A Bustling Market Town
Axminster has a population of approximately 6,000 and is a market town and civil parish on border of East Devon and West Dorset. The town, built on hill overlooking River Axe, dates back to the Celtic times of around 300 BC, and lies on two major Roman roads – The Fosse Way (Lincoln to Seaton) and the Dorchester-Exeter road.
The town is closely linked to carpet industry this dates from 1755 when Thomas Whitty started making carpets near the church. Axminster gives it’s name to a type of carpet – made not just in Axminster, but all over the world. The railway station opened on the 19th July 1860 and nowadays has regular trains to London.
Axminster is a quiet rural town which as a result of its proximity to the Devon coast has a constant stream of tourists. A market is held every Thursday near the Minster Church.