Axminster was originally a Saxon town.  Located just off the main A35 road between Honiton and Bridport, it is now a busy shopping and commercial centre, probably most associated with the Axminster carpet factory.  The factory opened in 1755, originally to meet growing demand from the country’s stately homes for really high quality carpets.  You can view current products at the showroom in West Street.

The oldest building in the town is St.Mary the Virgin parish church.  There is also a Town Museum, housed in the old police station and courthouse, displaying artifacts from local history.  Just outside Axminster is the 16th century Shute Barton Manor (National Trust), notable for its battlemented turrets and its large fireplace, claimed as the largest in England.  Axminster events include the annual Community Festival, the Carnival and the Axe Vale Gardening and Craft festival.

Axminster is about eleven miles to the north-east of “Baldash Cottage”


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