Pennsylvania, Exeter

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Coordinates: 50°44′02″N 3°31′44″W / 50.734°N 3.529°W / 50.734; -3.529

Pennsylvania Park, Exeter

Pennsylvania is a suburb situated on the high ground to the north of the city of Exeter in the county of Devon, England. It lies between the ancient deer park of Duryard[1] and Stoke Hill and was the last area of the city to be developed, because of its steep-sided valleys. It was named after the US state by Joseph Sparkes, a Quaker banker who built the first terrace there in about 1820.

Its southern slopes, nearest to the city, include many spacious late Victorian and Edwardian houses, while on the steep higher hills, heading north out of Exeter, the housing is mainly 1920s–1970s, with a few newer estates on the city's extremities.

Its proximity within walking distance of Exeter University[2] has made it popular with academics and students. J. K. Rowling was a resident of Pennsylvania while a student at Exeter University in the late 1980s.[3]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 192 Exeter & Sidmouth (Exmouth & Teignmouth) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 978-0-319-23139-5.
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania Road Pennsylvania, Exeter". Robert Williams, Estate Agents. Retrieved 13 November 2016. Set in an elevated position with open views within walking distance of Exeter University campus and the City Centre.
  3. ^ Fraser, Lindsey. Conversations with J.K. Rowling, p. 34. Scholastic.