West Down

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For other places with the same name, see West Down (disambiguation).
West Down parish church
The centre of the village

West Down is a small village and civil parish located in North Devon, England, on the route between Braunton and Ilfracombe, nine miles north-west of Barnstaple. The village sits in a bowl in the hills at 450 feet above sea level. In 2001 its population was 620.

West Down's church is dedicated to Saint Callixtus and its first recorded priest was in 1272. The present church dates from the 14th century, partly rebuilt in 1712. Its Norman font was buried in the churchyard in the Civil War and only rediscovered in the 19th century.[1] Many of the village's other older buildings date back to the 17th century.[2]

Fullabrook Wind Farm[edit]

For many years controversy surrounded the proposed erection of wind turbines at the local Fullabrook Wind Farm.[3] There was opposition on the grounds that the wind farm would spoil the surrounding landscape and thereby disrupt tourism on which the local economy depends. However in 2007 the proposals to build 22 wind turbines were given the go-ahead, to become fully operational in 2010.[3]


  1. ^ Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 182. ISBN 1-84114-314-6. 
  2. ^ West Down, North Devon Journal. Retrieved 15 October 2014. Archived at archive.org.
  3. ^ a b Paul Eccleston, Controversial Devon Wind Farm Approved, The Telegraph, 9 October 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2014. Archived at archive.org.

External links[edit]

Media related to West Down at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°09′30″N 4°07′23″W / 51.15833°N 4.12306°W / 51.15833; -4.12306