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Abandoned winding gear at Bucks Mills, 26 July 2015. Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. © Dave Tylcoat
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The Burrington peanut burglars!

Mouse stealing bird nuts!
We wondered where all the bird nuts were going...
I think this is a Harvest Mouse - or is it a Field Mouse?
Photo by Dave Tylcoat, 11 July 2007

Squirrel stealing bird nuts!
24 July 2011 - a new peanut burglar!
A Grey Squirrel.
Photo by Dave Tylcoat.
Both photos taken in our garden in Burrington.



Small oak tree    BURRINGTON NEWS - BURRINGTON EVENTS    Small oak tree


Reasons to live in Burrington, Part 3:
We are only an hour & a half drive from here...

Camel estuary, Cornwall
Stepper Point and Pentire Point from between Rock & Daymer Bay.
Photo Sue Tylcoat






Burrington is roughly 540 ft above sea level and situated about a mile to the west of the beautiful Taw valley - "Tarka Country", in North Devon.  For those who love the outdoors this is the place to be - we are between Exmoor and Dartmoor.  The North Devon coast is renowned for its rugged beauty and clean beaches.
Small oak tree   The oak tree that stands in the village square is said to be about 500 years old, recent major surgery has given the tree a new lease of life.  In the 'Alphabet of Parishes' project based at the Beaford Arts Centre the village is represented by the letter O - for Oak.  A pottery plaque designed and made by local potter Harry Juniper, commemorating the centenary of the Parish Council and bearing a picture of the oak tree, is displayed in the porch of the Parish Hall.


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Local hotels

** Be sure to ask for our local speciality:   'Tarka Masala'  -  it's like 'tikka masala'  -  but a little otter...

The Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club
One of the highest quality country house hotels in Devon, beautifully set in a richly wooded 200 acre parkland estate nestling between the Mole and Taw Valleys.  Boasting breathtaking views towards the romantic landscapes of Exmoor and Dartmoor, the 42 bedroom hotel is truly a hidden treasure.  Situated in The Pavilion, a fully equipped fitness suite, kitted out with the latest Life Fitness equipment and manned by qualified, attentive staff, is available to those who like to use exercise as a means of unwinding from the stresses of modern life.  There are qualified coaches available to give lessons in tennis, swimming, golf and fishing.

Northcote Manor - English Country House Hotel
Northcote Manor Country Hotel has scooped another prestigious award by being nominated ‘The Most Excellent Country Hotel’ by Condé Nast Johansens.  • AA RED STARS • The Which? Hotel Guide 2002 • AA 2 Rosettes 2002 • RAC "Gold Ribbon" Award 2002 • The Good Food Guide 2002 • Tourist Board GOLD Award 2002 • The Good Hotel Guide 2002 • RAC Cooking Award level 3 2002 • Member of Pride of Britain Hotels 2002 • MICHELIN 2001 Guide TWO RED Turrets and RED Comfort Award.  Northcote Manor Country House Hotel, Burrington, Umberleigh, North Devon EX37 9LZ.  Tel: 01769 560501 Fax: 01769 560770.

Fox & Hounds Country Hotel
The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel is nestled in the beautiful Taw Valley.  Ideally situated for your country break.  The grounds border the River Taw and offer some of the finest woodland walks and fishing in the area.  Situated on the A377, halfway between Exeter and Barnstaple, Dartmoor and Exmoor.  A superb location to take advantage of Devon at its best.  It is only a 2 minute walk from Eggesford Station.




Mildred - one of the local girls
The 'Lady Shave' hasn't reached Devon yet.
Oil on hardboard,  14" x 11",  ©  Dave Tylcoat  2011




Local businesses & services


Local Tradesmen
High Bickington Community & Business Directory - local builders, electricians, plumbers, car repairs, etc.

Old postcards for sale - Alte Ansichtkarten zu verkaufen - Cartes postales anciennes à vendre - Venta de tarjetas postales antiguas.
Dave Tylcoat.  Tel: 01769 520630.
  Postcards  - -  Art Postcards

Riverford Organic Vegetables
Based in Buckfastleigh, suppliers of fresh, local, organic vegetables - they deliver to Burrington.  High quality & tasty!
Tel: 0845 6002311  Web: www.riverford.co.uk

The PC Geek
PC repairs, upgrades, health checks, tuition. 10 years experience. New & second hand PCs for sale. Callout anywhere in North Devon.
Contact Andy Carnegie, Tel: 0800 9788610  Mob: 07903 566861  Email: tpcgeek@hotmail.co.uk  Web: http://www.tpcgeek.co.uk/

Martin Marks - Professional Decorator
ICI Select Decorator. Interior and Exterior decoration to include paper hanging, special effects, period restoration, tiling, carpentry, repairs. 30 years experience, fully insured, guaranteed work.  FREE quotations and advice. Tel: 01769 520368. Sunnymead, Burrington.

