Newton Abbot Town & GWR Museum

Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum

The museum covers a range of aspects of local history, including World War One exhibits and films, the John Lethbridge display telling the story of an 18th century salvage diver, the 16th century Sandford Orleigh carvings , accounts of the lives of Notable Newtonians and the ever-popular Great Western Railway room. From Roman lamps to Madge Mellor teapots, a Jacobean jacket, to a swing made from human hair, each object has its own story to tell.

The Museum building is now closed until late 2019/early 2020 but we are taking museum stories out and about, see our website for more details:

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  • WWI bugle

    This bugle was owned by bugle boy Joseph Baker who was killed in 1918. The bugle was then passed to Joseph's nephew, Eddie Baker, who also became a bugle boy. Eddie went onto fight in the D-Day landings and survived to tell his tale.

  • The Sandford Orleigh carvings

    The culmination of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Heart of Oak conservation & arts project. The Sandford Orleigh carvings have been restored, researched and installed in the museum. They are now on view to the public for the first time in 180 years.

  • The Great Western Railway Room

    The Great Western Railway Room explores the town's links with the railways. Information is available on I.K. Brunel's engineering achievements, including his short-lived atmospheric railway system.

  • 1864 image of St Leonard's Clock Tower

    An 1864 view of St Leonard's Clock Tower showing a thriving Victorian town. St Leonard's Chapel had been removed in 1836 having fallen into disrepair. The Museum now manages the Tower, which is open to the public on Wednesdays 10am - 1pm from May to September.

  • Aller Vale Art Pottery

    This Aller Vale Pottery charger was made by Charles Collard (1874-1969). He was apprenticed to John Philips Aller Vale Pottery at the age of 12. He learnt his craft during the period of the Arts and Crafts movement. Collard owned the Crown Dorset Art and then Honiton Pottery.

Admission & prices

The Museum is now closed as we work on our project to move the Town Council and Museum to a bigger, better town centre location.

We will be running a range of 'Pop-up' Museum Events throughout 2018 and 2019. From 10 minute talks to object handling sessions, you are sure to find something that sparks your imagination.

Find details at: as well as general project updates.

There is a unique opportunity to be part of history: if you make a donation to our crowd funding project at

Your name (or the name of someone important to you that you choose) will be added to the digital roll of honour and be displayed in the museum

Find us

By Foot
From the centre of town, walk down Queen St towards the railway station. Turn right at the War Memorial towards Devon Square - we are on the left-hand side.

By Car
Our nearest car park is on the other side of Queen Street (Cricketfield Rd).

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  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

If you need wheelchair access please follow the signs to the ramp adjacent to the Town Hall (9, Devon Square) and ring the bell for assistance.

If you need special assistance do ring us prior to your visit.

A Museum Friends Group meets from Jan-May & Sept-December on a Thursday evening once a month from 7:15pm in the Council Chamber of the Newton Abbot Town Hall, 9, Devon Square.

For an annual subscription of just £9 you can become a Museum Friend. The membership includes 9 lectures a year, two Newsletters, invitations to private viewings of all new exhibitions, and information on up and coming museum events!

The public are welcome to attend the Friends talks with an admission fee on the door of £3.

The Museum Link Group, a club formed for ex-railwaymen, meets four times a year.
New members are welcome! To find out more ring 01626 201121.

2A Saint Paul's Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2HP

T: 01626 201121

Our videos Click on the play button below to view our videos


Memories of Madge Mellor's Restaurant

Madge Mellor' was set up by the Ashworth family in the late 1920s and became a much loved institution with the finest cream cakes, ecclairs and meat pies in the area.

Name Time
1 A sense of place 2:52
2 Kath Winser WWII Memories 2:29
3 Kath Winser WWII Memories 1:43
4 Roberts Sense of Place 5:52

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Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum

2A Saint Paul's Road
Newton Abbot, DEVON TQ12 2HP