Nymet Rowland is a small village, and parish of the same name, in central Devon, England, north of Dartmoor. It takes part of its name from "Nymet", the old name for the nearby River Yeo. It is located just to the west of Lapford and south of Nymet Bridge, within the Mid Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Winkleigh Hundred; today the North Tawton hundred. It falls within the Chulmleigh Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes.
Nymet Rowland has a 15th-century church (St. Bartholomew). Traces of the 12th-century church remain in the S. doorway, and in the crude font.
Nymet Rowland achieved brief prominence in the 1870s as the home of the Cheritons (nicknamed by the media the "North Devon savages"), a farming family living under primitive conditions whose lifestyle caused national outrage.
Notes and references
- The landscape of Britain: from the beginnings to 1914, Michael A. Reed, 1990, ISBN 0-389-20933-3
- Nymet Rowland Community Page, Devon Libraries Local Studies Service
- The North Devon savages, In Strange Company: Being the Experiences of a Roving Correspondent, James Greenwood, 1874, ISBN 978-1-113-11713-7 Google Books reprint.
- A Tribe of English Savages, New York Times, November 11, 1871,
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