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Cheldon is a village and former civil parish, 17 miles (27 km) north-west of Exeter, now in the parish of Chulmleigh, in the North Devon district, in the county of Devon, England. In 1961, the parish had a population of 32.
The name "Cheldon" means "Ceadela's hill". Cheldon was recorded in the Domesday Book as Cadeldone/Cheledone/Cha(d)eledona. The parish was historically in the Witheridge hundred. On 1 April 1986, the parish was abolished and merged with Chulmleigh.
"Doing a Cheldon"
The village is thought to be the origin of the phrase "to do a Cheldon", meaning "to inadvertently cause a series of calamitous events", although alternative theories have been proposed. Longtime Cheldon resident Agnes P. Widdicombe attributes the phrase to an incident in 1918 in which a resident attempted to kill a marauding badger with a homemade flamethrower; the burning badger entered the village church and ignited a First World War munitions dump, causing an explosion that killed all 17 people inside at the time.
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