupation. Prior to the Norman Conquest it was a Royal manor, and gave its name to the hundred in which it is located, although this name was later changed to Hayridge. Until the late nineteenth century Silverton had two annual cattle fayres, probably located in the wide village square.

Fore Street, with its leat of constantly flowing water, includes in its length a variety of domestic buildings, some of which are late medieval and a number of picturesque cottages with cob walls and thatched roofs.

At the beginning of the new millennium our past as well as our future is drawn more sharply into focus. It is important to be reminded of the people and events that have made our communities what they are today - to celebrate the past and provide a stepping stone to the future. The photographs on this website and in the 'The Book of Silverton' - many of them previously unpublished - are a vital record of the history and inhabitants of the ancient settlement of Silverton, which have been brought together from across the community and presented here for all to treasure.