We hope, via this website, to share with you much of the majesty of Monkton Parish, East Devon. We are very proud of our parish and it’s history and through this website we would like to share this with you.
The beautiful Parish of Monkton sits nestled in the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that lies North East of Honiton.
The landscape consists of rolling hills, ancient woodland, sites and buildings of Special Interest, beautiful landscapes, rivers and diverse flora and fauna.
“MONKTON is a small picturesque village and parish on the south bank of the river Otter, and on the high road from Honiton to Taunton and Ilminster, 2 miles north-east from Honiton station on the main line of the London and South Western railway, 18 miles north-east from Exeter and 16 miles south from Taunton, in the Eastern division of the county, Colyton hundred, Honiton petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Dunkeswell and Honiton and archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter. The church of St. Mary Magdalene, excepting the tower, was entirely rebuilt of stone in 1862, in the Norman style, there are 130 sittings. The register of baptisms dates from the year 1737; marriages, 1742; burials, 1741. The chief crops are wheat, oats and turnips. The acreage is 1,441; the population in 1891 was 129 in the civil and 109 in the ecclesiastical parish.” [From: Kelly’s Directory of Devonshire, 1902]
The River Otter rises in the Blackdown Hills just inside the county of Somerset, near Otterford, then flows south for some 32 km through East Devon to the English Channel at the western end of Lyme Bay, part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The river passes through or by Upottery, Rawridge, Monkton, Honiton (then below the A30 trunk road), Alfington, Ottery St Mary, Tipton St John, Newton Poppleford, Otterton and reaches the coast to the east of Budleigh Salterton, after flowing through the 57-acre (230,000 m2) Otter Estuary Nature Reserve – a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – consisting of tidal mudflats and saltmarsh. The Otter is the only river in England known to contain a breeding population of beavers, a species that died out in Britain in around 1550.
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