Allhallows Museum

Allhallows Museum

Our museum building is the oldest in Honiton with an interesting history. Documents show a chapel called Allhallows existed here before 1327.

From the 16th century the building was used by Allhallows School until 1938 when the school moved to Rousdon. The chancel of the old chapel is now the Murch Gallery which houses many items of local interest. Allhallows Museum is a charity which is run entirely by volunteers. We work to preserve the heritage of the people of Honiton and its surrounding district and collect, conserve and display items which show how our ancestors used to live.

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    In the town famous for lace making, Allhallows Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Honiton Lace in the world. Displays in the Nicoll and Norman galleries feature exceptional examples of Honiton lace dating from the 16th to 20th century.


    Long before dinosaurs roamed the area, it was covered by the sea. Many of the fossils on display in the Murch Gallery were discovered when the Honiton by-pass was constructed in the 1965.


    Pottery has been made in Honiton for over 240 years. One of the earliest references to the trade in Honiton can be found in a poster dated November 21st 1763.


    Honiton was under the jurisdiction of a Portreeve until it became a Borough in 1847. One display case shows numerous objects decorated with the town seal.


    Esme Nicoll (one of the Museum founders) donated this splendid example of a Victorian doll's house which dates from c1840. It gives children a wonderful insight into how people lived around 160 years ago.

Admission & prices


2018 Opening Times: 19th March to 31st October.
Mon - Fri: 09.30 - 16.30 Sat: 09.30: - 13.00
Sun: Closed:

During the month of October, the Museum is open from 09.30 to 15.30 on
Monday to Friday and 09.30 to 12.30 on Saturdays. Sun: Closed.

Find us

Allhallows Museum is in the centre of the High Street next to St Paul's Church. Public car parks are signposted. The town has one hour parking in the High Street and a car park with toilets is 400 metres away. Level, wheelchair access from the High Street to the Nicoll and Norman Galleries by a separate door which is beyond the main entrance. Press the bell on the red door for assistance.

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  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

The Gift Shop sells a variety of antique and modern Honiton lace, Honiton souvenirs, books, postcards and Honiton lace making equipment.

Honiton lace making demonstrations by volunteers
from the Honiton Lacemakers Monday to Friday
throughout the months of June, July and August.

Group visits welcome by previous arrangement.

Allhallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities
High Street
EX14 1PG

T: 01404 44966

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Allhallows Museum

Allhallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities
High Street