Ivybridge then & now
It is fitting that we provide you with JMW Turner's perspective on 'Ivy Bridge' before before bringing you up to date with how the town has developed.
Known as the 'Painter of Light', Turner is famous for his watercolour depictions of rural English scenery. He toured the West Country in 1790, probably providing the inspiration for the Ivy Bridge painting itself. It is fair to say that the arch on the right of the scene is highly reminiscent of the bridge as it exists today.
(Mildly interesting trivia: Intel, the manufacturer of microprocessors for computers, laptops and mobile devices, has codenamed its 2012 chipset 'Ivy Bridge'. Is there a connection to Turner's painting, or to the town of Ivybridge itself? Or is this mere coincidence?).
Town Centre The town of Ivybridge has developed from rural Devonshire village, sitting on the banks of the River Erme, between the parishes of Cornwood and Ermington, into what I would describe as a 'working Devonshire town'.
The town is administered by the South Hams district council in partnership with Ivybridge Town Council. It provides access to all of the facilities and amenities which you would expect of a provincial town, including supermarket, local butcher, delicatessen, cafe, restaurants & bars, junior and senior schools, colleges of further education, indoor tennis centre, swimming pool, gym and other sports facilities.
Around Ivybridge As administrators of an area of outstanding natural beauty, the South Hams authority takes its community and environmental responsibilities very seriously. The effect of its policies can be seen in the cleanliness of the town and its environs, its policies towards recycling & waste management and in its support for community activities such as the annual 'Ivybridge in Bloom' competition.
In essence, we feel a real community cohesion exists in Ivybridge between the authorities and the local community. This spirit has sadly waned or disappeared in so many other parts of England.
For those who crave all that Plymouth has to offer, the city can be reached within a 15 minute drive and is just one stop beyond Ivybridge on the Bristol//Exeter/Plymouth main railway line.