Lynton

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Lynton
Lynton view.jpg
Lynton from Southcliff Hill
Lynton is located in Devon
Lynton
Lynton
Location within Devon
Population1,157 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSS718495
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLynton
Postcode districtEX35
Dialling code01598
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Devon
51°13′44″N 3°50′13″W / 51.229°N 3.837°W / 51.229; -3.837Coordinates: 51°13′44″N 3°50′13″W / 51.229°N 3.837°W / 51.229; -3.837

Lynton is a small town on the Exmoor coast in the North Devon district of the county of Devon, England. It is located close to the harbour village of Lynmouth, and shares the same town council. Lynton is situated approximately halfway between Barnstaple and Minehead.

Location and geography[edit]

Lynton is approximately 17 miles north-east of Barnstaple and 18 miles west of Minehead, close to the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers.[citation needed]

Lynton stands on top of the cliffs above the harbour village of Lynmouth. The two communities are governed at local level by Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council. The two settlements are connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Lynton was once the terminus for the narrow-gauge Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, which served both towns.[citation needed]

The South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail pass through, and the Two Moors Way runs from Ivybridge in South Devon to Lynmouth; the Samaritans Way South West runs from Bristol to Lynton and the Coleridge Way from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth.[citation needed]

Half a mile to the west are the Valley of Rocks and Wringcliff Bay.[citation needed]

Lynton is part of the Lynton and Lynmouth electoral ward whose total ward population at the 2011 census was 1,647.[1]

History and buildings[edit]

Lynton Town Hall

Lynton's Parish Church of St Mary, stands overlooking the sea, surrounded by shops and hotels. The tower is mainly 13th century but the church itself has been enlarged and altered — most notably in 1741 and in late Victorian/early Edwardian times.[2]

Many of the town's buildings were constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century. The town hall was given to the town by Sir George Newnes, Bart., a major benefactor of the town; it was opened on 15 August 1900.[3] He also gave the town the United Reformed Church building (originally a Congregational church) on Lee Road.[4]

Evidence of Iron Age activity can be found at the nearby Roborough Castle.[citation needed]

Twinning[edit]

Lynton and Lynmouth are jointly twinned with Bénouville in France.[5]

Transport[edit]

As of September 2020, Lynton is served by the following bus services:

  • 309/310 Lynton & Lynmouth - Barnstaple (Filers Travel)[6]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lynton & Lynmouth ward 2011". UKCensusData.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lynton and Lynmouth (1282837)". National Heritage List for England. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Town Hall, Lynton and Lynmouth (1206608)". National Heritage List for England. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  4. ^ Historic England. "United Reformed Church, Lynton and Lynmouth (1280138)". National Heritage List for England. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  5. ^ "John Pedder (44-52 B)" (obituary). Old West Buckland Association. 21 June 2018. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Bus Services". Filers Travel. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.

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