The village of Northam in North Devon to the South and south west of Ilfracombe and Barnstable and is to the north of Great Torrington.
Northam is a large and well-built village; it is pleasantly seated on the peninsula between Barnstaple Bay and the river Torridge estuary with its evocative landscape of salt marsh and dunes and is from 1 ½ to 2½ miles N. of Bideford. Its parish contains 3578 inhabitants, and about 2700 acres of land, including the pretty little seaport of Appledore; Northam Ridge hamlet; many neat villas and scattered houses, and a large plain of turf common, called Northam Burrows, on which the inhabitants have common law rights, most probably to graze livestock on."
The District now has some 12,500 residents in about 5,800 homes.
It is part of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Kinglesy Inn in the village serves both hot and cold locally produced fare between midday and 2pm each day.
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Northam village centre with its comprehensive range of shopping facilities and amenities including a small Supermarket, Post Office, Newsagents, Dental Surgery, Health Centre, Pubs and Restaurants. Northam is within two miles of the Port and Market Town of Bideford which offers a further range of shopping facilities, Health Centres and Hospital. It is within easy reach of the Link Road which connects the area with the M5 at Tiverton and the National Motorway network. This has similarly improved the access to Barnstaple the areas major regional centre which is now approximately 15 minutes driving distance. Northam is situated within two miles of Westward Ho! famed for its sandy beach and adjoining Golf Course. The fishing village of Appledore is famed for its Quay Front, narrow streets and character properties.
Although Northam, as a Village, is one of the oldest settlements in the District, with the layout of a very ancient village which probably dates back to early Anglo-Saxon times. It has been suggested that there may have been a “Castle” at the top end of the Village, near to the entrance to Goats Hill, just above Clevelands. The name of “Castle Street” somewhat supporting this theory and being reinforced by the layout of the other main streets/roads of Fore Street, Burrough Road, Lenards Road, Cross Street and North Street. This, along with the fishing settlement of Appledore, now Irsha Street) would have been the original “District”.
There are ancient records of Northam around the 10th/11th Century and also the story of the battle with “Hubba the Dane” at Bloody Corner in the late 9th Century. The tradition says he landed at, what is now Boathyde (Hyde being the word describing a Cove, the cove being behind the embankment), with a fleet of 33 ships and marched to attack the “Hill Fort” at Kenwith. Legend states that they were defeated by Odun, Earl of Devon, he and 1000 of his men were killed, the men being buried at Bonehill (Bunhill being the old name for a burying ground), and he being buried in a Cairn, in the area now known as Hubbastone.
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