History of Blakewell Services Ltd

Founded In 2001 By Richard Tanton

Richard has been in the agricultural trade since 1971. He started Blakewell Services by selling and servicing used tractors and machinery in a workshop at home. As the machinery became larger a new workshop was required – although this was only a short drive up the road. In 2007 he became the SDF dealer for North Devon, selling Deutz Fahr.

He soon out grew the premises at Blakewell and moved into Mill Road Trading Estate in Barnstaple where he continues to grow the family business.

From these premises he expanded the machinery business taking on many top brands. Richard and his team soon moved into Horticultural sales and service, becoming the North Devon dealers for Stiga and Mountfield.

In 2013 he purchased “Devtrac” at Hatherleigh to increase the reach of the business, thus becoming the main SDF Dealer for Devon.

In 2017 the business expanded further, with the addition of the St Johns garden machinery premises.

In 2022 a new larger premises was purchased at Parkside Newport Road, this enabled all depots to be consolidated and the sites in Hatherleigh and St Johns closed. a Farm and country stores was also opened, supplying the local community with everything they may need for rural living.

Richard along with his Family run a busy, reliable business.

Richard, Sonia, Luke and Robert: Still work with the same values that the business was founded on: Great service, friendly faces and reliable machinery for all.

Meet The Team

Meet our team of staff, who are waiting to help with all your Agricultural and Horticultural needs, whether its sales, service or spares give us a call today.


Richard Tanton

Managing Director

Sonia Tanton

Managing Director

Luke Tanton

Director (Barnstaple)

Robert Ridge

Director (Hatherleigh)

Sandra Reed

Admin Staff