In 1884 a line was opened between Morebath Junction and Tiverton allowing a service to run south from Dulverton.
This station was opened on 19 March 1928 to serve the western side of Tiverton and Heathcoat's Mill, a major employer in the town. It was equipped with a wooden shelter, and the original 109 feet (33 m) platform was almost doubled in length in May 1937.
It was generally unstaffed, but at busy times a porter was sometimes sent from Tiverton to collect and sell tickets.
Ironically, the observant explorer can (just!) spot the site today.
In the second half of the 20th century, the Heathcoat factory became increasingly mechanised. John Heathcoat and Co was taken over by the Coats Paints group in 1969, while a management buyout in 1984 enabled the firm to operate independently. Today the factory is known as Heathcoat Fabrics. It employs 438 people and supplies a range of apparel and high technology textiles to markets around the world.
Tiverton Junction Station ...
fbb will continue his investigation tomorrow.
In the meantime ...
** Traipse - a very juicy word that needs to re-enter our vocabulary. It means "to take a tedious or tiring journey". A possible clue to the contents of tomorrow's post?