- Northam, Devon
Northam shown within Devon
Population 11,632 (2001 est.) OS grid reference District Torridge Shire county Devon Region South West Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town BIDEFORD Postcode district EX39 Dialling code 01237 Police Devon and Cornwall Fire Devon and Somerset Ambulance South Western EU Parliament South West England UK Parliament Torridge and West Devon List of places: UK • England • Devon
Northam is a small town in Devon, England, lying north of Bideford and south of Westward Ho!. It is thought to have been the site of an Anglo-Saxon castle, and is said to have been where Hubba the Dane attacked Devon and was repelled (perhaps by Alfred the Great or by the Earl of Devon). A little over a mile away along the coast is a town called Appledore. Between the towns of Appledore and Northam, is 'Bloody Corner'. There is a rock called 'Hubba's Rock' which is supposed to be the site where Hubba the Dane was killed by the Anglo-Saxon (or Devonshire) fyrd. Northam is also the place of birth of 'House of Horrors' serial killer Rosemary West.
Sport and recreation
Northam Burrows lies adjacent to the Taw Torridge Estuary and is an evocative landscape of saltmarsh and dunes. It is part of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway (B,WH&A,R) was most unusual amongst British railways in that although it was built as a standard gauge line it was not joined to the rest of the railway network, despite the London and South Western Railway having a station at Bideford, East-the-Water, meaning on the other side of the River Torridge from the main town.
The line was wholly situated on the peninsular made up of Westward Ho!, Northam and Appledore with extensive sand dunes the Torridge and Taw estuary. Northam station and the line closed in 1917 having been requisitioned by the War Office, and is now used as part of the Tarka Trail cycle route which forms part of the South West Coast Path.
- First 1/2 - Barntstaple to Westward Ho!/Appledore
- Stagecoach 21/21A = Barnstaple to Westward Ho!/Appledore
W.Ho Buses serve the square and Sandymeare Rd, Appledore buses serve Leonards Rd, and Atlantic Way.
- Stuckey, Douglas (1962). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway 1901-1917. Pub. West Country Publications.
- Northam at the Open Directory Project
- Northam Town Council
- Torridge District Council
- North Devon AONB website
Towns, villages and hamlets in the Torridge District of Devon, EnglandAlfardisworthy · Appledore · Bideford · Bradworthy · Buckland Brewer · Bucks Mills · Bulkworthy · Clovelly · Dolton · Great Torrington · Halwill · Hartland · Holsworthy · Huntshaw · Langtree · Little Torrington · Newton St Petrock · Northam · Milton Damerel · Peters Marland · Petrockstowe · Pyworthy · Quoditch · Stibb Cross · Tetcott · Welcombe · Westward Ho! · Woolfardisworthy Ceremonial county of Devon Unitary authorities Boroughs or districts Major settlements
- Bovey Tracey
- Budleigh Salterton
- Great Torrington
- Newton Abbot
- North Tawton
- Ottery St Mary
- South Molton
See also: List of civil parishes in Devon
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