East Allington village, Devon
East Allington is a charming village in South Devon. It lies on the side of a secluded valley approximately one mile to the east of the A381, and about three miles from Kingsbridge. The coast at Slapton Sands is about five miles to the southeast. East Allington also includes the hamlet of The Mounts, about a mile away, and a number of outlying farms and houses. The population of East Allington was 617 in the year 2000.
The Church of St. Andrew's overlooks the village from a hillside position, and East Allington Primary School nestles beside the church. East Allington is located within the South Hams local authority area. Historically, it formed part of Stanborough Hundred, and for ecclesiastical purposes, East Allington falls within Woodleigh Deanery.
It was in East Allington Church, on 12th November 1943, that the announcement was first made to the people of a large part of the South Hams that they were all to be evacuated from the area by 20 December 1943. Although nobody was told the reason, it was because The War Office had chosen to use Slapton Sands to rehearse the D-Day landings, as the beach at Slapton is very similar to the beach at Normandy which had been chosen for the landings.
Ultimately, 749 American soldiers lost their lives at Slapton Sands in April 1944 in a German attack during the exercises.
Today, East Allington is a thriving village, with some new housing recently completed. It has a Church, Primary School, Village Hall, Pub and Recreation Ground. Every year the road through the village is closed for the whacky races which involve home-made soap box style go-karts racing downhill against the clock along a course lined with hay bales and crowds of people.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: