Dolton, Devon

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Dolton Lane leading to Cleave Farm

Dolton is a small village and civil parish in the Torridge district of Devon, in south-west England. The parish is surrounded, clockwise from the north, by the parishes of Beaford, Ashreigney, Winkleigh, Dowland, Meeth, Huish and Merton.[1] The parish has a population of around 900. Dolton is in the electoral ward of Three Bridges which had a population at the 2011 census of 1,643.[2]

Dolton appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Duueltone. The name may mean "farmstead in the open country frequented by doves" (Old English dūfe + feld + tūn).[3]

Dolton Parish Church

The village has five small shops, and is served by one bus service, the 5b between Barnstaple and Exeter. The Tarka Trail passes by Dolton. The parish church is dedicated to St Edmund. The historic stately home Stafford Barton is close by. Dolton is twinned with Amfreville in France, and Hillerse in Germany.

Anthony Horneck FRS, the Protestant theologian, lived in Dolton between 1670 and 1671,[4] and as of 2011 the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts lived in the parish.[5]


  1. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Three Bridges Ward 2011". Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia; Mills, A. D.; Room, Adrian (2002). The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: the University Press. p. 1011. ISBN 978-0-19-860561-4.
  4. ^ "Horneck, Anthony". Cambridge University. Archived from the original on 2013-04-19.
  5. ^ Paul Donovan (25 August 2011). "Villagers get a rare chance to meet rock star neighbour". North Devon Journal. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.

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Coordinates: 50°53′N 4°02′W / 50.883°N 4.033°W / 50.883; -4.033