base for 3ma11 will be the Passage House Hotel in Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot in Devon, England.
Founded in the early eighth century as the centre of a vast
Saxon estate between Teignmouth and Manaton, Kingsteignton
was a key settlement providing rich pickings for Danish
raiders who came in 1001. It is situated at the head of the
Teign estuary, and it has been established as the centre of
the clay industry since 1791 when Josiah Wedgwood first
purchased Kingsteignton clay; a fine quality clay deposited
by a quirk of geology on the eastern edge of the Bovey Basin
about 40 million years ago.
Kingsteignton was, until recently, purported to be the
largest village in England. In 1982 the village of
Kingsteignton was under threat of becoming part of the town
of Newton Abbot so the Parish Council decided that
Kingsteignton should become a town to protect its separate
identity. The decision to change its status without any
consultation angered many residents and a referendum
restored the village status. By 2008 the village, with
a population of over 13,000, was of a size bigger than many
of the towns in Teignbridge - in fact, it is the third
largest settlement after Newton Abbot & Teignmouth. There
was then once again an impending threat of local government
reorganisation which would have meant that Kingsteignton
would be taken over by Newton Abbot so the Parish Council
took the decision to change status again and become a town.
The 'new' town of Kingsteignton was born on 1st January
The Passage House Hotel is one of the best equipped hotels
in the Newton Abbot area and is the only large hotel in
Kingsteignton. It offers a range of amenities for
everyone to enjoy, from conference facilities
to a health spa and leisure club and most importantly for
us, it has several car parks with plenty of onsite parking.
There has been a hostelry next to the tidal ford on the site
since Roman times. Travellers would arrive and wait to cross
the river and the hostelry became known as the ‘passage
way’. The Passage House Hotel was built next to this 17th
century Inn on the banks of the Teign estuary. This south Devon
hotel offers everything you would expect from a modern
hotel, with the benefits of friendly personal service and a
genuinely warm welcome.
We have negotiated a special inclusive deal for dinner, bed
and breakfast and we'll also have free reserved parking for our 131s. Please see details of our
special 3ma11 hotel deal in the
Travel & Accommodation section of our website and ensure
you book your rooms early to avoid disappointment as
alternative accommodation in the area is near impossible
with the Passage House Hotel being the only large hotel in Kingsteignton.