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The old part of Marldon
Marldon is located in Devon
Marldon shown within Devon
Population 1,906 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SX868633
Civil parish
  • Marldon
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PAIGNTON
Postcode district TQ3
Dialling code 01803
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
Website Marldon village website
List of places
DevonCoordinates: 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. The electoral ward with the same name had a population of 2,123 at the 2011 census.[3]


Church records date back to 1598.[4] The parish was in the Haytor Hundred. Marldon was a small village until the 1960s when major residential development took place.[5]

Marldon is known locally for its Apple Pie fair, which originated in the nineteenth century and was revived in 1958.[6]


Marldon is an active community with many clubs and groups meeting regularly.[7]

Two walking trails pass through the village:

  • John Musgrave Heritage Trail, a 35-mile route around Torbay [8]
  • Totnes-Torquay Trail [9]

Notable former residents[edit]

Elizabeth Goudge, writer, lived at Westerland from 1939 to 1950. A number of her books were set in the area.[10]

Ray Tolchard, cricketer and umpire.

Alec Farquharson, swimmer specialises in 200m butterfly


  1. ^ "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Parishes in the South Hams (retrieved 30 November 2014)
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Marldon by John Stabb (retrieved 30 November 2014)
  5. ^ South Hams Local Plan Review 1995-2011 Part 2: Dartmouth and Totnes - East Area, p44 (retrieved 30 November 2014)
  6. ^ "Apple Pie fair" (retrieved 30 November 2014]
  7. ^ Marldon village website (retrieved 30 November 2014]
  8. ^ John Musgrave Heritage Trail (retrieved 17 December 2014]
  9. ^ Walk 80 - T for three ... and John Musgrave (retrieved 17 December 2014]
  10. ^ Elizabeth Goudge, the Marldon years (retrieved 30 November 2014)

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