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Halwell from near Moreleigh, South Devon - geograph.org.uk - 98894.jpg
The village of Halwell as seen from nearby Moreleigh
Halwell is located in Devon
 Halwell shown within Devon
OS grid reference SX776531
Civil parish Halwell and Moreleigh
District South Hams
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TOTNES
Postcode district TQ9 7
Dialling code 01548
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South Hams
List of places

Coordinates: 50°21′58″N 3°43′16″W / 50.366°N 3.721°W / 50.366; -3.721

Halwell is a small village located within the South Hams district council area, in Devon, South West England.


It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Totnes, 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Kingsbridge and 8 miles (13 km) west of Dartmouth, on the junction of the A381 and A3122 roads serving the three towns.


Alfred the Great (871-899) had a fortified town, or burh, built at Halwell. According to the Burghal Hidage, an early 10th Century document setting out the details of all burhs then functioning, Halwell's wall was 1237 feet long and the nominated garrison consisted of 300 men drawn from the surrounding district in the event of an invasion. The other burhs in Devon were Exeter, Pilton (near Barnstaple) and Lydford. In the 10th Century, possibly as early as 907, the burh was transferred to Totnes, probably because it was better placed for trade at a time when the Viking threat had diminished.