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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
EU ParliamentSouth West England
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 (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 (retrieved 17 December 2014]
  9. ^ Elizabeth Goudge, the Marldon years (retrieved 30 November 2014)

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