The Barnstaple Inn
Theresa & Mick Harding, The Barnstaple Inn, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9JG. Tel: 01769 520457.

Victor Le Fort
Central heating boiler servicing & breakdowns. Oil, gas, LPG & solid fuel. Victor Le Fort, Mill Moor Cottage, Hansford, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9ES. Tel / Fax: 01769 520285.

Higher Hacknell Farm, Organic Beef and Lamb
Organic Beef, Lamb, Christmas Turkeys, Chicken, and Pork. "Richly flavoured Devon beef and lamb...at exceptionally affordable prices" Lynda Brown -The shopper's guide to organic food. "All the meat is produced to the highest standards of animal welfare" Homes and Gardens". "Melt-in-your-mouth texture and real flavour" You Magazine (Mail on Sunday). "A Beacon of Hope" Christopher Stopes-Judge of the Organic food Awards 1998. All delivered directly to your door packed in a chilled box. Nationwide mail order.
E-mail: enquiries@higherhacknell.co.uk  Web: www.higherhacknell.co.uk

Colin Jones Design
Design of quality websites and web pages at a very reasonable price.
Cleave Hill, Dolton, Devon.  Tel: 01805 804219.
Email: colin@cjonesdesign.co.uk  Web: www.cjonesdesign.co.uk




Winter trees at Handford, Burrington, North Devon
Winter trees at Handford, Burrington, North Devon.  15th January 2012.
Oil on canvas board, 16" x 20", © Dave Tylcoat, 2012.





Location of Burrington, North Devon

Map of Britain



In the 'West Country', about 12 miles SSE of Barnstaple in North Devon.

50° 55.9' N,  3° 56.5' W
Ordnance Survey SS6316
Landranger Sheet 180 (1:50,000)
or Explorer Sheet 127 (1:25,000)



Burrington map

another paw picture Maps above by Dave Tylcoat


Use this map to show Public Rights of Way in Burrington - these are the ONLY Public Rights of Way in Burrington, there are NO OTHER Public Rights of Way in Burrington.



Travel information

Note that there are three places called Burrington in Britain (in Ordnance Survey city, town or village category), the other two being in Herefordshire - SO4472, and North Somerset - ST4859.

Local trains and buses
The Exeter to Barnstaple railway line (the 'Tarka Line', up to 9 trains per day either way, seven days a week) - the nearest station to Burrington (and the one which stops most frequently) is at Kings Nympton.  The line is currently operated by Wessex Trains, Tel: 08457 484950.  For buses (Exeter to Barnstaple, DevonBus 325) - there are two buses either way Monday - Friday, one either way on Saturdays, none on Sundays.  The bus service is operated by First Red Bus, Tel: 01271 345444.

Taxi (Private Hire)
A service is available from Dolton Beacon Garage, Tel: 01805 804240.  Bookings can only be taken over the phone between 7:30am & 7:30pm - although the actual service operates day & night.

Car Hire
Ford Rental (Barnstaple): 01271 372809 / 374173;  Peugeot (Barnstaple): 01271 326622;  Eurodrive (Barnstaple): 01271 376677;  Enterprise (Barnstaple): 01271 852900.

Minibus Hire (Burrington based)
ABC Minibus Hire.  16 seater for parties, trips & events.  Tel: Ron; 01769 520591.

By air
Exeter International Airport (about a one hour drive from Burrington).
Eaglescott Airfield (about five minutes drive). Tel: 01769 520404.

By road
See maps above
- or go direct to this URL at Streetmap.co.uk

Burrington on Google Maps - perfect for all those curtain-twitchers & gossipers out there - zoom right into someone else's back garden!  At the top right corner you can switch from Map view to Satellite view - and using the drop-down menu (under 'Traffic'), you can see photos.  If you drag the 'yellow man' (top left) onto the aerial photo you will then see the 'Street View' and will be able to 'walk around the village'.  You can use your mouse to move around, although using your arrow keys is quicker.

