Let’s move to Crediton, Devon: ‘Its day will come again’Apr 14, 2017 16:30
Once more important than neighbouring Exeter, this unpretentious town has great views and affordable property
What’s going for it? Little, I’m sure, did Crediton’s citizens think, circa AD736, that their town would serve as a commuter suburb for middle managers from Exeter. Back then, before the Normans turned up, Crediton was the head honcho round these parts, the bee’s knees, with a bishop and everything. Then some cleric bozo called Leofric decided he wanted to move to Exeter to be with the cool kids, and ruined everything. Then it was all Exeter, Exeter, Exeter for the next millennium and a bit. Still, Crediton continued to thrive on wool and milk, splurging the profits on conspicuous consumption like beautiful town houses and the fabulous Church of the Holy Cross, a cathedral in all but name, to thumb a nose at its upstart neighbour. The town still has a cocky confidence that can only come from the knowledge that once upon a time it was great and that, some day, when the time is right, when Devon Armageddon threatens, when Exeter is on its knees, Crediton’s day will come again.
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