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Parkham is a small village, civil parish and former manor situated 5 miles south-west of the town of Bideford in North Devon, England. The parish, which lies within the Kenwith ward in the Torridge Parliamentary District, is surrounded clockwise from the north by the parishes of Alwington, Littleham, Buckland Brewer, East Putford and Woolfardisworthy. In 2001 its population was 742, compared to 786 in 1901.
Although there is a substantial farming community around Parkham, the majority of incomes are earned outside of the village. During the summer months tourism contributes to the economy through a number of guest houses in the area. In the centre of the village is a public house, The Bell Inn. There is also a butcher, G E Honey & Son. There is a Youth Club every Thursday in the Methodist chapel and every second Friday of the month in the village hall. Parkham has a primary school which is now federated with Buckland Brewer primary school and have around 90 pupils between them.
The following historic estates are within the parish:
- Halsbury, today a farmhouse called Halsbury Barton, long a seat of the ancient Giffard family, a distant descendant of which was the lawyer Hardinge Stanley Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury (1823–1921), who adopted the name Halsbury for his earldom and was the author of Halsbury's Statutes, the authoritative source for statute law in England and Wales.
- Bableigh, seat of the Risdon family from the 13th to 18th centuries.
- "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. pp. 131–2. ISBN 1-84114-314-6.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1989) . Cherry, Bridget, ed. The Buildings of England: Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 624. ISBN 0-14-071050-7.
- "372 Bradworthy–Barnstaple" (PDF). Devon County Council.
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