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The local area guide to living in Chittlehampton

Chittlehampton is a village and civil parish in Devon that has been a thriving settlement since 700 A.D. The parish is perhaps most famous for the legend of St. Urith (Hieritha in Latin), which tells the story of a Christian virgin woman who, under instigation of her stepmother, was beheaded and cut to pieces by the villagers. Legend also has it that scarlet pimpernels sprouted where she fell which was especially remarkable because the area was in a drought at the time. However, Historians have argued that, considering the time period, it is more likely that she was killed by Viking invaders.

Nevertheless, the parish church, St. Hieritha’s, and St. Urith’s Well have both been a point of attraction for visitors for many years with people making pilgrimages to the well until the 16th century. The Grade II well is listed under the Planning Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest. Three adjoining cottages (Barnstaple House, Galleon Cottage & Plantaganet Cottage), Coachman's House and Clock Tower, Hawkridge Barton, Hudscott House and Stone Retaining Walls Forming Moat Circa 5-10 Metres West of Brightly Barton from the 17th century make up the remainder of Chittlehampton’s Grade II listed buildings. The Church of St. Hieritha is the only building in the civil parish listed as a Grade I.

Information about the local residents

The 2011 census recorded Chittlehampton as having a population of 843. 165 are under 18 while 50 were between 18-24. Almost a quarter of the population are between 44-59 with 209 being between that age range and 199 being 65 or older.

Driving is deeply embedded into the culture with only 35 of the 338 households not having a car. Chittlehampton in fact has more households with 3 or more cars (47) than there are with none. Of the 701 residents above the age of 16, 163 have no qualifications but 188 have Level 4 qualifications and above. 138 of the 411 strong workforce are self-employed.

Nearby schools

Though there are others nearby, Chittlehampton C of E Primary School is the only school located in the village of Chittlehampton itself. In its most recent inspection in 2013 the school was named ‘Outstanding’ in 2 out of 4 categories while receiving ‘good’ in two others and overall. While not in the village of Chittlehampton itself, Umberleigh primary school is nearby and provides the students of the area with another option.

West Buckland School is about 5 miles away from the village and is both a primary and a secondary school. South Molton Community College, which is also about 5 miles away is another nearby secondary school.

Getting around

As Chittlehampton is between roads A377 and A36, the area’s residents only need to take a short drive in order to reach one of the two. Just 2 miles from the village of Chittlehampton is the Umberleigh Railway Station which, running on the Tarka Line, offers passengers transport from Barnstape to Exouth and allows them to connect to services on the main line if they change at Exeter St Davids. With regards to local travel, bus 859 runs twice a day Monday to Saturdays while the 658 runs once a day on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Local shops

Local businesses dominate the economy of Chittlehampton, with many of the shops and services of the area being provided by the village’s residents who, in many cases, work for themselves. As well as a post office there are pottery and antiques stores amongst others while electricians, carpenters, childminders and gardeners make up a chunk of the village’s available services.

Chittlehampton is very accommodating to visitors with bed and breakfasts such as The Bell and the Walled Garden and rentable accommodation such as the Prospect and Cleave Farm Country Cottages.

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