National journeys
Traveline is a service which provides impartial journey planning information about all public transport services – buses, coaches, trains, ferries, trams, metro and underground - throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Tel: 0870 6082608.  For the National Rail Enquiry Service (NRES) phone 08457 484950.  For coach travel check with National Express on 08705 808080.  (The last two are particularly useful for up-to-the-minute details of any service changes)



Winter tree, Burrington, North Devon
20th February 2012, between Kingsland Cottages & Forches Cross, Burrington, North Devon.
Photo © Dave Tylcoat.  More photos of Burrington here






More local information

The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington.

» White Moose Gallery, Barnstaple.

» North Devon Arts  Celebrating the Arts in North Devon.

» Burrington Parish Council   Meetings, agendas, minutes, etc.

» The Parish Council  - on a postcard by 'Cynicus'.

» High Bickington Community & Business Directory - local builders, electricians, plumbers, car repairs, etc.

» High Bickington Community Centre - badminton, bowls, zumba, pilates, films - and much more.

» Devon Community Directory

» Public Rights of Way - where you can or can't walk.  You can use an online form to report that Public Bridleway / Footpath signs have been removed.  Use this map to show Public Rights of Way in Burrington - these are the ONLY Public Rights of Way in Burrington, there are NO OTHER Public Rights of Way in Burrington.

» MUD ON ROADS  It is an offence under the Highways Act to allow soil or refuse from land to be carried, to fall or be washed onto the road. Devon County Council’s leaflet on farming and the public highway can be found on their website here   To report mud on roads or to obtain further information call 0845 1551004.  The telephone number is manned 8am to 8pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.  'Mud' includes cattle slurry / muck - anything that makes the road surface slippery and dangerous.

» DOG WARDEN  To report dog mess / irresponsible dog owners, call  01271 388870, customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk

» Mobile Post Office Van - Wednesday 10:00 -11:30; Friday 11:30 -13:00.

» tour-devon.com - A guide to North Devon.

» Burrington Primary School,  Burrington Church Of England Controlled Primary School
Tel: 01769-520352  Fax: 01769-520352 

» Parish Registers are held in the Devon Record Office; they cover Christenings 1601-1622 and 1637-1886,  Marriages 1601-1612 and 1637-1975,  Burials 1592-1610 and 1637-1960.  [Some non-conformist records are also kept at the DRO].  Transcripts of the Parish Registers are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.  Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1610-1812 and Marriages 1601-1612, 1624-1837.  The 1838 Tithe Map and the 1905 Portsmouth Estate Sale Catalogue are also stored there.

» Beaford Archive - searchable for old images of Burrington.




Silage bales, February 2012, between Pavington & Curzeland, Burrington, North Devon.
Silage bales, 19th February 2012, between Pavington & Curzeland, Burrington, North Devon.
Photo © Dave Tylcoat.  More photos of Burrington here



» Public Rights of Way - where you can or can't walk.  You can use an online form to report that Public Bridleway / Footpath signs have been removed.  Use this map to show Public Rights of Way in Burrington - these are the ONLY Public Rights of Way in Burrington, there are NO OTHER Public Rights of Way in Burrington.

» Monthly news round-up from Devon County Council (opens in new window)

» This isn't Exeter - so local it's not funny...

» Local Studies Centre, Barnstaple. Tel: 01271 388608.

» Holy Trinity Church - pictures, floor plan, details and the Burrington Green Men.   The church is grade 1 listed and dates from the 16th century, but it is of old foundation and its incumbents are recorded from 1277.  It has a notable granite arcade, wagon roof with carved bosses, an early 16th century rood screen and a Norman font.

A well researched and entertaining booklet put together by Jeff Cox in 1994: Burrington Parish Council, 1894-1994, Centenary Commemoration Then and Now. Burrington: The Council (1994) 64p, plates: ill.

» Ryall, David. Lest We Forget, War memorials around South Molton. South Molton Archive, 68pp. [ISBN 0 951236 1 4]

» Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1807-27 - see Barnstaple Circuit (PRO RG 4/954).

» Burrington Burials, 1813-1837. Devon Family History Society.




The Beacon, Burrington, North Devon.
The Beacon, Burrington, North Devon, 5th August 2012.
iPhone photo, via a puddle, © Sue Tylcoat.  More photos of Burrington here



» If you have some old documents of your own and need some help with reading them take a look at Dave's 'Early English Handwriting' page.

» South Molton & District Archive Local History Society. Details of archive holdings for the twenty-eight parishes in what used to be the South Molton Rural District, lists of publications, etc. The Community Information Centre, 1 East Street, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3BU. Tel: 01769 572378 Fax: 01769 274233.

» GENUKI: Burrington.  A lot of information here and some very useful links.

