East Portlemouth

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The village hall in East Portlemouth

East Portlemouth is a small Devon village situated at the southern end of the Kingsbridge Estuary, on the south Devon Coast. The population of this parish taken at the 2011 census was 162.[1] The village is sited on a hill giving views to the north to Kingsbridge and on a clear day as far as Dartmoor. There is a small ferry that runs to Salcombe and a beach that is popular with holidaymakers.

The place-name 'Portlemouth' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Porlamuta. This is thought to derive from the Old English Portwellan-mutha, meaning 'mouth of the port well', that is to say 'mouth of the harbour stream', the village being at the mouth of a river.[2]

The village is popular with celebrities as a second-home base, where home owners include Steve Rider, Kate Bush and Michael Parkinson. [3]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 371.
  3. ^ "Steve Rider Planning objection". Retrieved 10 March 2008.

Coordinates: 50°14′N 3°45′W / 50.233°N 3.750°W / 50.233; -3.750