Abbotsham village, Devon
Abbotsham is a village in North Devon. It lies about two and a half miles west of Bideford and had a population of 434 in the 2001 Census.
The area was known as 'Hama' in the Domesday Book of 1086. The village formed part of the original endowment of Tavistock in the late tenth century, from which it takes its name.
St. Helen parish church, originally built by the Normans, was rebuilt in the thirteenth century and features many carved statues and bench-ends.
A mile to the north of the village is Kenwith Castle, built in about 1760 in the Georgian Gothic style and now part of a hotel complex.
Thomas Arthur VC (real name McArthur), (1835-1902), recipient of the Victoria Cross during the Crimean War, was born in Abbotsham.
Abbotsham once had its own railway station at Abbotsham Road on the Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway, which was built entirely on this peninsula with no direct connection across the River Torridge to the British railway network. The locomotives were furnished with skirts to protect pedestrians as at one point the line ran along the quay at Bideford. The line had eleven halts which largely served visitors visiting the coast or travelling to swim off the beaches around Westward Ho!. The railway, authorised in 1896, was opened as far as Northam by 1901 and to Appledore in 1908. It closed in 1917.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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