Meldon, Devon

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Meldon
MeldonViaduct.jpg
Meldon Viaduct from the quarry road
Meldon is located in Devon
Meldon
Meldon
Location within Devon
OS grid referenceSX5592
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOKEHAMPTON
Postcode districtEX20
Dialling code01837
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50°42′N 4°03′W / 50.7°N 4.05°W / 50.7; -4.05Coordinates: 50°42′N 4°03′W / 50.7°N 4.05°W / 50.7; -4.05

Meldon is a hamlet in West Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, England.[1] It is 4 km south-west of Okehampton. Its main features are the Meldon Quarry and Meldon Reservoir and the nearby Meldon Viaduct.

Quarries[edit]

Granite is still extracted from Meldon Quarry. The now disused Meldon Aplite Quarry has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its exposures of aplite and other rocks.

The Dartmoor Railway terminates at Meldon Quarry; the former continuation of the line to Tavistock and Plymouth continues as a cycle path. The former railway line crosses the West Okement River on the Meldon Viaduct just before reaching the quarry from the west.

Reservoir[edit]

The reservoir was formed by damming the West Okement River. It is about 1.2 km long and 300 metres wide, and extends from the West Okement valley into a small side valley.

Firing range[edit]

Immediately to the south-east is the area of the Okehampton military firing range, which is sometimes closed to the public. At other times, a footpath along the west side of the reservoir can be used to access the open moor.

Civil parish[edit]

In 1850, the civil parish of Oakhampton, or Okehampton, consisted of 9,552 acres (38.66 km2) of land, which encompassed several villages including Meldon. The hamlet is now part of the civil parish of Okehampton Hamlets.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 191 Okehampton & North Dartmoor (Crediton & Bovey Tracey) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 9780319231821.
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.

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