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.

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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

We are free to visit but to keep everyone safe at the present time booking a time slot is essential.

Read our safety info and then click the red button to book

Find us

We are housed in the former church directly opposite Asda.

The nearest car park is Newfoundland Way: we are very near the NorthWest corner of the carpark

Museum news

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  • Reopening soon!

    Reopening soon!

    Newton Abbot Museum is delighted to announce: We will be re-opening on 17th May This is as part of step 3 of the  government lockdown roadmap, so it is of course subject to the COVID situation progressing as expe......

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  • Join Our Team! (paid opportunity)

    Join Our Team! (paid opportunity)

    Museum Assistant Organisation: Newton Abbot Museum Salary: £17,372 - £19,186 per annum SCP 7 - 12 Progression through the scale will be subject to satisfactory annual review Hours: 32 hours per week To ......

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

We have created the museum to be fully accessible.

You can find further info here:

If you have needs that are not addressed, please get in touch (phone/email/facebook message)

Newton’s Place
43 St Leonard’s Church
Wolborough Street
Newton Abbot
Newton Abbot
TQ12 1JQ

T: 01626 201121

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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

Newton’s Place
43 St Leonard’s Church
Wolborough Street
Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot, DEVON TQ12 1JQ