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Not to be confused with Marlborough.
Malborough is located in Devon
 Malborough shown within Devon
OS grid reference SX6939
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TQ7
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places

Coordinates: 50°14′N 3°49′W / 50.24°N 03.82°W / 50.24; -03.82

Malborough is a village located in the South Hams region of Devon. The village is located on the A381 between Kingsbridge and Salcombe, and is a popular village for tourists, with many holiday homes located around the village.

All Saints' Church and spire, Malborough

Malborough can be seen from many miles away throughout the South Hams region, due to its magnificent church spire, which is located at the highest point of Malborough. A church with a spire is rare around the South Coast of England, due to Malborough being excluded from many battles in history, where traditionally a church with a tower will be used for an advantage in war. It is also believed that Malborough was once home to groups such as the Vikings.

The village is also home to a small Co-op supermarket and Texaco petrol station, which is widely used by people from nearby villages such as Hope Cove, Bolberry, South Huish, South Milton and Galmpton.

The village also has two pubs, a large village hall and playing fields, a hotel/restaurant, a primary school, a post office and a football team.


Malborough has a number of connections with the word "Moonraker": the village cricket club,[1] a local taxi company and a house on the historic Lower Town[2] are named Moonrakers. Legend has it that a consignment of brandy was landed at Hope Cove and was in the process of being brought across Bolberry Down to Malborough when the customs men were spied riding down the valley. The smugglers threw the barrels into Jacob's Pool, but realised they could still be seen through the water in the moonlight, so started raking the surface of the pond. When the customs men asked what they were doing, they replied that they were trying to rake the moon out of the pond. Curiously this legend is also attributed to Marlborough in Wiltshire, although Malborough locals will tell you that Marlborough is a long way inland and never had smugglers.


  1. ^ "Malborough Moonrakers Cricket Club". Malborough Moonrakers Cricket Club. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "3 bedroom Cottage for sale: Moonrakers, Lower Town, Malborough, Kingsbridge". Marchand Petit. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 

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