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Primary School Heritage Trail 2021

by Jess Gibby | Festivals and Carnivals

How much do you know about your village?

The below was assembled by Year 5 and 6 children from Bishopsteignton Primary School after a heritage trail was devised for them as part of the Village Festival September 2021.  Armed with the questionnaire, the children, teachers and volunteers from BIshopsteignton  Heritage showed real engagement and resilience (in the pouring rain!) as their eyes were opened to the history on their doorstep.

The accompanying quiz can be seen here.
Why not have a go yourselves?


Places of interest around Bishopsteignton

Bishopsteignton Village panorama

Community Centre drawing
Community Centre

The community centre

The community centre used to be a school.
The oldest part of the building is from 1850.
It has high windows a tiled roof and big old fashioned doors that look like church doors.
It’s now used for events and parties.

Alexia, Lola, Nelly, William and Eddie


Cross Gate drawing
Cross House

Cross house

Cross house has a banana tree in the garden.
There are 24 animal models.
There are 9 bird sculptures and 7 tortoises.

Alexia, Lola, Nelly, William and Eddie


Central Garage drawing
Central Garage

Central garage

Grayham Nicholson owns this lovely garage.
There are 3 minis outside Bishop garage.

Alexia, Lola, Nelly, William and Eddie


West Street question
Honeysuckle Cottage

Honeysuckle cottage

The cottage was named after the flower.

Alexia, Lola, Nelly, William and Eddie


Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

The old post office used to be number 16.
It is now a house and is a listed building.
It says the old post office on top of the door.
It has a red door.
You weren’t allowed in the post office years ago.

Alexia, Lola, Nelly, William and Eddie


Forge now public toilets

Public toilets

The public toilets used to be a blacksmith forge.
A forge is used to heat metal to make horseshoes.
There’s a mill stone outside the toilets.

Alexia, Lola, Nelly, William and Eddie


Post and telephone boxes
Post box

Old Post Office

You can see the old window. You used to not be able to go inside the Post Office.
It says the ‘Old Post Office’ on the top of the door.
The door is bright red and it is now a house. There are lots of old fashioned things on the front of the house – like a gold letter box which says LETTERS on it and a weird door knocker. The number of the house was No.16.

Rosie and Amelia


Community Centre

The Old School

What used to be the old school is now a Community Centre. You know it was a old school because there is a bell on top of the main room. The two buildings were built at different time because there is date on top of the doors. The pupils used to make socks out of wool for the World War 2 soldiers. The oldest part was built in 1850.

Rosie and Amelia



Bishopsteignton House

Bishopsteignton House is a grand Victorian villa which is now a home for elderly people.
It was built in 1840 and opened as a home in 1988.
The stones used to build the house are grey limestone with brick dressings.
The park used to be the garden.
A soldier called Philip Coombe lived there with his family. He was alive from 1891 to 1970.

Theo, Billy, Noah and Hugo


Cross Gate

Cross House

Cross House has 7 tortoises – 4 real ones and 3 fake ones.
Cross House has lots of plants in the garden like flowers and trees. In the garden of the Cross House, there is a banana tree.
There are lots of animal statues in the garden as well.

Georgina and Marina



The Community Centre

The Community Centre used to be a school. It can now be hired to do things such as parties and celebrations. The Community Centre is used for the village show and some other events.

Brianna and Laila


Tortoise at Cross Gate

Cross House

In cross house there are 7 tortoises, a few are alive and a few are just sculptures.
In cross house there are lots of sculptures and a banana tree. (The tortoises are often round the back)

Brianna and Laila



The Forge

The Forge is where blacksmiths make horseshoes and metal tools. To make all of the horseshoes and tools, blacksmiths needed a anvil – an iron object that blacksmiths used to shape some metals. For other metals, like bronze, in a furnace they use a process called smelting. Blacksmiths smelt metals by putting the ore into moulds. Then they would put it into the furnace and it would act like a big oven. Then the ore would turn into metal and it would dry in two or three minutes.

The Forge was around in the 1800s and 1900s as a local smithing place but now it is used as a public lavatory opposite to the Old School.




A scrapbook put together by the school in collaboration with Bishopsteignton Heritage as part of the 2019 Village Festival can be seen here.