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The old part of Marldon
Marldon is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population2,123 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSX868633
Civil parish
  • Marldon
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTQ3
Dialling code01803
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
WebsiteMarldon village website
List of places
50°27′32″N 3°35′56″W / 50.459°N 3.599°W / 50.459; -3.599Coordinates: 50°27′32″N 3°35′56″W / 50.459°N 3.599°W / 50.459; -3.599

Marldon is a village in the South Hams in Devon, United Kingdom, to the north-west of Paignton. It is the most northeasterly Civil Parish in the South Hams[2] and includes the village of Compton with Compton Castle. Beacon Hill transmitting station is on the highest point in the parish.


Church records date back to 1598.[3] The parish was in the Haytor Hundred. Marldon was a small village until the 1960s when major residential development took place.[4]

Marldon is known locally for its Apple Pie fair, which originated in the nineteenth century and was revived in 1958.[5]


Marldon is an active community with many clubs and groups meeting regularly.[6]

Two walking trails pass through the village:

  • John Musgrave Heritage Trail, a 35-mile route around Torbay [7]
  • Totnes-Torquay Trail [8]

Notable former residents[edit]

  • Robert Adams (1810–1870), inventor of the double-action revolver
  • Elizabeth Goudge (1900–1984), writer, lived at Westerland from 1939 to 1950. A number of her books were set in the area.[9]
  • Ray Tolchard (1953–2004), cricketer and umpire


  1. ^ "Usual Resident Population". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  2. ^ Parishes in the South Hams Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 30 November 2014)
  3. ^ Marldon by John Stabb (retrieved 30 November 2014)
  4. ^ South Hams Local Plan Review 1995-2011 Part 2: Dartmouth and Totnes - East Area, p44 (retrieved 30 November 2014)
  5. ^ "Apple Pie fair" (retrieved 30 November 2014]
  6. ^ Marldon village website (retrieved 30 November 2014]
  7. ^ John Musgrave Heritage Trail (retrieved 17 December 2014]
  8. ^ Walk 80 - T for three ... and John Musgrave Archived 17 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 17 December 2014]
  9. ^ Elizabeth Goudge, the Marldon years (retrieved 30 November 2014)

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