Lynton

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Coordinates: 51°13′49″N 3°50′11″W / 51.230396°N 3.836361°W / 51.230396; -3.836361

Lynton
Lynton view.jpg
Lynton from Southcliff Hill
Lynton is located in Devon
Lynton
Lynton
 Lynton shown within Devon
Population 1,157 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SS718495
District North Devon
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Lynton
Postcode district EX35
Dialling code 01598
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Devon North
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Lynton is a small town in Devon, England. It lies on the northern edge of Exmoor and is located at the top of a gorge above Lynmouth, to which it is connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Lynton was once the terminus for the narrow-gauge Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, which served both towns.

The two communities are governed at local level by Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council.

In Lynton is the Parish Church of St Mary, which stands overlooking the sea, surrounded by shops and hotels. The tower is mainly 13th century but the church itself has been enlarged and altered — most notably in 1741, when the nave was rebuilt, and later in Victorian times.

Lynton Town Hall

Many of the town's buildings were constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century. The town hall was given to the town by Sir George Newnes, Bart., a major benefactor of the town; it was opened on 15 August 1900. He also gave the town the Congregational church on Lee Road.

Evidence of Iron Age activity can be found at the nearby Roborough Castle.

The novel Lorna Doone was set in the Lynton area.

The South West Coast Path passes through the area, and the Two Moors Way runs from Lynmouth to Ivybridge in South Devon. To the northwest is Wringcliff Bay.

The British technical modern rock band InMe make semi frequent lyrical references to the Lynton/Lynmouth area in their lyrical material. Lynton is name-checked in "In Loving Memory" on their third album Daydream Anonymous and Lynmouth is name checked in "Saccharine Arcadia" on Phoenix: The Very Best of InMe. Lead singer Dave McPherson also has a song entitled "Sunny Lynton" on his EP Crescent Summer Sessions and refers to Watersmeet on "Waltzing in a Supermarket" on "I Don't Do Requests".

Twinning[edit]

The town of Lynton and Lynmouth is twinned with Bénouville in France....

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