Heritage and History
The town of Ivybridge enjoys both a magnificent natural setting and centuries of history as a mill town and a staging post on the London Road.
Tumbling from the moors, the River Erme has formed the lifeblood of the town and originally provided power for three mills, one of which still exists today
Crossing the river at the northern end of the town centre is the medieval packhorse bridge, the “Ivy Bridge”, a feature immortalised by a number of important artists including J M W Turner. Spanning the valley a little further upstream, the railway viaduct provides a striking backdrop to the town and is a favourite with photographers; nearby are the publicly owned Longtimber Woods where the pillars remaining from the original 1848 Brunel structure can be seen.
Stowford Mill in Ivybridge closed at the end of 2013. The mill had been in operation for over 250 years producing high quality paper, and specialising in security and watermarked paper. The site has been decommissioned before redevelopment takes place and a local group has formed, Ivybridge Heritage and Archive Group, and has undertaken detailed research of the history of the Mill and is now expanding its work.
The group is now working towards a reference collection based on the theme ‘Ivybridge Uncovered – A Mill Town Heritage’.
Town Centre Heritage Trail
The town also enjoys cultural and friendship links with several overseas communities - please click here for more information on these links and on how to join relevant societies.