In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Crediton like this:
Crediton, market town and par. with ry. sta., N. Devon, on r. Greedy, near its junction with the Exe, 8m. NW. of Exeter -- par., 12,309 ac., pop. 5747; town, pop. 4165; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday. C. is an ancient town; it was the seat of a bishopric from 909 to 1049, and hi the reign of Edward I. it returned 2 members to Parliament. It has, however, assumed a modern appearance, the old houses having been destroyed by the fires of 1743 and 1769. Its chief industries now are shoemaking and agriculture.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Crediton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Mid Devon. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Crediton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Crediton in Mid Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th November 2014
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