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Newton Poppleford is a large village (population 1,692) situated on the A3052 road between Exeter and Sidmouth on the west side of the River Otter in East Devon, within the East Devon AONB. It is the principal settlement of the civil parish of Newton Poppleford and Harpford, which is surrounded clockwise from the north by the parishes of Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh and Aylesbeare.
The village is on the route of a Roman road from Axmouth to Exeter. It includes some whitewashed cob thatched cottages, several shops and St Luke's Church which was founded in 1331 (with the current structure dating from 1897). There is also a church hall, village hall, primary school and sports pavilion. A carnival procession travels through the village in the autumn. Newton Poppleford railway station closed in 1967 and was subsequently demolished.
The surroundings are known for market gardening because of the excellent soil quality in the area. A variety of daffodil (the King Alfred) was originated in the village and received an award from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1899. This renowned flower, with its large colourful trumpets, was first cultivated in the house of 'The Gardens' and premises, which is found in the centre of the village. It is one of the oldest houses in the village, dating back to the 15th Century, with cob walls and thatched roof with a quaint brook (small tributary) passing through the garden joining the River Otter. There are also fruit farms nearby.
The name Newton Poppleford means 'The New Town by the Pebble Ford.' It was originally settled by the Saxons and founded as a 'new town' in the 13th century by the Lord of the Manor of Aylesbeare. He was granted the right to hold a market, which was originally sited at the centre of the town.
There are a large number of country walks around the village and to the surrounding areas and villages.
- "Map of Devon Parishes". Devon County Council. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
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