Bulverton

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Bulverton
Old Manor Cottage Bulverton - geograph.org.uk - 1471848.jpg
Cottage in Bulverton (Dark lane)
Bulverton is located in Devon
Bulverton
Bulverton
Bulverton shown within Devon
OS grid reference SY119888
Civil parish
  • Sidmouth
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SIDMOUTH
Postcode district EX10
Dialling code 01395
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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50°41′31″N 3°14′53″W / 50.692°N 3.248°W / 50.692; -3.248Coordinates: 50°41′31″N 3°14′53″W / 50.692°N 3.248°W / 50.692; -3.248

Bulverton is a small hamlet on the outskirts of Sidmouth, Devon, England.

Area Information[edit]

Bulverton comprises low-density residential housing, areas of farmland and a wooded plantation and is connected by road to Sidmouth by the B3176.

During the Sidmouth Folk Week the area is the location of the Bulverton Late Night Extra.[1]

Since 1963 much of the Bulverton area has fallen under the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty[2]:

The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) landscape is characterised by intimate wooded combes, vast areas of heathland, fertile river valleys and breathtaking cliffs or hilltops. It includes the East Devon section of the Jurassic Coast[3] - England's first natural World Heritage Site - and is a living, working landscape shaped by many centuries of farming activity.

History[edit]

Historically the area was a submanor of Balfour Manor, farmed from two locations Bulverton Farm (now Bulverton House) and Bulverton Well Farm (now Bulverton Well Cottages).

The view from Bulverton Hill[4] is thought to have inspired 19th century poet and hymn writer John Keble who was a frequent visitor to Sidmouth. Keble’s Seat at Bulverton Hill is named after him and commands a panoramic view of the Lower Otter Valley and Dartmoor in the distance.

Railway[edit]

The former Sidmouth Railway station[5] is nearby, with the embankment still visible in certain areas. A proposed cycle route involving Sustrans[6] may use part of the embankment in the future to link outlying towns and villages to Sidmouth.

Climate[edit]

The Met Office have a climate station at Sidmouth in the generality of Bulverton that records the comparatively mild United Kingdom climate.

Climate data for Sidmouth Station 1981–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.9
(48)
8.8
(47.8)
10.8
(51.4)
12.8
(55)
15.9
(60.6)
18.5
(65.3)
20.5
(68.9)
20.5
(68.9)
18.5
(65.3)
15.2
(59.4)
11.9
(53.4)
9.4
(48.9)
14.3
(57.7)
Average low °C (°F) 3.3
(37.9)
2.9
(37.2)
4.3
(39.7)
5.3
(41.5)
8.5
(47.3)
11.1
(52)
13.2
(55.8)
13.1
(55.6)
11.1
(52)
8.8
(47.8)
5.8
(42.4)
3.7
(38.7)
7.6
(45.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 81.8
(3.22)
62.8
(2.472)
66.9
(2.634)
59.6
(2.346)
55.2
(2.173)
50.4
(1.984)
51.1
(2.012)
58.2
(2.291)
62.5
(2.461)
89.0
(3.504)
84.8
(3.339)
91.7
(3.61)
813.9
(32.043)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 67.7 84.6 119.1 168.6 191.0 197.4 213.7 198.1 145.2 110.2 81.9 60.1 1,637.7
Source: Met Office[7]

In fiction[edit]

The Extremes is a BSFA Award winning 1998 science fiction novel by Christopher Priest, partly set in a fictional seaside resort town called Bulverton.

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