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Combpyne Rousdon, house at Rousdon - - 294368.jpg
Combpyne Rousdon, house at Rousdon
Rousdon is located in Devon
Rousdon shown within Devon
OS grid reference SY294912
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LYME REGIS
Postcode district DT7
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°43′00″N 2°59′55″W / 50.71671°N 2.99868°W / 50.71671; -2.99868Coordinates: 50°43′00″N 2°59′55″W / 50.71671°N 2.99868°W / 50.71671; -2.99868

Rousdon is a village in East Devon off the A3052 road between Colyford and Lyme Regis in Dorset.

The small village developed around the Mansion of the Peek family in the early 19th century. A boarding school called Allhallows moved there from Honiton in 1937 and closed in 1998.

Immediately to the south are the coastal cliffs and The Undercliff wilderness area that resulted from a landslip in 1839. The South West Coast Path is the only route through it and there is no public right of way from Rousdon to that path.


The parish and manor were anciently known over time as: Dona (per the Domesday Book of 1086), Dune, la Dune, Doune, Rawesdon, Doune Rauf, Doune Rafe, Downraff, Rowston in Axmouth, Rowston alias Downe Ralfe, Rowsedown, etc. The Devon historian Risdon called it Rowsedown, whilst his contemporary Pole called it Doune Raph.

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