» Devonshire Heartland Tourism Association.

» BBC Devon.  A-Z of Devon towns and villages.

» Burrington Twinning Association - meets 4 or 5 times a year (usually in members' houses) for social gatherings at which we discuss plans and activities for forthcoming Twinning exchanges.  We are twinned with Cormolain in Normandy - an agricultural village of similar size to Burrington.  We visit Cormolain in the summer of odd numbered years and they visit here in even numbered years.  Stays are for 4 nights.  We stay at each other's houses and enjoy everyday activities and visit places of local interest.  More information from Tony or Tansy Parsons - Tel: 01769 520553,  Email: tonyandtansy@mullybrook.com




Burrington, North Devon, 18th June 2012.  Photo Dave Tylcoat
Burrington, North Devon, 18th June 2012.
Photo © Dave Tylcoat.  More photos of Burrington here





» North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5LN. [1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]

» Burrington Methodist Church, 1829-1979: 150th anniversary celebrations. Burrington: The Church (1979) [12]p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p287.1/BUR/BUR]

» Inscriptions on the graves in the church yard of Burrington N. Devon. Manuscript (1917) 1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.5/BUR/BUC]

» Buckingham, E.H., Burrington, Devon: Memorial Inscriptions (1917). [SoG DE/M25]


Cross  Celtic symbolism on a stone in the church yard.  Picture by Dave Tylcoat.



A few figures from the South West of England Regional Development Agency:

»  More coastline than any other English region.
»  37% of the land area is covered by a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
»  60% of England's Heritage Coast.
»  39% of England's Ancient Monuments.
»  24% of England's listed buildings.




Burrington, North Devon, tree
Burrington, North Devon.  Oil on canvas board, 20" x 16", © Dave Tylcoat, 2012.
Along the lane going from Five Oaks to Halfsbury Cross, 20th January 2012.
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Burrington postcard, old car
Postcard posted in Chulmleigh 15th April 1914
to a Miss B. Down, Spittle Barton, Chulmleigh.
Wildt & Kray, London, Series #2461.


Burrington postcard, Christmas greeting
Postcard posted in Burrington 15th December 1931
to a Mrs J Brayley in South Molton.
John Thridgould & Co., London.





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Village Contacts

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Last update: 9 June 2013

Burrington Holy Trinity Bellringers
Mr Steve Herniman, Libbaton, High Bickington, Umberleigh, EX37 9BS. 01769 560013.

Burrington C of E Primary School
Executive Head, Mr. Mike Johnson, Burrington Primary School, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9JG.
01769 520352 www.burrington-primary.devon.sch.uk

Burrington Holy Trinity Church Building
Mr Stuart Holton, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9LH. 01769 560351. To maintain the fabric and furnishings of the Parish Church.

Friends of Holy Trinity Church Burrington
Mr. Alan Fraser-Smith, West Aylescott, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9LH. 01769 520777. Set up to raise and retain money for the church to preserve it for the future.

Burrington Comrades Club
Mr Graham Short, Hillcrest House, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9JJ. 01769 520279. graham.short@pickards.co.uk Skittles Monday & Thursday each week from 7.30 - 9.00pm during winter months. Skittles League. Snooker, pool & darts every night except Sunday through winter months. Open to all in the Burrington Parish. Ladies Skittles - Tuesday Mrs Sue Short, Hillcrest, Burrington.

Burrington Festival Committee
Mrs Trudy Weston, 1 Pound Close, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9JD. trudy@weston123.fsnet.co.uk 01769 520645

Burrington Methodist Church
Mr Paul Bailey, Meadow Park, Burrington, Umberleigh, 01769 520413 pands76@btinternet.com Services at Methodist Church 11am Sundays.

Burrington Mobile Post Office Service
Tuesdays 11.00-12.30, Wednesdays 10.00-11.30, Thursdays 09.30-11.00, Friday 12.00-13.30, the mobile van is situated at the rear of the Chapel in the car park.

Burrington Neighbourhood Watch
Mrs Trudy Weston, 1 Pound Close, Burrington. trudy@weston123.fsnet.co.uk 01769 520645.

Burrington Parents & Friends Association
Contact made through Burrington Primary School, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9JD. 01769 520352. Support and fundraising for Burrington Primary School.

