Broadhempston

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Broadhempston
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Broadhempston
Population 641 (2001)
OS grid reference SX8066
Civil parish Broadhempston
District Teignbridge
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TOTNES
Postcode district TQ9
Dialling code 01803
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Newton Abbot
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Broadhempston is a small village within the Teignbridge District Council Area in the County of Devon in the South West of England ("The West Country"). It comprises 257 houses with a population (total parish) of 641.[1]

It has a good mix of generations with a church, a primary school, two pubs (the Monk's Retreat and the Coppa Dolla) and a shop/post office. The working population tends to work in neighbouring cities and towns such as Torquay, Exeter and Plymouth. There is a higher than average proportion of professional and managerial staff than the national and house ownership, as a measure of prosperity, is also high. Many of the villagers are "incomers" and they now outnumber "natives".

Until the last few years, there were five working farms within the village itself, but, in common with many rural areas, the decline in farming has meant that these are now no longer in business and have become part of the housing pool of the village.

The village is very old, having been founded in Saxon times, although the church itself is more modern, having been built in the 13th century. It suffers from diminishing congregations, although remains a focus for many village activities. The vicar serves four parishes as well as Broadhempston.

The 15th-century almshouse is now an inn. The church has a 13th-century Chancel, and 15th-century arcades, beams and bosses. The fine screen is equally old, but the baptismal font is over 600 years old. Giles Hussey, artist and theorist, is buried in the churchyard.[2]

There is a Community Woodland Project being developed. This currently has public access for pedestrians. They are in the process of developing plans to build the woodland as a community educational resource.

Outline planning permission has been granted for a new Village Hall, which aims to cater for all age groups from the village and surrounding areas. More details can be found on the Broadhempston Village Hall Facebook page.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Teignbridge Retrieved 25 June 2010
  2. ^ Dictionary of National Biography

External links[edit]

Media related to Broadhempston at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°29′N 3°41′W / 50.483°N 3.683°W / 50.483; -3.683