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Brendon is located in Devon
 Brendon shown within Devon
Population 159 
OS grid reference SS7693148214
Civil parish Brendon and Countisbury
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 North Devon (UK Parliament constituency)
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Coordinates: 51°13′12″N 3°45′50″W / 51.220°N 3.764°W / 51.220; -3.764

Brendon is a village in Devon, England, close to the border with Somerset within the Exmoor National Park. The village is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Lynton and 15 miles (24 km) west of Minehead in the East Lyn Valley. It is located just off the A39 and is on two long distance footpaths, the Coleridge Way and the Samaritans Way South West. The Church of St Brendon is 2 mi (3 km) from the village and was built in 1738, possibly bringing the building material from another site.

The village[edit]

The Church of St. Brendon was built in 1738, possibly using the stones from the original church at Cheriton. It lies midway between Cheriton and Brendon, about two miles (3 km) from each, and has a tower and four bells. The church was further restored in the nineteenth century and houses a Norman font. There is a sundial above the porch dated 1707.[1]

The village is located just off the A39 and its population was 159 in 2001. The parish of Brendon is roughly square in shape and is defined by the East Lyn River to the north, the Hoaroak Water to the west and the Badgworthy Water to the east; a tributary of the latter, the Hoccombe Water defines part of its southern boundary. Brendon Common occupies a part of the moorland area which characterises the south of the parish. Badgeworthy Water is crossed by the 17th century packhorse Malmsmead Bridge.[2][3][4][5]


The name contains two Old English place-name elements, the first – from brom – referring to the plant broom and the second – from dun – which tends to signify a fairly extensive and flat hill or upland expanse.[6] It is recorded in the Domesday Book as Brandone. It is not connected with the Brendon Hills in Somerset, the name of which has a different origin.[7]

White's Devonshire Directory (1850) describes Brendon as follows:

A small village 1½ miles SE of Lynton & 15 miles W of Minehead is in a picturesque valley of the river Lyn, has in its parish 271 souls & 6733 acres of land including Leeford hamlet & a large tract of moorland on the borders of Somersetshire where the rivers Exe, Lyn and Barle have their sources. F. W. Knight Esq. is the Lord of the mannor owner of most of the soil, and patron of the rectory ... valued in 1831 at £148. The Rev. T. Roe of Oare, Somerset is the incumbent, and has 57a, 2r, 22p, of glebe. The parsonage is a small cottage, and the church [St. Brendon] is an ancient structure with a tower and 4 bells.[1]

Brendon is home to the Exmoor Folk Festival,[8] and is both on the route of the Coleridge Way and the Samaritans Way South West.

Since 2012, Brendon has formed part of the civil parish of Brendon and Countisbury, having previously been a civil parish in its own right.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Brendon". GENUKI. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Malmsmead Bridge". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Malmsmead Bridge". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Malmsmead Bridge". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "MSO7729 – Malmsmead Bridge". Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record. Exmoor National Park. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Gelling, M. and Cole, A. 2000 The Landscape of Place-names Shaun Tyas, Stamford, Lincs ISBN 1900289261 pp. 164–168
  7. ^ Ekwall, E. 1981 The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, Fourth edition, Clarendon Press, Oxford p63
  8. ^ "Exmoor Folk Festival". Exmoor and Devon. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "The North Devon District Council (Reorganisation of Community Governance) No. 1 Order 2012" (PDF). North Devon District Council. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 

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