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A Parish without a Village

Renowned historian W.H. Hoskins said that Kentisbury is a ‘Parish without a Village’. What an apt description! A scattered rural parish, with three small hamlets, (Patchole, Kentisbury and Kentisbury Town), with no central core, coast line or focus to the community. However, Kentisbury Parish is full of interesting people, with warm and open hearts!

Location
Nine miles North East of Barnstaple and four miles from the sea at Combe Martin, Kentisbury is in a beautiful area. Over half the parish lies in Exmoor National Park, a designated Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA).

Population
With some 105 households and a population of 298 (in 1996) Kentisbury covers 1274 Hectares (3148 Acres). This makes the Parish slightly smaller than the average for Devon. We are 37th in population and 38th in acreage, out of 63 North Devon parishes.

Facilities and amenities
Kentisbury has a Primary School, (35 children on roll), a Parish Church of St. Thomas, a Baptist Church, a Post Office- shop and garage, selling petrol with agricultural engineers, a Village hall, the old station inn, a daily bus service, 2 telephone boxes, 6 letter boxes, a regular mobile library and public toilets and tourist information board at Blackmoor Gate.

Website, Catalogue and who to contact
After the Kentisbury Catalogue was completed in 2000, an Archive was begun to receive and store information regarding all aspects of Kentisbury the buildings, the people, the land, etc. etc. There is a file for each chapter of the Catalogue and in the past six years I have added material from the North Devon journal and information gained from past residents (several of whom bought the CD Rom of the Catalogue). I think it is important, for future generations, to maintain an ongoing record of the Parish, as well as obtain more information about its past.

The Archive is stored with Wendy Heywood – email wendy@kentisburyparish.co.uk. Please let her have any material you have which you think might be appropriate for the Archive- photographs of past and recent events, information regarding people and the history of the Parish anything which will help shed light on Kentisbury: its past, present and future.

Copies of the CD Rom of the Kentisbury Catalogue can now be obtained from Jim Bradley North Patchole Farmhouse, Patchole – email cd@kentisburyparish.co.uk. The CD makes an excellent Christmas present!!!