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Abbotsham
Abbotsham
(pronounced Abbotsam) is a village and civil parish in the English county of Devon. In 2001 its population was 434 increasing at the 2011 census to 489.[1]

Contents

1 Amenities 2 History 3 Abbotsham
Abbotsham
Village
Village
School 4 People 5 Abbotsham
Abbotsham
Road Station 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Amenities[edit] Abbotsham
Abbotsham
no longer has a Post Office and General Store but remains a vibrant community. There is a primary school, a Pre-School, a church a Chapel and a pub. There is also a village hall where a large range of activities take place. One bus service serves Abbotsham; the Stagecoach 319 from Barnstaple
Barnstaple
to Hartland. From May to October 2007, Stagecoach Devon
Devon
ran a commercial service, the 21B, from Barnstaple
Barnstaple
to Westward Ho!
Westward Ho!
via Abbotsham. However, this service was later withdrawn. The Big Sheep
The Big Sheep
amusement farm park located in Abbotsham. The village has a community website (http://abbotshamdevon.weebly.com/ ) which contains a wealth of past and present information about the village. History[edit] The area was called Hama in the Domesday Book. The village formed part of the original endowment of Tavistock Abbey
Tavistock Abbey
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 more detailed account of the links with Tavistock Abbey
Tavistock Abbey
can be found on the village website http://abbotshamdevon.weebly.com/ A mile to the north of the village is Kenwith Castle, built c1760 in the Georgian Gothic style and now part of a retirement complex with 31 stand alone bungalows and sheltered accommodation.[2] Abbotsham
Abbotsham
Village
Village
School[edit] The local village school St Helen's C of E Primary School (www.abbotsham-sthelens.devon.sch.uk) has been in existence for over 150 years. There is a wealth of information on the School's past available in the Abbotsham
Abbotsham
Archives including the School Register back to 1894 and many pictures of pupils, staff and villagers. An increasing amount of this information is available on the village website. People[edit] There are a number of valuable sources for family historians on the Village
Village
Website looking for references to particular families. These include the School Register from 1894 to 1997 listing pupils in alphabetic order, a transcription of the 1842 Tithe Register and a complete collection of press cuttings referring to the village from 1860 to 1978. Thomas Arthur VC (real name McArthur), 1835–1902, recipient of the Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
during the Crimean War, was born in Abbotsham.[3] Abbotsham
Abbotsham
Road Station[edit] Abbotsham
Abbotsham
once had its own railway station at Abbotsham
Abbotsham
Road on the Bideford, Westward Ho!
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.[4] See also[edit]

HMS Abbotsham

References[edit]

^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 8 April 2015.  ^ "Kenwith Castle". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-05-27.  ^ Thomas Arthur Archived September 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Stuckey, Douglas (1962). The Bideford, Westward Ho!
Westward Ho!
and Appledore Railway 1901-1917. Pub. West Country Publications.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Abbotsham.

Devon
Devon
Local Studies - Abbotsham
Abbotsham
community page Abbotsham
Abbotsham
in the Domesday Book

Coordinates: 51°01′N 4°15′W / 51.017°N 4.250°W / 51.017; -4.250

The community website is http://abbotsha

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