South Molton Methodist Church

About South Molton

South Molton is the historic regional centre where the beautiful Taw Valley and Exmoor meet. Having originated in early Saxon times, it was built around the church and in the Middle Ages the square was laid out as a new market place.

For centuries it was renowned for its sheep market and fairs, and the related industries of weaving and cloth manufacture. Sadly the latter declined over the years and no longer exists. However, the town still flourishes as a market town, livestock farming is a mainstay of the local economy, and markets are still held regularly in the town. The main market day is Thursdays with an extra pannier market on Saturdays.

Part of the fine Guildhall Building houses the glass roofed Pannier Market, where in the past farmers and traders sold their wares from panniers carried in from the countryside. Although tables have now replaced panniers, it is still possible to purchase homemade cakes, bread, jams, locally produced cheeses, eggs and flowers.

Tourism also came with the motorcar and the trains, and now plays a very important part in the economy of South Molton and surrounding area, the town being situated in an ideal central position within easy reach of Exmoor, Dartmoor, the rugged north coast and the beautiful sandy beaches to the west.