Ivybridge, which was bypassed by the A38 Devon Expressway in 1973, and reclassified as a town four years later, is the largest of the South Hams market towns.

The original village took its unusual name from a contraction of the “Ivy Bridge”, the 12th or 13th Century crossing erected across the River Erme – and later recorded for posterity by the celebrated painter, J M W Turner.

Today the town boasts a vibrant centre with a mixture of small shops and larger businesses. There is a wide variety of amenities to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and the area also offers a choice of schools, churches of most denominations, and a number of access points to the nearby network of trunk roads.