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Kingsbridge lies midway between Plymouth and Dartmouth, and to-day's Kingsbridge is actually made up of two medieval towns of Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke. The site is at the head of a five mile ria, a flooded river valley system caused by sea level rises after the melting of ice caps at the end of the Ice Age. Kingsbridge was first mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon charter dated 962, has been a market town since 1219 when the monks from Buckfast Abbey set up an open-air market selling honey, scones and cream. Ever since, Kingsbridge has been considered as the 'capital'of South Hams, and the market tradition continues every tuesday and saturday.

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In medieval times, The Quay was part of the creek, but over the centuries, quays have been built over the mud flats. The area became a busy trading quay for the transportation of timber, barley, corn, and livestock, and building materials were shipped to, and from, the surrounding villages. In addition to the trading, Kingsbridge also developed a small shipbuilding industry.

To-day, the Quay remains the focal point of the town, and it is here that you will find the markets and the Tourist Information Centre.

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Click on Tourism for information on the area, Attractions for what to do and where to go, Food and Drink on what to eat when you get there, Leisure... well relax and think about that one and the Town Centre to shop till you drop!

 

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