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The church of St James at Parkham (geograph 3702315).jpg
St James church
Parkham is located in Devon
Parkham shown within Devon
OS grid reference SS3821
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bideford
Postcode district EX39
Dialling code 01237
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°58′N 4°18′W / 50.96°N 04.30°W / 50.96; -04.30Coordinates: 50°58′N 4°18′W / 50.96°N 04.30°W / 50.96; -04.30

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.[1] In 2001 its population was 742, compared to 786 in 1901.[2]

The large parish church, dedicated to St James, is mostly 15th century, though it still has a Norman doorway and font. It was restored by R. W. Drew in 1875.[2][3]

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.

As of 2011, one bus route serves Parkham, the 372 BradworthyBarnstaple operated by Beacon Bus, with 1–2 buses in each direction Monday to Friday.[4]

Historic estates[edit]

The following historic estates are within the parish:


  1. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. pp. 131–2. ISBN 1-84114-314-6. 
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1989) [1952]. Cherry, Bridget, ed. The Buildings of England: Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 624. ISBN 0-14-071050-7. 
  4. ^ "372 Bradworthy–Barnstaple" (PDF). Devon County Council. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Parkham at Wikimedia Commons