Lynton is a small town on the Exmoor coast in the North Devon district of the county of Devon, England, approximately 17 miles (27 km) north-east of Barnstaple and 18 miles (29 km) west of Minehead, and close to the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers.[citation needed]

Lynton
Lynton view.jpg
Lynton from Southcliff Hill
Lynton is located in Devon
Lynton
Lynton
Location within Devon
Population1,157 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSS718495
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLynton
Postcode districtEX35
Dialling code01598
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Devon
51°13′44″N 3°50′13″W / 51.229°N 3.837°W / 51.229; -3.837Coordinates: 51°13′44″N 3°50′13″W / 51.229°N 3.837°W / 51.229; -3.837

GovernanceEdit

Lynton is part of the Lynton and Lynmouth electoral ward whose total ward population at the 2011 census was 1,647.[1] The two communities are governed at local level by Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council.

Location and geographyEdit

The two settlements are connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway.

The South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail pass through, and the Two Moors Way runs from Ivybridge in South Devon to Lynmouth. The Samaritans Way South West runs from Bristol to Lynton and the Coleridge Way from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth.[citation needed]

The Valley of Rocks and Wringcliff Bay are 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the west.[citation needed]

History and buildingsEdit

Evidence of Iron Age activity can be found at the nearby Roborough Castle.[citation needed]

Lynton's Parish Church of St Mary, stands overlooking the sea, surrounded by shops and hotels. The tower is mainly 13th century but the church itself has been enlarged and altered — most notably in 1741 and in late Victorian/early Edwardian times.[2]

Many of the town's buildings were constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century. Lynton Town Hall was given to the town by Sir George Newnes, Bart., a major benefactor of the town; it was opened on 15 August 1900.[3] He also gave the town the United Reformed Church building (originally a Congregational church) on Lee Road.[4]

TwinningEdit

Lynton and Lynmouth are jointly twinned with Bénouville in France.[5]

TransportEdit

Lynton was once the terminus for the narrow-gauge Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, which served both towns.[citation needed]

As of September 2020, Lynton is served by the following bus services:

  • 309/310 Lynton & Lynmouth - Barnstaple (Filers Travel)[6]

SportEdit

 
Lynton & Lynmouth Cricket Club

The Lynton & Lynmouth Cricket Club, founded in August 1876, meet at the Valley of the Rocks.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lynton & Lynmouth ward 2011". UKCensusData.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lynton and Lynmouth (1282837)". National Heritage List for England. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Town Hall, Lynton and Lynmouth (1206608)". National Heritage List for England. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  4. ^ Historic England. "United Reformed Church, Lynton and Lynmouth (1280138)". National Heritage List for England. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  5. ^ "John Pedder (44-52 B)" (obituary). Old West Buckland Association. 21 June 2018. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Bus Services". Filers Travel. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.

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