Burrington Holy Trinity Church Vicar
Rev Roderick Withnell, The Rectory, Chulmleigh. 01769 580537 roderickwithnell@btinternet.com

Burrington Parish Clerk
Mrs Angela Snell, Aylescott Farm, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9LH. 01769 520265. randasnell@hotmail.co.uk
Parish Council meetings are held monthly unless otherwise agreed, most are held in the Parish Hall. Dates are published in the Parish magazine and notices of meetings are displayed in the Shop a few days prior to each meeting. Agenda & Minutes are displayed on the Parish Council Notice board. Annual Parish Meeting in April or May. Parish Council owns the Square and Green (between Parish Hall & School), which is used as a children’s playground - dogs should not be exercised there, nor on the school playing field.

Burrington Parish Council Chairman
Mr John Short, Lower Twitchen, Burrington, Umberleigh. 01769 520431 jandjdevon@hotmail.com

Burrington Parish Hall
Caretaker: Mrs Nerea Osoro, 1 Jenny Fox Cottage, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9JQ. Hire charges apply – please contact for details.  Parish Hall Secretary: Mrs. S Bonner 01769 520601 sarah@bonny-beef.co.uk  Parish Hall web site: http://www.burrington-ph.org.uk/

Burrington Parish Magazine
Mr Jeff Cox, Pennyford, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9LN. 01769 520397.
The Parish magazine is available at a cost of 50p at the beginning of each month from the Church, the Shop, the Barnstaple Inn or by annual subscription of £5. Contributions may be sent to the Editor (Copy Date 15th of each month). Advertisements welcome £50 per whole page, £25 per half page.

Burrington Parish email address for forthcoming events

Burrington Parochial Church Council
Mrs Jane Gibson, Lower Braggamarsh, Burrington, 01769 560734

Burrington Snow Emergency Contact
Mr John Short, Pickards Office, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9NU. 01769 520279 graham.short@pickards.co.uk

Burrington Twinning Association
Mr Tony & Mrs Tansy Parsons, The Miller's House, Mullybrook, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9JN, 01769 520553 tonyandtansy@mullybrook.com Twinned with Cormolain, Normandy, France. Arrange exchange visits for families to and from Burrington. Annual exchanges of 15 - 35 people. Fund raising activities to fund trips.

Burrington Village Contact
Mr J Cox, Pennyford, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9LN. 01769 520397 coxjeff@hotmail.co.uk  Contact for information about the area - travel services, local events, societies in the area, timetables, newsletter etc. Linked to Community Council of Devon.

Burrington Village Rep. for Community Information Centre
Mr Jeff Cox, Pennyford, Burrington, Umberleigh, EX37 9LN. 01769 520397 coxjeff@hotmail.co.uk  The village representative is the link between the village and the Community Information Centre, South Molton.

Burrington Women's Link
Mrs Betty Cox, Pennyford, Burrington, EX37 9LN, 01769 520397, pinkbetty@live.co.uk
We meet first Wednesday of the month, except August, at 7.30 in the Parish Hall. We have various speakers on a whole range of different subjects. The occasional trip to the theatre or to eat out. We are a relaxed and friendly group. Open to all females over 16 years of age. Subs are £12 per year, visitors welcome at £2.50 per meeting. Our aim is to offer friendship and fun with a range of interests to all Link members and help in the community if needed.

Community Police Officer
Community Police Officer, The Police Station, Civic Centre, Barnstaple.
Non emergencies 101.  www.devon-cornwall.police.uk -  type in your post code. Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Devon County Councillor
Richard Edgell, Garliford, Bish Mill, South Molton, EX36 3QX, 01769 550242
County Councillor for Chulmleigh and Swimbridge areas, representing: Burrington, Chittlehamholt, Chittlehampton, Chulmleigh, East Worlington, Filleigh, Kings Nympton, Satterleigh & Warkleigh and Swimbridge.

Mobile Library Visits
Torrington Mobile Library, Torrington Library, Castle Hill, Torrington, EX38 8AA. 01805 622107. Mobile: 07773 360321. Calling Fridays fortnightly from 06/01/06, stopping at: Balls Corner 1.50 - 2.00pm, The Square 2.05 - 2.20pm, Pound Close 2.25 - 2.40pm. www.devon.gov.uk/library

North Devon District Councillor
Mrs Sue Croft, 2 Oaklands Close, Chulmleigh, EX18 7AU. letslivesc@hotmail.co.uk 01769 581613.

Refuse Collection - Burrington
Green Sweep, North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1EA 01271 374776 greensweepdirect@northdevon.gov.uk
Refuse Collection day is Friday, alternate weeks for black and green wheelie bins. There is also a weekly kerbside recycling collection of green box/bag by South Molton Recycle on Fridays. www.northdevon.gov.uk