Georgeham

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Georgeham
Georgeham church.jpg
Georgeham church
Georgeham is located in Devon
Georgeham
Georgeham
 Georgeham shown within Devon
Population 1,487 (2001)
OS grid reference SP704547
Civil parish Georgeham
District North Devon
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRAUNTON
Postcode district EX33
Dialling code 01271
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Devon
List of places
UK
England
Devon

Coordinates: 51°08′N 4°11′W / 51.13°N 04.19°W / 51.13; -04.19

Georgeham is a village and civil parish near Croyde, North Devon in North Devon. Georgeham is an historic village lying close to some of the most dramatic beaches of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which are flanked by the rocky headlands of Baggy Point and Saunton Down, although there are no views of the sea or coastline from the village itself.[1] The character of the village is typically rural. The majority of the historic development in the village can be located to the east and south-west of the church.[2] The village is also characterized by thatched cottages arranged in an irregular fashion along narrow lanes. [3] There is a Victorian village school, a medieval church and a 17th Century public house called 'The Rock'.[4]

Pronunciation is a controversial issue.[5] Traditionalists maintain that there is in fact an emphasis on both the syllables George and ham. Others, usually outsiders who do not originally come from North Devon, believe there to be no pronunciation on the ham, thus making it sound George- um.

The hamlet of Cross lies between Georgeham and Croyde.

History[edit]

Georgeham was first documented in the Domesday Book where it appears under the name 'Hama'.[6] The village's current name, which first appeared in 1535, followed the dedication of the Parish church to Saint George.[7] Prior to 1535 the village was also referred to as 'Ham St. George' and 'George Ham'.[8]

The village gave its name to HMS Georgeham, a Ham class minesweeper.

After serving in the First World War Henry Williamson lived in the village from 1921 in Skirr Cottage where he wrote his first published work 'The Beautiful Years' as well as his most celebrated work Tarka the Otter.[9] His grave lies in the village churchyard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.britishplacenames.co.uk/ss4639-georgeham-devon, "British Place Names" Retrieved 15 October 2014
  2. ^ http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/georgeham_appraisal.pdf, "Georgeham Conservation Area Character Appraisal" Retrieved 15 October 2014
  3. ^ http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/georgeham_appraisal.pdf, "Georgeham Conservation Area Character Appraisal" Retrieved 15 October 2014
  4. ^ http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/georgeham_appraisal.pdf, "Georgeham Conservation Area Character Appraisal" Retrieved 15 October 2014
  5. ^ http://www.britishplacenames.co.uk/ss4639-georgeham-devon, "British Place Names" Retrieved 15 October 2014
  6. ^ http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/georgeham_appraisal.pdf, "Georgeham Conservation Area Character Appraisal" Retrieved 15 October 2014
  7. ^ http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/georgeham_appraisal.pdf, "Georgeham Conservation Area Character Appraisal" Retrieved 15 October 2014
  8. ^ http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/georgeham_appraisal.pdf, "Georgeham Conservation Area Character Appraisal" Retrieved 15 October 2014
  9. ^ http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/georgeham_appraisal.pdf, "Georgeham Conservation Area Character Appraisal" Retrieved 15 October 2014

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