Lympstone is a village and civil parish in East Devon in the English county of Devon. It has a population of 1,754. There is a harbour on the estuary of the River Exe, lying at the outlet of Wotton Brook between cliffs of red breccia. The promontory to the north of the harbour is topped by a flat pasture, Cliff Field, that is managed by the National Trust and used for football matches and other local events.
Lympstone river frontage from Cliff Field: Peters Tower and the traditional washing poles on the beach are visible
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It is known locally for Peter's Tower, an Italianate riverfront brick clock tower built around 1885 by W.H. Peters as a memorial to his wife, and for its tradition of residents drying washing on the foreshore. The riverside houses back directly on to the shore, with no continuous seawall, and the passageways between them to the beach are equipped with metal flood gates that are closed by residents when they are warned of high tides by a local alert network.
Near the village is the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), the principal military training centre for the Royal Marines. The training centre has its own dedicated railway halt, Lympstone Commando (not in public use), on the Exeter–Exmouth branch line.
Ralph Lane, equerry to Queen Elizabeth I, was born in Lympstone. He was a soldier who went with Sir Walter Raleigh on his second expedition to the New World in 1585. He founded a colony on Roanoke Island amidst great hardship and deprivation. He was later present at the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Singer and lead guitarist of The Kinks, Dave Davies, lived in Lympstone in the 1990s. Former Tottenham Hotspur footballer Steve Perryman currently resides in Lympstone.
Sport and leisure
Lympstone AFC were formed in 1906, they have sides in the Devon & Exeter Football League.
The Exeter–Exmouth cycle route passes through the village. The cycle route is popular for commuters and recreational cyclists. Prior to the opening of the cycle route the only direct route to cycle between Exmouth and Exeter was along the busy A376. The cycle route passes through the centre of the village bringing custom to the shop, cafe and pubs and adds to the vibrancy and sustainability of the village centre and its businesses. Despite this, a minority group is currently campaigning to change the route and are concerned it affects the village centre and could be made safer for users and villagers.
The 1st Lympstone Sea Scouts Group celebrated its centenary in 2012. It currently has flourishing Scout and Cub sections. It meets in the Scout HQ on Cliff Field.
Lympstone Manor is an historical house which now provides hotel and restaurant accommodation.
- Theophilus Rhys-Jones (d. 1959), headmaster of St Peter's Preparatory School, Harefield, Lympstone, and paternal grandfather of Sophie, Countess of Wessex
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : East Devon Retrieved 27 January 2010
- Lympstone Village Design Statement Archived 2009-07-28 at the Wayback Machine, East Devon Council
- Peter's Tower Archived 2010-01-09 at the Wayback Machine, Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project
- Washing line row hits flood plans, BBC News, online, 5 July 2005
- Waterproof! Lympstone tidal defence scheme complete, Exe-press News, Spring 2006
- "St Peter's Preparatory School". stpetersprep.co.uk. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
- Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, volume 2, 2003. pages 2721–2731.
- "Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage". Kelly's Directories, 1973 – Gentry, page 781. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- Smith, Rosemary (2005). The Lympstone Story (Revised and Updated ed.). Lympstone, Devon: The Lympstone Society. ISBN 0-9504102-2-5.
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- Lympstone village website
- Lympstone Village Design Statement, East Devon Council
- The Early History of Lympstone, Britannia.com, reproduced from The Lympstone Story: The Red Cliffs of Lympstone, Lympstone Society
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- Lympstone Cricket Club
- Lympstone Entertainments
- Lympstone Tennis Club
- Lympstone AFC Website