Gidleigh

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Coordinates: 50°40′48″N 3°52′50″W / 50.6800°N 3.8806°W / 50.6800; -3.8806

Gidleigh
Gidleigh is located in Devon
Gidleigh
Gidleigh
 Gidleigh shown within Devon
Population 428 [1] (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SX671884
    - London  196 miles (315 km) 
Civil parish Gidleigh
District West Devon
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWTON ABBOT
Postcode district TQ13
Dialling code 01647
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Torridge and West Devon
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Gidleigh is a village and civil parish in the West Devon district of Devon, England. Gidleigh is located within Dartmoor National Park.

Holy Trinity granite church in 1971

Historically the parish consisted of a number of farmsteads and associated cottages scattered around the focal point of Holy Trinity church (late C15-early C16, with some C17 windows and C19 additions[2]) and the adjacent Gidleigh Castle, which is now in private hands. The population peaked at 180 in the mid 19th century. The 20th century saw the development of some substantial gentleman's residences - notably Gidleigh Park, which subsequently became a country house hotel - and the building of a village hall. The population is currently around the 130 mark. Gidleigh has never had a village shop, and residents rely on nearby Chagford for shops and other services.

Scorhill, one of the largest and best preserved stone circles in Devon, is near the village on Gidleigh Common.

In fiction[edit]

Gidleigh is the setting for "The Mad Monk of Gidleigh" by Michael Jecks, which is set in 1323.

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